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#1
I just dont really feel like playing my guitar anymore. it seems like ive hit a wall with my playing. ive only been playing for little over a year but maybe its cuz i need some new gear. i just got a les paul but maybe i need some other new toys. theres no one that plays guitar in my ****ty town either. any suggestions on keeping the flame alive?
#3
Learn a hard song, really hard. Or start trying to play odd music that's typically not your genre. Or just take a break and pick it up again next week,

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#4
It may help you personally to fight through your lack of passion. Get yourself into it, focus and concentrate, and you'll come out a bigger man.

Or you could just put your guitar down until you feel like playing again, which is probably what I would do.
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#6
Taking a break doesn't work that well, and it can be the first step into giving up guitar for good.

Write a song. Find inspiration, pick a key, and start dishing out chord progressions until you get something you like. Record it with a drum beat and solo over it, or change it up from is basic strumming patterns and give it rhythm and add fills.

you'll find a lot of new ground to explore in doing this. You'll learn a lot, and it's fun.
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#7
I do that every few months. I hear a song that I want to learn so I learn it and play it for a couple months and then I get bored of it and blah blah blah.
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#8
Personally i take a couple days break when i get bored with guitar, then im just itchin to play
#9
Listen/play all punk music. If that doesn't get you inspired, you're pretty much out.
#10
I know what you mean, just give it some time but don't stop altogether. You dont have to play for hours everyday just jam a little here and there till you get that one day when you just can't put your guitar down.
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#11
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Learn a hard song, really hard. Or start trying to play odd music that's typically not your genre. Or just take a break and pick it up again next week,


^ agreed - learn a song from a genre you are not familiar with -or mybe you just need a break...
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#12
Learn some easy fun songs for just fun, and jam every once in a while. It'll come back.
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#13
I had that feeling last for me like 4 months, but then passed a couple months ago. It seemed to go away on its own.
#15
well, i have pretty ****ty gear. an epiphone les paul special 2. but what i did when i got bored was install a killswitch, that kept me occupied for a good month or so.

but +1 to all the guys that said to play something out of your comfort zone.

i suggest you listen to buckethead in that case, as his albums are so diverse and cross the genre planes. i recommend electric tears, crime slunk scene, and population override. (those are albums btw) electric tears is a softer album. very ambient and all instrumental. crime slunk scene takes on that experimental/progressive side as he makes really interesting sounds with his effects. pop override is all about funk and slight blues riffs. enjoy.
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#16
Sound is important. The better you sound, the easier it is to enjoy yourself. If your gear sucks, which mine does, then it can be difficult to really get into it.
#17
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I stopped playing for about 3 years. Just happens.
I know this guy who's great at guitar, been playing for about 20+ years, and it would've been more, except he just loses the passion every so often. He took yearly breaks. One time he even stopped playing for 10 years. It happens.
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having ****ty gear will make you lose inspiration.
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#20
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having ****ty gear will make you lose inspiration.

no it doesn't. i think its just as normal as anybody else with godly gear.
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#21
A new pedal always does it for me.
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#22
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no it doesn't. i think its just as normal as anybody else with godly gear.
Such as all the great bands who are now reuniting.
#23
in my guitar world cd that came with the book it has an interview with EVH on his replica guitar. somewhere along the lines he says he really picks up the guitar anymore.
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#24
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no it doesn't. i think its just as normal as anybody else with godly gear.


Nooo way, getting good gear helps a lot.

I pretty much agree with everyone, just learn some songs outside your preferred genre or a technically challenging song you like.
#25
I've lost inspiration too =\

I figured it was because I don't enjoy music as much anymore. Everything is old, I know what every guitarist is doing, well atleast the ones that I listen to. So I've gotta open up myself to new music I guess.

You should try it too.
#26
maybe just think about how much ass you'll get once youre really good?

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#27
Everyone gets bored with playing. I do, and I find that the best thing to do in order to avoid this is to constantly learn new things. Learn new music, new techniques, improvisations, composing, etc.
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#29
No point in playing if you ain't got no reason. Just take a break, and come back when you feel you have to. When you do feel ready to come back, you'll have all that creative energy and passion built up, just waiting to be channeled into your strings. Its a great feeling, man.
#30
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Listen/play all punk music. If that doesn't get you inspired, you're pretty much out.

Actually, I think playing/listening to all punk music will only make him give up faster. It all depends what style of music you usually play, but writing some of your own stuff can really help. Even if it's just a simple melody over a simple chord progression if you get something that sounds good to you then you'll find it pretty inspiring.
#32
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Actually, I think playing/listening to all punk music will only make him give up faster. It all depends what style of music you usually play, but writing some of your own stuff can really help. Even if it's just a simple melody over a simple chord progression if you get something that sounds good to you then you'll find it pretty inspiring.


Oooh yeah I did that... Bad thing is it's only 4 bars long and I can't write anything like that again... GRRR
#33
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Nooo way, getting good gear helps a lot.

I pretty much agree with everyone, just learn some songs outside your preferred genre or a technically challenging song you like.

well, what i meant to say in that line was that gear doesn't have to affect your passion-levels, for lack of a better word. I have pretty ****ty gear, but i haven't quite lost my passion yet. okay, i have really ****ty gear.
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#34
*slap* wake up this is guitar your talking about .... the thing you love... once you start you will never give up so you hav nothing to worry about what typeof music do you play and ill tell you some hard song

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#35
you have to options

1- learn new things, explore all aspects of your guitar, be serious about it and focus on progressing

2- let it rest for while, after a few days/weeks/months/years you'll feel need to play again, if you don't, then music is not your thing
#36
That's how I felt. Then I started taking lessons to increase my knowledge of theory.
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#37
pick a random new effect pedal that you've never owned or used or even heard of before, then find a genre (or make one up) to go along with it and experiment, sorta goes along with everybody saying to try a new genre. take your playing in a new direction for a while
#38
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it happens sometimes.
we all get bored.
you just need inspiration.


Yeah, I always find that listening to the bands that first inspired me to play help me when I get to that point.
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#39
i feel ya bro.

nobody ever wants to just jam.

everyone wants bands (if they even want to play at all)

it blows.
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#40
Take a little break, start listening to more guitar-based music. I don't mean just new bands but new genre. There's a whole world of Jazz and Country music you've probably never heard and would love (although I'm not implying anything). Start playing some of it, you'll get right back into it.
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