#1
I have none...
which is probably why after 4 years of playing, I'm still not as good and I should be.

Any help?
#2
listen to different styles of music, expand your knowledge it will make playing come more naturally and be more fun

another big boost ive had both in motivation and creativity is joining a band
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#3
^ he's right join a band... you could also take loads and loads of lessons with a really good teacher who manages to motivate you, or you could just get out of that retarded lazy phase you're in you spoiled shithead, motivate yourself or just sell all your gear mate your choice. I feel that you're saying "just coz I've been playing for a long time I should be awesome by now even though I don't really play that much" because you haven't been playing for four years if you pick up a guitar once every month and play two chords ok? Get out there practice five hours a day write loads of songs.
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#5
only 4years????
i`ve been going at it for about 30....
try listening to other stuff,other players,other styles,you`ll find something,20years later shred is back instyle so...

I`m COOL again
#6
Quote by vayne92
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atGBKuCJ-Jc

Brilliant video. It inspired me when i lost motivation.


I agree. I've seen that video before and Steve Vai really knows how to make guitar seem more down to earth. I love seeing him in interviews because the advice he gives is much more useful than just teaching you a lick.

Thanks for that video. I've added it to my ***link removed*** . Definitely check that page out if you're feeling in a rut.
#7
Quote by C_Sleezy
I have none...
which is probably why after 4 years of playing, I'm still not as good and I should be.

Any help?



I found I sucked... until I started trying to be Jeff Loomis.

Literally in one week my guitar skill doubled... my shredding became cleaner (before it was an inaudible mess), and it's pretty much all based on who you want to be.
Find a GOOD guitar idol and try to be him. That is one way; worked for me at least.


When I was trying to emulate people like Mustaine I never really got anywhere because the bar wasn't set high enough. The thing is you never reach the bar where they're at for a very very long while, therefore when you have someone who is not as high up on the scale... you won't gain guitar skills that fast. Likewise, when I set Loomis as my goal... I noticed massive improvements in a short timeframe. Still, I realize that it will be at least another decade before I can even think I'm near his level for sure... but it's a start.


Or... if you really think you suck that bad, go get the metronome out and practice the basics at 40 bpm and bump them slowly up.
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#8
Quote by Cjk10000
I found I sucked... until I started trying to be Jeff Loomis.

Or... if you really think you suck that bad, go get the metronome out and practice the basics at 40 bpm and bump them slowly up.


I definitely think it helps to have people to model. That's where inspiration often comes from.

But if the dude is lacking motivation, I don't really think bringing out the metronome will really help at this point. He needs to find that motivation FIRST, then everything else will take care of itself. The technical stuff can be figured out fast once you have the motivation. It all starts there.
#9
Necessity helps. Fail at everything else in life so that guitar means everything to you. Necessity is the mother of all invention.
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#10
Establish your reason for playing guitar. If you want to express a creative vision, your motivation is bringing that music to life. If you want to play like a certain guitar god, push yourself to play at that level. If you just want to have fun, then have fun and don't sweat it!
#11
Actually, this could become a very deep topic. We all get into guitar for different reasons. Me because I love music and the connection and community it creates.

Some people do it to be admired. Stevie Snacks just posted a great video about this today. I think you guys might want to check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jhwN3rpGtA

After I saw it, I immediately wrote a response to it. You can find that here.. I talk about ***link removed*** and how having the wrong ones made learning guitar suck for me.
#12
Listen to new music! That's honestly been the key for me finding new motivation. Imagine yourself playing on stage or in front of crowds while your practicing. Don't structure your practicing either tbh, because then it will become work, and not enjoyable.
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#14
i still have the same probably, i find when i go to concerts (just saw iron maiden) i play alot more
#15
Sometimes when I read stuff on UG I get depressed because it reminds me of how bad I suck compared to other people.

Then I think, to people who don't play guitar, I'm still really cool and talented.

That helps.
#16
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Sometimes when I read stuff on UG I get depressed because it reminds me of how bad I suck compared to other people.

Then I think, to people who don't play guitar, I'm still really cool and talented.

That helps.


Haha... yeah, it's all relative.

Assuming skill on guitar is proportional to the time you spend practicing, all it means when you see someone better is that they've spent more time than you.

Would you get upset seeing someone who's older (and more wise) than you? Because it's really a similar thing.

People take it too personally when they suck on guitar (yet they've only played for 2 years)
#17
Well there's a difference between 'being as good as you should be' and 'playing'. The first is practice, and the second is fun. If you just want to have fun, have fun and play and don't bother about practicing technique. I'm assuming it's just a hobby, so you have no reason other than your own desire to improve technique. If you don't have that desire, don't feel that you need to have it.
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#18
Quote by Dayn
Well there's a difference between 'being as good as you should be' and 'playing'. The first is practice, and the second is fun. If you just want to have fun, have fun and play and don't bother about practicing technique. I'm assuming it's just a hobby, so you have no reason other than your own desire to improve technique. If you don't have that desire, don't feel that you need to have it.


+1

When practice or playing becomes a chore to play take a break until you want to play again. Playing should be something that's fun that you're enjoying. IMHO practice is something that you look forward to. Practice should be something you dread because you're "not a good as think you should be" noodle around it's amazing what nothing more than fingers on the fretboard can do.
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#19
Join a band and write and play music. If your playing guitar just to be good at guitar then your wasting your time anyway.
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#20
Quote by C_Sleezy
I have none...
which is probably why after 4 years of playing, I'm still not as good and I should be.

Any help?


There is nothing you can do, I'll buy all your gear for a bag of doritios, a half full dark green felt-tip pen and the peel of 12 and a half oranges.
#21
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There is nothing you can do, I'll buy all your gear for a bag of doritios, a half full dark green felt-tip pen and the peel of 12 and a half oranges.

if you tell met what your equipment is, I'll put up another bid...

naw, for real: play/practise along to some loops, that will get you going again.
I sometimes sit down listening to some drums until a suiting melody pops up in my mind, then start playing. Since looped drummers neither get tired nor stop, I catch myself practising quite long stretches of time, enjoying myself and gettin tighter on my timing.

cheers