#1
This is random, say if you've gotten sick of playing or just think you're shit,

what do you do to get back into playing the good old acoustic?
#2
I also think NEW music that is inspiring will also help. Serach out fresh sounds for your ears.
#3
Try to write some music. Creating your own songs can be more rewarding than always playing covers. Also since it's the only time anyone has ever heard it, they have nothing to compare it to. It's the best version around, lol. Seriously though, your never gonna get better thinking your shit, stay optimistic and you'll improve.

Try playing a different style of music to bust you out of a rut too, it helps. Get some drum backing tracks as well, they're fun to play with.
#4
Give it a break, take a couple of days out and don't even touch it. I lose inspiration a lot or get writers block. All i do is chuck my itunes on play some xbox, do anything but play the guitar then come back a couple of days later and its all fresh.
#5
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Give it a break, take a couple of days out and don't even touch it. I lose inspiration a lot or get writers block. All i do is chuck my itunes on play some xbox, do anything but play the guitar then come back a couple of days later and its all fresh.


This. Just remember that playing the guitar is such an exceptional outlet for anger or emotion that you will regret it if you quit.
#6
I just kinda wait it out. After a week or two I remember that I have my guitar sitting in my closet, so I go and get it and play all the songs I know. I'm usually inspired to learn other songs after that, so it end up alright. It's like a cycle for me. Play it a couple weeks. One week of meh. A couple weeks off. Repeat.
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#7
I find this only happens to me when I lose momentum. If I don't play for a while I'm really not bothered about playing it at all because my chops aren't in shape.

But now I play a lot. Minimum of one hour focused practice a day, and I don't always want to do it but I just do (I'm good at that, trick is don't think about it, and how you can't be bothered, just shut up and do it because when you start it's not so bad, kinda like homework) And when you find yourself improving in your technique you'll want to play more, and not lose that momentum.

This works for me anyway. I've improved a lot recently and I feel a huge urge to play and practice as much as I can. If I'm playing a videogame or watching a film I'm itching to play the guitar and practice, whereas it used to be the other way round.

I would recommend just practicing for 20 minutes a day, work on pick technique, chord changes or a mixture. Just 20 minutes of focused practice with nothing to distract you.

Also think about how much chicks dig proficient guitar players. That helps too.
#8
Everyone has been there.
find some new easy songs that you like and start working them out again.
#9
i learn to play something that's not the kind of music i usually listen to or play. i spend a few days playing the drums or the bass and then come back to guitar.
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#10
cool beans
Im not actually in a bad patch with the guitar.......
I usually check out some new stuff on youtube, like the channel lablogotheque or visit some busking websites, to find some inspiration, always some fun acoustic stuff on that. learning new songs also gets me keen again.
#11
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Also think about how much chicks dig proficient guitar players. That helps too.


lol, chicks dont care about proficiency. If you look "cute" and can strum out a few chords and sing "pretty" they'll be all over you. Playing like yngwie not so much.
#12
Changing tunings.
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#13
I've been playing for about 4 years and I've never once been in the situation where I've had to make myself carry on. For me, it really is all about enjoying it.

If you don't enjoy playing, then you gotta ask yourself if you've chosen the wrong instrument.

Any kind of art is a great expression of anger/emotion etc, and for me guitar is right but it may not be for you. Hope you find one which works for you
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#14
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I've been playing for about 4 years and I've never once been in the situation where I've had to make myself carry on. For me, it really is all about enjoying it.

If you don't enjoy playing, then you gotta ask yourself if you've chosen the wrong instrument.

Any kind of art is a great expression of anger/emotion etc, and for me guitar is right but it may not be for you. Hope you find one which works for you

Just because someone becomes bored with what they perceive as the limitations of their instrument does not mean that they've chosen the wrong instrument. It simply means they need to make a change or take a break. To imply you can only be a guitarist if you never become bored with guitar is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard.

