Many, if not, all guitarists will get to a point in their guitar-playing life where they just don't have a spark for guitar playing anymore, but know they still love playing the guitar. While these feelings are only temporary, here's some ideas about Guitar Morale and Motivation, and the "Gut Feeling"
The Gut Feeling
There are many reasons why budding guitarists can get easily bored of guitar, but still have the gut instinct to go on and still enjoy playing. If you don't have this gut feeling of persistance, then either play for a bit longer to try and develop it (took me a good 5 months of solid practice to get this gut feeling. Now it drives me on to play every day), or it may be guitar isn't for you, and you may want to consider another hobby or instrument.
That last bit sounded harsh right? If you just felt a feeling like "Oh my God, maybe he's right, maybe guitar isn't for me", and it actually hurt to think that, then congrats, you have the gut feeling; don't give up just yet!
If I'm perfectly honest, this is how I got myself to continue playing, and still love it. If you have the aching pain that you're inadequate, then it shows you care to play guitar, so you should just keep doing it and improve! I couldn't be more happy with how I've progressed recently, and when you learn some techniques previously thought impossible, you'll feel such a rush.
Onto the Tips
Okay, now you know the mental occurances of the gut feeling when you're low on guitar morale. Now I don't know about you guys, but this gut feeling's so unbareable, that I want it gone. FAST! And the more better you get at guitar, the more times you'll get these feelings. The good news is, that they only last a short time at this point. But how do you get past this feeling you ask? Many of you will have tips that prove very effective to quenching your guitar thirst, but if you need some advice, here are my favorite morale boosters:
Tip 1: Do Nothing!
One trick I like to do when I'm in a rut is to pretty much do sod all about it. I'll decide "Hmmm, time to stop methinks", put the guitar down, and maybe leave the house to go meet a friend or something. This is a great exercise, becasue it gets your mind off playing, and therefore relaxing your state of mind. Meet a friend, do another hobby, or just chill watching TV with a big bag of chocolate, do anything to get your mind off it.
After a while, go back to your guitar, preferably a few hours after doing "Nothing" and see if you've gotten out of this rut.
This technique also works well when trying to master tricky techniques. The resting heals tense muscles used whilst learning a technique, and makes the next attempt far more successful.
Tip 2: Flick a Video On
Not just any video, a guitar lesson video! Or maybe a guitarist Demonstration video, just something to do with guitars! I find that watching a video lesson really improves your frame of reality, showing that particular techniques are possible. There are a lot of teachers out there who always seems extremely optimistic, and I find this optimism rubs off on me. I find Joe Satriani's lessons to be very motivating, as he always smiles and makes you feel good about guitar playing.
If you go to a video with a guitar soloist (Satriani, Vai, Michael angelo Batio etc) and watch them play, then this will incredibly boost your morale, especially if it's a guitarist you admire and is influential to you. My personal influence is Jani Liimatainen. Whenever I see him perform, he always makes me want to jam along. This is what you want people! So go flick on youtube and find a video!
Tip 3: Music Time
I Listen to Music whenever it's acceptable and accessable; In the car, On the computer, Whilst washing the dishes, while walking up the road, whenever. It's a very simple strategy, as when you listen to bands you like, you get ideas on what you could try and learn next time you pick up your guitar. For example, one could turn his ipod on, and play an album by Lordi. After two songs, you could end up thinking "That Chord progression sounds insane. I'm gonna try that when I get back". Give it a try guys :)
Tip 4: Hit the Forums
Looking up a thread on guitar forums by a person with similar problems can be very helpful. First off, it hammers it home that there's more than you in this world who suffers from guitar ruts, and secondly, you actually get some help with your problem. If you can't find a good thread, make one, and see what replies you get.
Warning: On many forums, there wil be the occasional moron who will pretty much crush you about your grammar, or your misunderstanding on which forum to post your thread. This is all good, and I assume they mean well, but they just do this, and leave you with no help, which personally winds me up. Also, watch out for what I call "Divebombers". These are guys that get past your initial question, and will either attack your choice of gear, guitar, or your mere niavity or lack of experience on a topic. Just keep your cool around these guys.
Tip 5: Find new Styles/Techniques
Learning techniques and stlyes from many genres will give you the ability to master previously difficuly techniques. An example is that I first began to learn Punk as a main genre. When I moved onto more rock-based music, I found out that I had already gotten a lot of the concepts of power chords, bending and hammer-ons down already. Then, when I moved on from rock to Metal, I found that I had developed in many of the elements of both rhythm and lead guitar.
Finally, Some Suggestions
Before I go, here are a few suggestions for things to practice if you haven't already. The techniques are all fun for me personally, and I find that if I have nothing to do, then juggling between these works really well:
1. Hammer-On/Pull-off up scales
2. Finding octaves/identical notes
3. Learn new scales
4. Learn songs by ear
5. Learn the theory behind songs
6. Sweep picking exercises
7. Play through songs you like, no matter how easy
To wrap up
It happens to all of us, and it's not a happy feeling. Hopefully, with these tips, and along with your own ideas, you and I should be able to combat the gut-feeling, and enjoy guitar a lot more. Feel free to ask me any questions via a message, or reach me on my e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, feel free to post your own tips down there, in the comments section.
Hope this helps guys. Stay Metal! \m/