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Hey everyone, I'm 15 and I've played guitar since roughly the 4th grade. I've loved it for so long. This January, I also began to learn to play bass. But at this point, I've just it a dead spot it seems like. I'm not improving, and I'm still a fairly novice player.

How do I progress? How do I get out of my rut that it seems like I've gotten into?

For reference, I like country, old rock, heavy metal, thrash, that kind of stuff.
#2
everyone gets that, I go for several months without touching my bass sometimes, then I'll hear a song that motivates me to learn it and I do, then I get bored again for a while

I'm trying to learn theory but I don't have the time atm, once I finish uni it'll be easier hopefully

listen to some new songs that you wouldn't normally listen to, learn some new songs from different genres, that's what I do
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#5
It's pretty normal to have slumps and get stuck in ruts. It sucks, but eventually you'll get over it. Get into different genres. Try blues, jazz, flamenco, salsa, funk, reggae, bluegrass, classical, whatever. And you don't have to stay strictly with guitar centric music. Learning music that is meant for saxophone or trumpet or anything that requires breath control can teach a lot about phrasing. After a while of playing rock and metal type stuff it's pretty easy to get burnt out on it - even if it's the style you ultimately want to play it's good to have influences outside of those types of genres. Then if you go back to those styles you have a wider variety of styles to incorporate.
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Hey everyone, I'm 15 and I've played guitar since roughly the 4th grade. I've loved it for so long. This January, I also began to learn to play bass. But at this point, I've just it a dead spot it seems like. I'm not improving, and I'm still a fairly novice player.

How do I progress? How do I get out of my rut that it seems like I've gotten into?

For reference, I like country, old rock, heavy metal, thrash, that kind of stuff.

Start playing some stuff that isn't that.

Try some disco, or surf guitar maybe? Have you tried rockabilly?
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#8
don't set expectation to high. if I get uninspired, I will watch other people play online...but ya, it's normal to go through this, although some people never come out of it
#9
god i haven't slept in 22 hours and have been drinking pretty good so ill cut to the chase

are you a 15 year old femal and if so can you hook me up with them digits if not ok then thanx ill keep giving up on life
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#10
because idk james is pretty close to jamie or something ok don't judge thnx babe love you
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because idk james is pretty close to jamie or something ok don't judge thnx babe love you


I'm a guy you desperate dimwit quit being a drunk and do something with your life instead of trying to get teenage girls numbers off of a guitar forum.
#12
oh baby I love it when you play hard to get.
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#13
I'm not drunk enough.
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#14
you'll know when I've drunk enough because then I start combo posting and my caps start failing
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#15
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oh baby I love it when you play hard to get.


Your little horny ass better chill out because you're asking for a dudes number and you'd rather have a shallow meaningless relationship with a female from what I gather
#16
actually I think I meant multi posting
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Your little horny ass better chill out because you're asking for a dudes number and you'd rather have a shallow meaningless relationship with a female from what I gather
senpai said my ass is little and it makes me feel dirty.
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#18
hey so like what r u wearing lol
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#19
I'm staring at this Christmas ornament and it sets my soul at peace

My life is lost in blue


Hold me james senpai.


Put it up my butt
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#20
see how many Christmas ornaments you can get up your butt
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Drink your wine
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#21
I don't think my aunt and uncle and cousins would appreciate me shoving their ornaments up my butt
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#22
i think they would
Eat your pheasant
Drink your wine
Your days are numbered, bourgeois swine!
#23
I got stuck in a bad one for over a year once. I didnt even touch the guitar for probably 14 months or so....

It only took one song to get me back to full swing and that was "Standing on shaky ground", Sweet tune! You literally can not go to a blues jam anywhere and not have this one come out....

But like others said just start switching up what you listen to and start looking at music from a different perspective and it can breath new life into your playing. Good luck.
#25
Wooo boy lets see I had a weak arse margarita (parrot bay) a Moscow mule and my own knob creek + maple cola soda thingy.

But I also haven't slept in 24 hours and it like (and sober me will agree) REALLLY makes it easier to get wasted.
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#26
My eyes are dying.
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#27
But my butt is not.
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#28
Which is a problem
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#32
+3 shots
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#33
by that I meant I had three additional shots.

Not that what I really need is a new amp and three shots because I have three shots.

Or had.

Because I had three shots
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#34
But yah I could use a new amp too
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#35
Where did my James smhookums go?
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#36
Where did my James sweetheart go?
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#37
Where did my James sugar lumps go???
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#38
Where did my James sweetie pie go?
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#39
Where did my James honey bear go?
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#40
so long jimmy
Eat your pheasant
Drink your wine
Your days are numbered, bourgeois swine!
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