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Axegrinder#9
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#1
has it ever happened that sometimes you take a break from playing guitar - an break which is not exactly spawned by conscious decisions but happens unconsciously, you just don't find yourself playing guitar for a long time, though you do have plans for seriously getting back to it very soon - just that when is a lil fuzzy...

I'm kinda going through a phase like that right now, partly 'cos I'm back home for the summer with all my friends and we partying like mad or getting high on LSD and debating existentialism and chocolate cakes... however the rare occasions that I play a guitar (which happens to be at a shop or at a friends place), I keep finding that my sense of "space" while playing, as well as my melodic expression have radically improved... at an expense of course, my chops are a lil blunt right now...

but does this happen (or has in the past) to you guys? and even more weird, to be very honest, I haven't heard much shred, let alone metal for the last month, it's been mostly experimental psytrance and electronica and a bit of smooth jazz...

any thoughts? should I be worried?

hope you guys are having a good summer, I certainly am
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Axegrinder#9
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#2
I also take breaks from my guitar, usually unconsciously, if I have a lot of work or things to do. When I take time to do other stuff, I obviously take time away from playing.

Also, about the creativity, it could be that your rusty chops involuntarily push you to other ways of expression?
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#3
Naa, thats perfectly normal.
I find when I actually break from the music I listen to for a while - and take in new culture (or drugs) and music for an extended period, it changes the way I think when I pick up a guitar. Sure your chops won't exactly improve, but I find doing things like this can be really helpful - why I never take my guitar on holidays or anything like that.
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#4
sometimes...it is because you got too many ass kissers..but in reality ..you suck..

when you got too many ass kissers --> you think you are good

you think you are good -- > practice less / less motivation

practice less /less motivation -- > improve slower

so basically..thats it !

oh yea..another reason is you got yourself a girlfriend
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#5
im into that phase at the moment as well.And when i pick up my guitar after a break the fretboard feels good and i feel a strange confident hold on it, like i can play anything at all at that time.
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#6
^^ Actually usuall after I have a period like that the strings are all skanky - so I have to change my strings. Nothing kills musical inspiration like having to restring a floyd rose.
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#7
I just picked up my guitar for the first time in a week.

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#8
^^ Well at least you can sleep at night in the knowledge that you are doing your bit for the community
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#10
It's happened a few times. It always feels soooo much better when I pick it back up though. I'm not sure why, but I had stopped playing for almost 2 weeks. It felt a bit sickening when I realised it, to be honest. :
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#11
i have other interests other than guitar but i have time for everything though sometimes i get bored from guitar but i stick with it even if i don't want to.

just like Jimi Hendrix said:

?Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded.?
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#12
I always take long breaks from the guitar and when I go back, I always am faster and my phrasing is better. The last break was from March - June, I had an accident and couldnt play guitar!

About the chops, they wil always come back to you after a week of consistent practise. The first day everything feels and sounds wierd though.
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#14
Yep its totally normal. Happened to me a few times when my amp had to be fixed. When I pick it up again it just makes it that extra bit enjoyable,putting you in that mind frame of being really open with the guitar. It feels sort of like a Writer who's just expierienced writers block and is now getting a sudden burst of inspriation I guess. Thats the best way I can describe it.
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#15
I'm going through something like that atm..I'm just not playing..

Mostly because I'm not sleeping much and playing a gutir would kill me..another is because of my obssesion with Japan..forcing me to listen to Japanese music and look at Japanese things most of the time.
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#16
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I've always balanced that well, and I mean when it comes down to the wire, it ain't all that different, guitar and girls eh?


My guitar has a whammy bar.... Girls shouldn't have them....
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#17
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I've always balanced that well, and I mean when it comes down to the wire, it ain't all that different, guitar and girls eh?


my chick only allows me to shred when we are f*cking..
rest of the time i have to play pop and sing for her

oh yea...special hint for you shredders..my friend told me if a chick ask you to teach her guitar..there is a 90% she really really digs you hold her hand to hold that chord!
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#18
Or you could just stop desperately trying to get chicks and grow up...
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#20
whats lsd like??? and yeah everyone slacks off at some point, i go through phase off practising **** loads and then next week im not really interested, i think its because with shred iv'e "got down" most of the techniques so im just practising the same stuff, so if you can find a new style to play that you enjoy then you get more variety. i used to look at the guitar and just think shred but thats a bad way to think. its like looking at your wife an only seeing sado massachistic sex...or something /rable
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#21
i took a 2 week break to work for my school exams. I started playing some random improvisations this morning and i just came up with loads of licks and stuff taht i had never done before. It was well good.
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#22
Quote by gapster
sometimes...it is because you got too many ass kissers..but in reality ..you suck..

