#1
everytime i pick up my guitar, turn on my amp and start playing it always sounds the same. I think my routine is rooted in muscle-memory in my fingers. most of the time i can't even really "hear" what i'm playing. and obviously for one reason or another I can't seem to play what I'd like to be playing. nor can i break this box i seem to be stuck in.

ugh. maybe i just need to smoke a HUGE left-handed cigarette
#2
I'm kind of in the same boat as you are. Try learning some new scales and branch out to what you listen to music wise.
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#4
Perhaps stop trying to sound like other people. Use what you know to start making up your own stuff. Thats what I did when I got to that stage...it was like well im never gonna sound exactly like those guys so lets do my own thing..i dont know..
#6
yes try to find your own sound. and play different styles. follow the lessons from kristofer dahl :P and other lessons on the internet
#7
my reccommendation is turn off the distortion....or maybe in your case turn it on, or learn blues and modes
#8
Listen to something different, learn new scales and techniques. Experiment with the surf guitar.
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#9
i tell this to people who have this problem, cause it helped me a lot...

when i first started away from punk songs, i got stuck in this rut. i wanted to play classic rock/blues . I played acdc alot but that was gettin me nowhere. I was startin to think of givin up the guitar...until one day i learned a couple scales, mostly to think i as doing better, and found the pentatonic scale...so i commited hthis one to memory because i knew it would sound good for blues. so one day...i got on this little musical high because i had found a jam along blues/jazz cd that i could improvise too. This helped me get better faster than i could possibly imagine. Within a few days i could pretty much solo over any progression, and was comfortable doing so. I think the improivement came with improvising because it made me actually listen to the notes i was playing, and i started being able to hear blues in the notes i was playing


The moral of the story is:

TAbs wont get you anywhere musically. learn to improvise.
#10
A good way to get better is to find a cd with a solid beat that you can improvise. I used Doors songs. I play "the end" or "LA Woman" and jsut play whatever sounds good. Its a lot of fun and can help you out musically