I was at a book store with a friend today. A book store with music section.
"You know", I said, "There's lots of books called How to Play the Guitar. There are two right there. What I need is How to Play Better."
"How to Not Suck", he helpfully suggested.
There are certain things you must do to condition yourself, to not suck. The first thing you must do, I believe, is to play with other people in front of other people. I suppose the 'with other people' part might not be necessary. I don't know that folkie fingerstyle singers really need to weave tapestries of DADGAD notes with other people, but 'in front of other people' is necessary. This is necessary because, when you perform, you must get it right the first time. When you practice and you blow a note, you can always start over. When you're one of a band, and especially when you're in front of an audience, you have to keep going once you've blown it. A necessary but not sufficient requirement of Not Sucking is playing through your errors, of disguising them and certainly not stopping. (See the Closer To Fine lesson for a great example.)
What are other ways to not suck? What else can I do so I, too, can not suck?