when you got too many ass kissers --> you think you are good

you think you are good -- > practice less / less motivation

practice less /less motivation -- > improve slower

so basically..thats it !

oh yea..another reason is you got yourself a girlfriend



this makes so much sense, maybe if you declared selabacy, and locked yourself in a room with a manically depressed clown that tell you that your **** constantly, you'll get real good real fast.
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#23
I just got over it, it seems like after you take the break it seems so much cooler to play. It was long break, for like 8 months. Then started palying again. It's all good now.
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#24
I find that when I end up not playing much for a few weeks my chops and phrasing are condsiderably better when I come back to it. I'm not exactly sure why that is, it probably has something to do with getting out of the ruts I fall into with repetitive soloing and stuff.
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divinity in a teardrop, the universe in a nutshell... building steam with a grain of salt... and much more than these words could possibly explain.



Or, put another way, a drug that has been known to cause dimensia and schitzophrenia in those allergic, who are far more cammon than most people think.
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#27
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divinity in a teardrop, the universe in a nutshell... building steam with a grain of salt... and much more than these words could possibly explain.


Did you happen to feel the whole world sort of conform around you when you were on it?
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yeah dude. Once when I was tripping it felt the world was physically wrapping itself around me. I was so hapy to find out that it really did revolve around me....and then it ended....
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#30
Yeah, I keep going through spells like that. Just been through one due to exams and stuff, and I've found myself really sucking (more than ever) with speed, and my picking has got a hell of a lot less accurate. Used to be good with the picking hand. However, I have found my finger picking has improved slightly some how.
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#31
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Or, put another way, a drug that has been known to cause dimensia and schitzophrenia in those allergic, who are far more cammon than most people think.


it has been known to cause such, but there is no evidence directly linking up acid to schizophrenia, which is say perhaps latently existing in a person... I'd researched LSD for 4 years of my life since 10th grade before I finally dropped earlier this year. It is quite possibly the safest drug possible, hell it is safer than weed. it is sacrament...

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#32
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yeah dude. Once when I was tripping it felt the world was physically wrapping itself around me. I was so hapy to find out that it really did revolve around me....and then it ended....


that's actually pretty weird, I mean it seems you experienced almost an "ego-boost" but most of the times when people trip, it's actually a loss of ego, or atleast the sense that you're part of a great cosmic wonder than you being the focus of it.
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#33
Quote by Axegrinder#9
it has been known to cause such, but there is no evidence directly linking up acid to schizophrenia, which is say perhaps latently existing in a person... I'd researched LSD for 4 years of my life since 10th grade before I finally dropped earlier this year. It is quite possibly the safest drug possible, hell it is safer than weed. it is sacrament...

be informed guys, Erowid


I didn't say there was direct evidence, but there is a link, and yes you'd have to be prone to mental disorder, which more people than most think are. And its definitely safer than weed, I do agree.
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#34
I came back from Jamaica last saturday after being gone for a week. I was missing guitar BAD. I was thinking about it all the time.

When I got back, I noticed my chops had gotten a little sloppy. But only because I picked up the guitar and started wailing right away without any warmups. I had so much creative energy built up inside me, but my fingers just couldnt keep up. Now that I've been back for a week, my chops are back and I'm still feeling creative. Maybe a week off isnt such a bad idea.


and I think it's pretty sweet that you do LSD. I've been trying to get some for ages, but psychedelics are nearly impossible to come by where I live
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#37
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drop by at Ithaca during the fall



Hah, I would... but that's one hell of a drive from central jersey. But who knows, it could be worth it. I mean, even the pot sucks around here (when you can find it )
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drop by at Ithaca during the fall


Holy **** you live in Ithica, I live like 2 hours away from there. I went there to meet some friends and experiment with 20x salvia.
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#39
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I never take my guitar on holidays or anything like that.



wow, when i went to costa rica for 10 days i wanted to come back because it sucked not playing any instruments

maybe you think youre better after a few days of tripping and warping/forgetting how u sound?

im not anti drug or anything but it could be it
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