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#1
Hello fellow pit members.
For the past 4 months I haven't composed nor have I played my guitar, at first I thought it was just a phase but now I'm getting worried. I just get easily bored when playing and I have no motivation to learn or write anything.

Probably started when I lost all interest in metal (or most music with guitar). I now listen to the music I used to hate...electronic, techno, dubstep, drum n bass etc.. I also had a sudden change of hobbies when I went to uni, might have something to do with it.

I guess the important thing is to listen to what you love, but I feel like I'm going to waste like 6-8 years of practicing my ass off, spending 8 hours a day trying to get down a BtBaM song, or having a shitload of unrecorded guitar pro songs (that i think are pretty good) and spending at least a thousand euros on guitar related gear.

Anybody here gone hrough a long phase of not giving a shit about their instrument but then regained motivation? I'm seriously going to be pissed off at myself in a couple of years if I lose my guitar muscle memory.

inb4 cool story bro
inb4 dear diary
inb4 grow a pair of balls
inb4 everything

Thank you for reading... For your time:


HNNNNNNNG!
Last edited by Portuguese_boy at Nov 12, 2011,
#2
i auditioned for a university and havent heard back since. i also havent played guitar since because id unno if theyll let me in.

that was over a month ago
#3
that picture is absolutely brilliant 10/10

I don't play guitar anymore. I hit a rut with my playing and got bored. I play very, very occasionally now. You haven't wasted 6/8 years of playing if you stopped now because you learnt to play an instrument, if if you did stop you could pick it up again when you so chose to.

Just stop playing if you can't be arsed
#4
I have gone through those phases as well. I got my first guitar back in 2002, played on and off for about a year, then picked it back up in 2005. Since then I have taken breaks lasting a few days to over a few months. But when I pick it back up, I have a greater appreciation for it. I wouldn't worry. Your tastes will change, its normal.
#5
Now it just comes and goes, sometimes I feel unmotivated all week and barely play, sometimes I just can't let it out of my hands the whole week. This started happening to me once progress became very slow. There was this one lick that I spent all summer practicing every day for hours, but I never got it down, never saw any improvement despite how slowly and accurately I played it. That just killed it for me, at times I even wanted to cry. This guy I went to lessons with, he got that lick down in a week.
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#6
Take a look near her buttcheek. You can totally see where she was lying down.


OR that's just dry skin.
#8
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#9
Man, Do not quit! Whatever you do! Stop listening to that dubshit and try as hard as you can to be interested again. Try some different tunings. Go find some obscure shit and listen to that or try to learn something from there. If you were just some random dude on this site, I'd tell you to stop playing if you don't like it anymore, but for **** sake man, I remember hearing one of your songs, I believe it was called "Untitled 15". That song absolutely blew me away. I had never heard anything that epic on these forums before, and it inspired me. Massively. The only problem I remember having was some riffs were in the wrong place, but DAMMIT It doesn't matter, "Untitled 15" was AMAZING. Don't stop man. It would be a sad loss to this forum.
#10
No, I don't think I'll ever get bored of playing guitar, and if I did it would only be to start playing something else (piano etc)

I can't really express my emotions to anyone so music is my way of venting my anger.
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#11
Quote by Portuguese_boy
Hello fellow pit members.
For the past 4 months I haven't composed nor have I played my guitar, at first I thought it was just a phase but now I'm getting worried. I just get easily bored when playing and I have no motivation to learn or write anything.

Probably started when I lost all interest in metal (or most music with guitar). I now listen to the music I used to hate...electronic, techno, dubstep, drum n bass etc.. I also had a sudden change of hobbies when I went to uni, might have something to do with it.

I guess the important thing is to listen to what you love, but I feel like I'm going to waste like 6-8 years of practicing my ass off, spending 8 hours a day trying to get down a BtBaM song, or having a shitload of unrecorded guitar pro songs (that i think are pretty good) and spending at least a thousand euros on guitar related gear.

Anybody here gone hrough a long phase of not giving a shit about their instrument but then regained motivation? I'm seriously going to be pissed off at myself in a couple of years if I lose my guitar muscle memory.

inb4 cool story bro
inb4 dear diary
inb4 grow a pair of balls
inb4 everything

Thank you for reading... For your time:


HNNNNNNNG!


