#1
I've been playing the electric guitar for a very long time. But over the past few months, I feel like I'm actually getting worse. And even though I spend hours a day practicing, I don't seem to be making progress anymore, but vice-versa. It's very disheartening.
Is there anyone here who knows of some way to overcome this hurdle?
(I play every genre)
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I've overcome this in the past as well by playing with other people.

Seconded. Give this a go. Oh, and

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i good thing for me when i get in a creative funk is to go take a lesson or two. i get in that state of mind seemingly every 4-6 months, if it lasts longer than a few days, i call up a local teacher, set up an appointment and get some new ideas to work on. my teacher knows i only see him 2-3 times a year, but he doesn't seem to mind.
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#10
It's possible you feel like you're regressing because you're getting more critical - you're getting better and having higher expectations for yourself, so you're having a harder time meeting your expectations.

A couple of days off is good. Definitely, the next time you pick up your guitar, don't play things that make you think about how good you are or aren't - just have fun with it. Play something new or different.
#11
I find that if I spend more time doing exercises and memorizing scales, and less time just playing, I can't play as clean when I am just playing. So I have to have a balance of exercise and playing in order for things to flow.
#12
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It's possible you feel like you're regressing because you're getting more critical - you're getting better and having higher expectations for yourself, so you're having a harder time meeting your expectations.

^ this is a good point.
The better you get, it gets more difficult and takes longer to noticably improve.

Taking time off like everyone says is also a big help.
I routinely take off a week or even a month from practicing if I feel burnt out.
When I get back around to daily training... I always feel like I come back playing better.
Not improved necessarily - just the stuff that was difficult before seems a little easier.
#13
One question that may seem unkind: how old are you? Are talking about speed or other aspects?
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I've been playing the electric guitar for a very long time. But over the past few months, I feel like I'm actually getting worse. And even though I spend hours a day practicing, I don't seem to be making progress anymore, but vice-versa. It's very disheartening.
Is there anyone here who knows of some way to overcome this hurdle?
(I play every genre)

Do you find youself playing the same thing over and over?
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#15
You could very well be in a rut.....just take it easy for a while....
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