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Sure, Brad Paisley is an excellent guitar player now. But in his first semester at Belmont University, he got a D in his guitar class.
No, I haven’t been searching the Belmont archives. Paisley admits all of this in his book, Diary of a Player: “I, Brad Paisley, future multiple winner of the Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll for best country guitarist … got a D in guitar,” he confesses.
He goes on to say that his cavalier attitude about actually going to the class earned him that D. When he asked what he could do about the D, his teacher told him, “What you can do is show up for class, Brad. This grade isn’t about your playing. It’s about you not even showing up or learning anything that I told you to learn,” he said.
Paisley ultimately brought that guitar grade up to a B, but says that he thinks back to that D whenever he gets a little too cocky.