Frankly, I find your comment downright offensive.
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#15
I never intended it to mean that. I simply meant that if you can't motivate yourself to do something then you have to consider the possibility that it's not right for you. I'm speaking purely from my own experience by the way, after going through bass, drums, and then finding guitar.

I couldn't motivate myself to do either of those but when I found guitar I've played every day since I picked it up.

Apologies if that was offensive, I definitely didn't intend it that way.

Just that to me, if you're passionate about something then you don't have trouble motivating yourself towards it.
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#16
I just re-read your comment, and I didn't perceive the original question to be referring to the limitations. My interpretation was bxr_con couldn't find the motivation to play. Motivation to persevere is a very different thing which I would've addressed very differently.

This is why I'm not a huge fan of online communication, misunderstandings happen much more regularly... Sorry again, didn't mean it that way at all.
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#17
Apology accepted. Personally, I don't believe in limiting oneself to a single instrument or avenue of style. I play violin, viola, cello, double bass, electric bass, electric guitar, classical guitar, acoustic steel-string guitar, banjo, ukulele, many various ethnic instruments, flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and oboe.

If I grow bored with one instrument, I'll play another. I don't believe this limits me as a performer. In fact, I find it increases my ability as a musician to not look at an instrument in terms of positions and mechanics, but solely in terms of notes.
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#18
I'd have to agree with you on that to be honest, a greater understanding of other instruments (both in playing, sound, and general interaction) does heighten the understanding of your own/others and should help you play better.

I just know that for me I focus on guitar as it's the only instrument I've found which I enjoy enough to go back to every day without fail, and that I actually miss if I don't
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#20
Is it even natural to never take breaks from guitar? I know some people who claim they never take any breaks, but it seems more common to find people who take breaks regularly and get back to guitar after a short break. I mean, it doesn't have to be years, but a few weeks every now and then makes a huge difference for me personally.
#21
As far as I'm concerned, if you enjoy something then why take a break from it? I've never played in a way which is like "I must practice this technique over and over" or "I'll spend this week learning this style/scale or whatever", I just play because I enjoy it. Yeah sure, I do spend time learning songs and stuff when my band is learning new stuff, but I've never been one to practice strictly unless I really have to for a gig.

I may get to the point where I take a break, but in the 4 years I've been playing, I've never had reason to. It's part of my everyday, not a set time or anything like that, it's just something that I find myself doing everyday whether I plan to or not.
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#22
That's real interesting. I wish I were like that. I love the guitar, but sometimes I feel the need to stop and get some perspective. I've also heard from many players that taking a breather every once lets your brain process, and you come back playing better. This has happened to me on more than one occasion.
#23
See to me, THAT'S the interesting perspective :P For me I find that if I've been without a guitar for a week or so if I've been on holiday or something, I really miss it and I'll come back home and just play it loads more as if I'm making up for lost time. I've never really found that it makes my playing better because of it, and certainly not noticeably worse or I'd be a bit worried.

I guess it depends on what you're main reason for playing is. Over the year's it's become less of a hobby as such, not something which I have set goals for or anything, it's just something that I love doing and is one of those things that I can't do without. I'll come home at the end of the day and just play for a while, just because. There's no reason really, unless I'm practising a set for a gig, other than because I love doing it

But hey, everyone's different right?
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#24
Seriously, you don't play for a week and you're playing doesn't really suffer for it?

That's odd. To say the least.
#25
Well it does, but no massively. I've got a really weird memory when it comes to guitar, once I've learnt something and taught myself to play it properly/fast etc, then I can still do it like a month or so later even if I haven't played it since. It's really weird and confuses all my friends, but I'm not complaining

With things like improvisation, that obviously takes more of a hit as I get out of practice and takes a few hours or whatever to get back into it, but it never takes me long. But as I say, I've never really gone for more than a week without playing at all and that has only happened a handfull of times in the last 4 years
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#26
For me it depends on when I take the break.

If I've been on a massive practice streak of months and months non-stop, my playing improves from a short break. Possibly because I've been overdoing it. If I've take a break after still being pretty fresh, the playing gets worse.