#1
So I've got 2 issues.

I love my guitar, literally I just love it as this one particular item. I know I wouldn't like any other as much as my very first one. The thing is, she's kind of lowmid-end guitar and I need a new one but it's going to feel like cheating your own wife or something.

But it's a very minor issue comparing to the fact that...

I love my guitar more than playing. When I'm VERY ultra-examination-session-busy, I grab her 50 times a day just for a second to play few chords and scales, and just that brings a huge smile to my face. Just holding her for a while really makes the stress disappear. However practice itself is not that amusing, especially when I'm forcing it because I haven't practiced for few days due to studies or something. I lose my practice motivation everyday. But I don't want to take breaks, because I already rarely practice because of my obligations irl. Still, I won't stop "playing", just because I really love that one instrument.

This seems like a very bad approach for a aspiring guitarist. I'm not improving as fast as I possibly should. I'm still young and I've been thinking about chainging my university for a music one. But I do not love music. I love my guitar.
#2
Why call it practice? Give yourself projects. I myself have 3 different projects at the moment.

1: I'm writing an acoustic ambient album
2: I'm writing my solo project album of song/harmonica/guitar
3: I'm trying to write songs that interpret books I've read and that mean a lot to me.

Don't call playing guitar practice. Ever. It's stupid.
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#3
get into new music styles! Or learn to sing, then you can sing and play!

also, what guitar do you have?
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#4
...what?
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#5
Are you secretly me? I have the exact same problem XD
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#7
Changing courses is not the best option considering your view on things.

If you love guitar and not necessarily the grand scope of music (which a course would entitle), then perhaps it would be more wise to find or create a band and continue with your currents studies. You must never forget that having a music degree does not guarantee success in music.

You also suggest progressing fast as you "should", this is not the case. "Should" is a benchmark set by other people, and in learning guitar, everyone learns at different rates. I find that learning guitar comes in stages of 'breakthroughs' - it is only through practice, patience and enjoyment that these 'breakthroughs' are achieved.

Doing scales and learning them is all very well and good, but they do not necessarily lead to enjoyment. They are fine to warm up on, but creating and learning what you listen to and enjoy is where true enjoyment lies.
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#8
Change your university to one that offers English Language studies.

Also, GROW A PAIR. No one on here has the definitive answer to your problem surrounding motivation.

If you love guitar music; learn, practice, play. If you don't, go watch Glee.

Simples
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Change your university to one that offers English Language studies.

Also, GROW A PAIR. No one on here has the definitive answer to your problem surrounding motivation.

If you love guitar music; learn, practice, play. If you don't, go watch Glee.

Simples


Because shouting will solve his problem?

Motivation is key to all walks of life, however simply getting angry and forcing through - whilst it may work occasionally - may do more harm than good.

His problem with motivation lies in not being to express himself through his guitar due to his lack of time of being able to spend with it. We all feel this from time to time, life can 'get in the way' of such things. And we will all find a time when we feel that way.

If you truly enjoy it and love it, then motivation will come back to you.

As i previously stated, changing degree's will not solve your problem. Finding a band or creating your own music, might.
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Change your university to one that offers English Language studies.


Actually I'm on a Japanese Filology atm, and I'm from Poland, thanks.
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Because shouting will solve his problem?

Motivation is key to all walks of life, however simply getting angry and forcing through - whilst it may work occasionally - may do more harm than good.

His problem with motivation lies in not being to express himself through his guitar due to his lack of time of being able to spend with it. We all feel this from time to time, life can 'get in the way' of such things. And we will all find a time when we feel that way.

If you truly enjoy it and love it, then motivation will come back to you.

As i previously stated, changing degree's will not solve your problem. Finding a band or creating your own music, might.


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Thanks Oprah


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No worries typical Daily Mail reader.


Seriously, who on this message board can change the way this guy THINKS about his guitar, and playing it? No one, surely.

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Seriously, who on this message board can change the way this guy THINKS about his guitar, and playing it? No one, surely.

I could visit the Ebay forum and ask why it is that I have no intention of buying a lawn mower.


There's always some people who try to give structured answers. If you have nothing to say to him just be quiet and find another thread.
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Why call it practice? Give yourself projects. I myself have 3 different projects at the moment.

1: I'm writing an acoustic ambient album
2: I'm writing my solo project album of song/harmonica/guitar
3: I'm trying to write songs that interpret books I've read and that mean a lot to me.

Don't call playing guitar practice. Ever. It's stupid.


It's not stupid if it's actual practice. Like if you're majoring in guitar at college. like i am. Practice is not stupid, it's how you improve as a guitar player. I'm not saying every time a person picks up the guitar and plays it it's practice, because it's NOT. Noodling and aimless playing are the death of a lot of players. For recreation, it's fine.

Kid. Just start practicing things that interest you more. Might i suggest, fingerstyle guitar! It's very challenging, and very rewarding, and it's a thrill to play.
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Structured answers?

I can't find another thread. I'm involved now, it's my duty to see it through.
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#18
you have a weird approach to playing guitar. it's not an obligation to me, it's just a hobby.
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Structured answers?

I can't find another thread. I'm involved now, it's my duty to see it through.


Constructive answer was what I meant.
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#20
What really worked for me is jamming with friends/people you like/people with skills and then discovering that they can play a part of a song or a lick that you cannot. It made me practice it over and over and over. Just because I wanted to be able to play along and be part of the jam session instead of just watching.

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#21
I know practicing and such isn't fun, but the payoff is great and will allow you to enjoy your wonderful instrument even more.

A guitar doesn't really care if you have other guitars. Two guitars can get along just fine - you can always put one in a different tuning and keep using it for that tuning.

If you have an acoustic, ignore this next part.

You can also modify your guitar to fit your specifications - a new set of pickups, bridge swap, new tuning pegs, even a new neck if it's a bolt-on. Think of it as buying her a set of clothes and lingerie.
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you have a weird approach to playing guitar. it's not an obligation to me, it's just a hobby.


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#23
I don't think I've ever 'practiced' in my life. I just learn progressively harder songs that help my technique and I wouldn't call it practicing cos that makes it sound boring, but by Jesus it works.
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#24
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Dude, just stop doing canned "guitar workouts" and learn or write some songs. Playing should never be boring.
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Why call it practice? Give yourself projects. I myself have 3 different projects at the moment.

1: I'm writing an acoustic ambient album
2: I'm writing my solo project album of song/harmonica/guitar
3: I'm trying to write songs that interpret books I've read and that mean a lot to me.

Don't call playing guitar practice. Ever. It's stupid.

Agreed. I do the same thing.
#26
I had the same problem as you. I had a guitar that I loved but I stopped playing it. My solution was I bought a better guitar. Also don't think of it as cheating because it's a guitar not a wife or girlfriend. Also don't you think that it's worth it in the long run that if you buy a new guitar which motivates you to play more thus making you a better guitar player.

Also as said above don't think of it as practice. Think of it as enjoyment. I don't think of playing my guitar as practice and I probably 'practice' every day for roughly an hour without even noticing time go by. I just love playing guitar. Also search up some tabs to songs that you like. Then you can learn how to play a song that you like which would motivate you even more to play. And if a song is too hard. Then you can play over, and over trying to get it right.