That was me 3/4 years ago. I couldn't care less about playing guitar or listening to music where the guitar plays an important part anymore. I think it's just something we eventually grow out of as we focus more on things which seem more important to us - others may be different, especially those who make music a career or have serious musical aspirations. For people like me and you, we prefer to listen to music more than we like playing it.

I've been listening to a lot of pop, RnB and some rap which has been my main musical preference for those 3/4 years. Looking back, I wondered why I ever listened to the rubbish I listened to before.
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#12
I did at one point for about 7 months. I started to get bored of the music I listened to, so I just started to listen to some different styles. Now, I'm learning Pachelbel's Canon on guitar and making my own metal arrangement of it and an arrangement for piano and guitar.
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#13
I've stopped playing guitar for long periods many times in my ~7 years of playing. In the last year I've been in a cover band, only playing guitar on the one night a week I have band practice + whenever we have a gig.

I recently applied for a university music course, mostly because I want to try to get back into playing regularly (but partly because I need an excuse to skip town.) I've theorised that I was only improving in playing through education, and the pressure or looming assessments, and actually enjoying seeing how much I had improved as a result.


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OR that's just dry skin.

Can't **** her now.

Sooooo ugly.
#14
havent touched my guitar in a while but i've still written quite a bit on guitar pro.
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#17
Quote by Harmonius
That was me 3/4 years ago. I couldn't care less about playing guitar or listening to music where the guitar plays an important part anymore. I think it's just something we eventually grow out of as we focus more on things which seem more important to us - others may be different, especially those who make music a career or have serious musical aspirations. For people like me and you, we prefer to listen to music more than we like playing it.

Yep, exactly what happened to me, shit's kind of depressing because playing guitar is something I used to love doing so much, even more than listening to the actual music as a whole...

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Man, Do not quit! Whatever you do! Stop listening to that dubshit and try as hard as you can to be interested again. Try some different tunings. Go find some obscure shit and listen to that or try to learn something from there. If you were just some random dude on this site, I'd tell you to stop playing if you don't like it anymore, but for **** sake man, I remember hearing one of your songs, I believe it was called "Untitled 15". That song absolutely blew me away. I had never heard anything that epic on these forums before, and it inspired me. Massively. The only problem I remember having was some riffs were in the wrong place, but DAMMIT It doesn't matter, "Untitled 15" was AMAZING. Don't stop man. It would be a sad loss to this forum.


Thanks man, that means a lot. I wish I could control my music taste though.
I think I started recording that song a couple months back but I never finished, doubt I remember how to play it anymore.

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#18
yup. me too. I just quit a band that was going nowhere and didnt wanna write. I was the singer and lead guitarist. Ended up seling all my stuff except my acoustic. Didnt regret that at all. Now me and the other guitarist are gonna start something up again cuz we were the only ones that actually have drive to be muscians.
#19
The worst part of this thread was the knowledge that TS thought his OP was so long he needed tits to draw back the shockingly short attention span of the farsehood of knowledge that is the Pit to his post.

So anyway, you grew up, and grew out of something. What you're feeling is fear of change, not anger at feeling like you've wasted time.

Welcome to life.
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#20
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The worst part of this thread was the knowledge that TS thought his OP was so long he needed tits to draw back the shockingly short attention span of the farsehood of knowledge that is the Pit to his post.

Also, you grew up, and grew out of something. What you're feeling is fear of change, not anger at feeling like you've wasted time.

Welcome to life.


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#21
Quote by Harmonius
That was me 3/4 years ago. I couldn't care less about playing guitar or listening to music where the guitar plays an important part anymore. I think it's just something we eventually grow out of as we focus more on things which seem more important to us - others may be different, especially those who make music a career or have serious musical aspirations. For people like me and you, we prefer to listen to music more than we like playing it.

I've been listening to a lot of pop, RnB and some rap which has been my main musical preference for those 3/4 years. Looking back, I wondered why I ever listened to the rubbish I listened to before.


Dammit I thought the chick was you 3/4 years ago.
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#22
Quote by Portuguese_boy
Yep, exactly what happened to me, shit's kind of depressing because playing guitar is something I used to love doing so much, even more than listening to the actual music as a whole...


