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Should I take my acoustic guitar to university?

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    Hi all. I'm a Durham fresher and I'm not sure whether or not to take my acoustic guitar to university, for a few reasons.

    Firstly, I'm not very good at it. I've been happily playing it in my room, on and off, since Christmas 2014. I can strum along and fingerpick some basic songs (the most advanced being the first minute or so of Mason William's 'Classical Gas' but it doesn't sound great), and I'm mortified about being put on the spot and asked to play something.

    Secondly, I'm worried about annoying people in my halls, though I think this would be OK as long as I only play during the day and keep the acoustic Judas Priest to a minimum.

    Thirdly, and most importantly, I'm worried about the image that comes with an acoustic guitar, especially being seen as the sort of faux-hippie that plays 'Wonderwall' around campfires that no-one really likes. I'm quite a reserved guy and I worry that turning up with an instrument on my back would give off the wrong image (exacerbated by my aforementioned lack of skill).

    What do you think? I'd certainly miss not playing the guitar, but have other people had issues with instruments and the associated labels? Am I worrying about nothing (as I usually do)?

    Thanks!
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    Personally, I wouldn't see you as a faux-hippie, just to clear the last concern up. As a fellow bad guitarist, I think it might even be useful for making friends, and there are normally musical events for people that are just having fun, so it might be good to have it for that. I think you should take it. At the very least, it will help make your room look homely.
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    (Original post by Jonquillion)
    Hi all. I'm a Durham fresher and I'm not sure whether or not to take my acoustic guitar to university, for a few reasons.

    Firstly, I'm not very good at it. I've been happily playing it in my room, on and off, since Christmas 2014. I can strum along and fingerpick some basic songs (the most advanced being the first minute or so of Mason William's 'Classical Gas' but it doesn't sound great), and I'm mortified about being put on the spot and asked to play something.

    Secondly, I'm worried about annoying people in my halls, though I think this would be OK as long as I only play during the day and keep the acoustic Judas Priest to a minimum.

    Thirdly, and most importantly, I'm worried about the image that comes with an acoustic guitar, especially being seen as the sort of faux-hippie that plays 'Wonderwall' around campfires that no-one really likes. I'm quite a reserved guy and I worry that turning up with an instrument on my back would give off the wrong image (exacerbated by my aforementioned lack of skill).

    What do you think? I'd certainly miss not playing the guitar, but have other people had issues with instruments and the associated labels? Am I worrying about nothing (as I usually do)?

    Thanks!
    Not at all!
    I would see you as someone who wants to learn or enjoys playing the guitar.



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    i had a piano i was learning to play (so was terrible at!) in halls... as long as you're not super loud while people are trying to sleep it won't be a huge issue, if anyone had a problem most universities have music practice rooms you can go and use... if anyone asks you to play just say you've only just started learning
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    Hey what college are you at? My boyfriend is looking for someone to play guitar with (i play the banjo), would you be interested in maybe forming a band or something?
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    (Original post by Jonquillion)
    Hi all. I'm a Durham fresher and I'm not sure whether or not to take my acoustic guitar to university, for a few reasons.

    Firstly, I'm not very good at it. I've been happily playing it in my room, on and off, since Christmas 2014. I can strum along and fingerpick some basic songs (the most advanced being the first minute or so of Mason William's 'Classical Gas' but it doesn't sound great), and I'm mortified about being put on the spot and asked to play something.

    Secondly, I'm worried about annoying people in my halls, though I think this would be OK as long as I only play during the day and keep the acoustic Judas Priest to a minimum.

    Thirdly, and most importantly, I'm worried about the image that comes with an acoustic guitar, especially being seen as the sort of faux-hippie that plays 'Wonderwall' around campfires that no-one really likes. I'm quite a reserved guy and I worry that turning up with an instrument on my back would give off the wrong image (exacerbated by my aforementioned lack of skill).

    What do you think? I'd certainly miss not playing the guitar, but have other people had issues with instruments and the associated labels? Am I worrying about nothing (as I usually do)?

    Thanks!
    Without a doubt I would say take your guitar!!!

    I took mine, and despite being a bit sketchy and only really knowing chords, my flatmates either didn't care at all, or just clapped outside my room if they were walking past and once asked if they could sing with me while I played. I never got any stereotypes or rude comments - if people didn't relate and want to talk about it in a nice way, they simply didn't mention it. I don't think it's a huge deal.

    But having your guitar at uni can definitely be a great way to relax during deadlines or after lectures, can cure boredom of course, and you will find that you only get better and better! Also, I joined a musical performance society in my second year, which helped me to get even better at guitar, meet friends with similar interests, and even join a band and play in public! Of course this isn't something you have to do, but it shows that bringing an instrument is a positive experience in university. Even if you bring it and find you don't play it much, you said you'd miss not playing, so the answer seems obvious to me

    Hope this helps!
 
 
 
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