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Basically, I've experienced a recent lack of motivation to play due to surgery and I want to know if it's a good idea or not to take a break for an unspecified amount of time.
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Go nuts.

You'll eventually find you'll miss it and what to come back. It might be a little bit unfamiliar at first but hey you'll get back into it.
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Worked for me. I was married for 12 years. I almost never played. Thank God that's over now.

I've played more in the last 3 years than the prior 20. My fiance loves it when I play!

Do what you gotta do.
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are you in a band...cos look what happened to mike portnoy when he said he wanted to take a break for a few years
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are you in a band...cos look what happened to mike portnoy when he said he wanted to take a break for a few years

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LOL to T7Es comment.

but yeah of course its fine to take a break. some days i feel like playing drums or guitar and some days i dont. on days when i try and force myself to do either or both when im not feeling it, its never fun and i end the session frustrated. so to keep it fun, take a break if you feel you need to.


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#7
It is both ok and recommended if you're not feeling it.
Crazily though, I just want to say that you should try picking up the guitar and playing something again, though...you might have to semi force yourself to do it if you don't feel like it.
If you're still not feeling it...definitely take a break...but you never know...you might change your mind when you're actually holding the guitar and playing it.
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^ hey whats your agile like SYLrules88. been thinking about wether to get one as an 8 string.
Also how is the V3....need a new amp and have heard good things
#9
If you don't enjoy it, then don't do it. Unless it's your profession and it's all you have, then the choice to take a hiatus is there, my friend. Don't force feed it to yourself.
#10
I've never played constantly throughout my 20 years as a guitarist. Sometimes I'll play every day for a while, then I might not pick one of my guitars up for a few months. You quickly get back into it.
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I took a break for about two years a while back. never do that
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It's a question of your goals and what you get out of guitar, as well as why you don't have a desire to play, as to whether taking a break will really be beneficial.

If you just do it for fun, and it's not fun anymore, then by all means, take a break. See if it starts feeling like it could be fun again. Then resume. Or not.

If surgery in any way made playing uncomfortable, then please, take a break until you're well again. It's not supposed to hurt.

I personally get my fun not just from playing, but from noticing when I improve. I like doing well at things. Somedays I wake up and start trying to play and I notice every mistake I make and just don't like how I sound, but I play through those days, because it's those days that lead to the days where you pick up the guitar casusally and something comes out of your instrument that you never thought you could bring out of it. Those days are good. But you can't skip the frustrating days to get to them.

Basically, figure out what the consequences of taking a break will be for you, and if you like them, do it.
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^ hey whats your agile like SYLrules88. been thinking about wether to get one as an 8 string.
Also how is the V3....need a new amp and have heard good things


sending you a PM so i dont derail the thread haha


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Breaks are fine depending on what kind of person you are.
I remember i took a break after my band broke up then one day i felt like playing again out of no where and i improved like crazy!
but this was me now you might have a different experience so do whats best for you.
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#16
No, you must never take a break. You must play guitar every day until you die.

Actually though, knock your self out. Not the end of the world if you feel like you need time away from it. Hell, I don't even remember the last time I picked up my guitar for some serious practice, despite that I said I wanted to improve a lot and make a good start into writing my first album over the summer...
#17
I took a break of about 8 months. I was having money problems, my job was killing me and I just wasn't motivated to play. However, during this time I listened to a lot of music outside of my comfort zone. I used to be strictly Classic Metal, but I saw a commercial that had a Johnny Cash song which sparked in me a big love for old country. I heard a Robert Johnson Lick and fell in love with the blues, Expanding to Blues Rock and Classic Rock wasn't a long journey, and now you know what I play since my break is over. I'm 10 times more motivated to play than I ever was.
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#18
Man never take a break for more than a week or two. I went on vacation without a guitar and came back and had to work another good week to get my playing back up to where it was.
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I've taken multiple breaks over the course of my 12 years of playing.. one extended one and a few other short breaks. I always felt refreshed when coming off the break and played a lot after it. I actually think I improved my playing after the shorter breaks because of the amount of practice and effort I'd put in right after it ended.

Don't burn yourself out by forcing yourself to play. Play when you want.
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