Well it seems like you're changing. I changed too and I haven't really looked back. I wouldn't say I was depressed over it but as the years progressed, I think I became a little happier in knowing that I truly found out what type of music I love. That's not to say you don't like what you're listening to either but it's just a nice feeling that you're discovering music which you prefer than your old listening habits.
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#23
It happens pretty often to me, I haven't played bass seriously in a while, except for band rehearsals. I'm actually trying to concentrate more on guitar now

Like someone else said, if you've practiced for 6-8 years it could be because you've pretty much learned the instrument already. Practicing up to 8 hours a day for 6-8 years is more than enough to reach an advanced level at your instrument.
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#24
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No, I don't think I'll ever get bored of playing guitar, and if I did it would only be to start playing something else (piano etc)

I can't really express my emotions to anyone so music is my way of venting my anger.


Yeahh this is me also

There was one time where for maybe three days I felt like I lost my mojo, but it felt weird to not play, so I did until I liked what I was doing again.
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#25
It depends on your expectations and what you want to accomplish.


I play guitar not because I want to have a musical career or anything, the contrary, I don't want to. I want to become a kick-ass PC specialist. But I also want to master the guitar.

So I spend a minimum of 2 hours a day practicing, even though I now go to university and some subjects ARE interesting, I'd never NOT play for 2 hours a day for the sake of something else. Studying comes first, but I have my ambitions outside of materialistic values.
#26
This has happened to me a few times the key I think to getting back into guitar and really keeping a passion for it is A) playing different instruments (if thats an option) I always like to jam on my brothers drum kit for a couple of weeks and that refreshes my musical juices to write/play guitar again, or I'll learn some cool songs on bass and play that just for fun and go back to guitar. And B) Listening to the Rolling Stones, theres something about open G tuning and all the other weird stuff Keith and Ronnie and Mick Taylor do with a guitar that really changes my perspective on the guitar and how it can be played. Different tunings in general are a great way to refresh your interest, buy a slide and mess around in open E or open A or lapslide tunings, just **** around, it'll come back.
#27
As long as I can play what I write - which is usually fairly easy - I couldn't give a ****. I haven't cared hugely about guitar playing or considered myself a proper musician for years.
#28
I don't care anymore about guitars and basses. I am too occupied with my studies and visiting the pit.
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#30
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I started listening to Lil B and Skrillex in the beginning of 2011 and never touched my guitar since then.


Well that's just embarrassing.


Play in some new tunings.

I don't mean drop it down to A# or something, get some open C up in that shit, and relearn everything. New note positions, new chord shapes. You get some awesome sounds, and an actual feeling of accomplishment when you feel improvement.
#33
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Well that's just embarrassing.


Play in some new tunings.

I don't mean drop it down to A# or something, get some open C up in that shit, and relearn everything. New note positions, new chord shapes. You get some awesome sounds, and an actual feeling of accomplishment when you feel improvement.

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#35
I got more into production and nin type stuff and at first I stopped playing guitar. Turns out I just need a break my true love is keyboard now but I still occasionally lay down some power chord riffs. I personally find guitar kind of boring these days. Solos and such mean nothing to me anymore.
#36
I started to get really good up to around last year, then I made the mistake of trying to play 'Creeping Death' by Metallica. Could/can play it without the music, but when I try to play along, I was only able to do play at roughly half the speed of Hetfield. Knocked my confidence and have hardly played or learned anything over the last year. But I am currently learning 'The Clairvoyant' by Iron Maiden and just finished 'Children of the Damned' by them, so I'm getting better.

All I needed was a break until the hunger came back
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#37
I haven't genuinely enjoyed playing in... I dunno, six or seven months now. ¯\_(ツ_/¯
#38
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#39
Yep, same thing happened to me recently. I just completely lost interest in playing guitar, and went weeks and months at a time without even thinking about it. During that time I got into other genres of music like dubstep, trance, electronic house, ambient electronic, and so on, and also got into computers. Then one day I picked it up again out to see if I still had it, and it was great. Ideas flowed easier, as if they had been stored up, and I enjoyed it much more than I did when I made it an obligation to play every day.

I think that forcing myself to play is what ended up making me want to take a break. If you have to force yourself to do it, you're not enjoying it, and that's what guitar is supposed to be about. After a break, I just play whenever I feel like it, and I'm enjoying it a lot again. And I'm into a lot of other genres, so it's all win-win.

Tl; Dr, play whenever you feel like it. Don't feel obligated to play, no matter what anybody says, and explore whatever genres you want. In the end it's for your enjoyment.
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