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I love the guitar and have been playing now for 30 years (off and on), but my biggest struggle has always been trying to focus on a style for any length of time. I love fingerstyle the most, but I also love acoustic flatpicking, jazz/swing, rockabilly, blues, heavy metal, etc. Given the limited time to practice, with 14 hour work days and commute, I guess I feel like I'm just scratching the surface with each style, although I try to focus practice time as much as possible. Thankfully, there is overlap in theory and technique, which becomes more clear all the time. But the greatest guitar players seem to pick a style and stick with it. I suppose that's the way to go if you really want to excel, but I just can't. I love them all. My main regret is the brevity of life and physical abilities, which necessitate specialization. What if we could stay healthy and keep playing for 300 years or so - could you imagine cross-pollination of styles and the things people would come up with? I guess I love flatpicking because it does blend country, jazz, blues, and even some rockabilly, although the heavy metal is really its own animal. I don't hear too many Phrygian Dominant (a staple of heavy metal) runs in most flatpicking. How do other people feel about focusing on a style versus splitting time between varied and eclectic interests?

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