#1
For the last 3-4 weeks my guitar playing has been very unmotivated, i've just gone through my 1 hour practice routine with chromatics, scales and arppegios, and then i've called it quits, i've got nothing going on right now, i ain't playing in a band yet, im getting something together with some people, but i don't think it will work out, i feel sloppy, i feel slow, i can't play fast solos, i don't know how to, i've gone deep into the pentatonics, know the five positions by heart, but still, i can't play a blues solo with feel, i feel empty, i've got nothing, i feel so ****ing frustrated, i want to be good, i want to practice, i've got nothing else going on in my life, i just want to make this **** work!!

Can somebody please give me a some motivation, ill keep playing, but i.. i need a reason to do it..
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2012 Tanglewood TW170

Boss Katana 100w 1x112
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#2
Instead of playing scales, write your own music and perfect it.
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#6
Listen to JBT, buy a 12 string, snap one, and never look back!
#7
Scrap the practice regime and learning scales and stuff for now.

Just leave that and any kind of regimented practice, just try and have fun with the instrument. Learn some songs, write some songs, play around with stuff.

Whatever you do, don't force yourself into an hour's practice routine if you don't want to do it.
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Instead of playing scales, write your own music and perfect it.

Whats the point of writing your own music when you can't play it with people/ add other instruments? And i use scales when i try to make my own riffs, but they sound stale etc.
Gear:
2011 Fender American Standard Stratocaster
2012 Tanglewood TW170

Boss Katana 100w 1x112
Line 6 HD500
#10
crank up your amp and play some of the songs off of the black keys's "magic potion" those are some rocking songs...after that, take one of the little solos or riffs from that that you thought was cool and just mess around with it..and don't worry about pentatonics and all that theory nonsense, just have fun and play balls to the wall
#11
Play loads of covers. That way you learn how to actually make songs, and how everything is structured. Learning these basics will not only help you to understand how to write a song, but also motivate you, as learning a song is relatively easy compared to writing a song.

good luck mate, hope the motivation returns soon.
#12
i go through random phases like that, but not with like scales, i just dont wanna play at all.
just wait a few more days and you should want to play, or else you'll just wake up and be able to do it.. love when that happens =]
#13
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Whats the point of writing your own music when you can't play it with people/ add other instruments? And i use scales when i try to make my own riffs, but they sound stale etc.


Then don't use scales.

Who the hell uses scales to come up with riffs anyway!? Solos, leads and harmonies, sure, but riffs are just little flashes of awesome you get and extend by trial and error.

Try not to be mechanical with your playing, be creative
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#15
For God's sake find a drummer and jam. You will never want to stop playing again.

The only other piece of advice that I can give you is that it's stereo amp, and I don't think it's tube. However, for a stereo amp, it is very good. Don't plug guitar into it; just use it as hi-fi if it works
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#16
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Scrap the practice regime and learning scales and stuff for now.

Just leave that and any kind of regimented practice, just try and have fun with the instrument. Learn some songs, write some songs, play around with stuff.

Whatever you do, don't force yourself into an hour's practice routine if you don't want to do it.

Thanks dude, i will start doing that, **** the practice ****, ill just play for fun! Lately guitar has become a choir, and i don't want it to be that, i used to love playing it, and now. ill try screwing the practice stuff =)


The drugs and alcohol thingy has to wait, cuz im 16, and i've got no connections, so a clear no go there
Gear:
2011 Fender American Standard Stratocaster
2012 Tanglewood TW170

Boss Katana 100w 1x112
Line 6 HD500
#18
Ive been there many times before. But seriosly, quit the 1 hour routin for a while and start having fun. Learning songs is always a little fun. Making them is even more fun. Im so bad at practicing that that it hurts. When i practice i have fun, but im very lazy at doing so unfortunatly. Instead of constant practice i make music. You should try it.
#19
Quote by Joe-Fish
Instead of playing scales, write your own music and perfect it.

i think what hes trying to say is that hes having a hard time being original and playing with feel. TS, i think its time for you to take a step back and start learning songs you like. Then through listening to and playing music you can take inspiration from it and use it for yourself. Find a band whos songs you really like playing and learn a bunch of their songs. For me (and 50 percent of the guitar playing population ) it was metallica. Theyre music really taught me a lot about song and solo structure because Kirks solos arent too hard to learn and i dont have to bust my ass on them like megadeths solos. I think im gonna move on to Rhoads and EVH stuff. but yea, try that.
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#20
go back to your roots. If you want to play good blues, go get your favorite CDs and start listening to them. Watch the masters on youtube. Listen to what they do, their different styles, etc. Revisit what made you want to play. Hopefully that will give you a good start.
#22
seriously all you need to do is go out and buy the Led Zeppelin DVD and watch it and you'll want to become a rock star
#23
go to shows. see your friends band or any live local bands it'll insire you maybe... or listen to new bands. dig into the underground scene and find something you really enjoy you wouldn't normally listen to like other genres of music and such.

another thing is tweak your amp and effects and get different kick ass tones for your jams...
then just stick to what your doin... the fact that you will be a good guitarist eventually should keep you motivated on its own... i guess.
#24
Thanks for all the response guys, and you've really helped me, starting tomorrow, im scrapping my practice routine, and i'm learning Mr.Crowley XD Sounds random, but it's one song i've been wanting to play since i started playing guitar, and i think it's time to conquer it!

PS; i love you too Beakwithteeth
Gear:
2011 Fender American Standard Stratocaster
2012 Tanglewood TW170

Boss Katana 100w 1x112
Line 6 HD500
#25
dont become to attatched to just scales. thats boring. u need to find your style. take scales and mess with em. take out notes, add some, slides, pull offs

also try learning other people music beside scales. thats kinda wat UG is here for. go get tabs of your favorite bands and learn to play their stuff.
#26
Quote by wyldelife
Whats the point of writing your own music when you can't play it with people/ add other instruments? And i use scales when i try to make my own riffs, but they sound stale etc.


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i write the guitar lines then play around with a bassline and usually develop a simple drum line//it keeps you busy and motivated
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#27
When you play, forget about EVERYTHING you learned and use it at the same time and just play from the heart. Basically what I'm saying is, if you're trying to play with just scales, you become too mechanical and sound like a robot. If you play with just heart and no scales or theory, well that's self explanatory. You need to find the balance between the two in your playing.
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#29
I am the same kinda rut and but find that what gets me out of the lack of motivation thing is listening to a truly inspring piece of music or watching an amazing live performance. It will remind you why you love music and took up the guitar in the first place. When you hear a tune or see an great performer and say "Damn, that was the shiznit" you'll feel that motivation again.
#30
I so thought this was going to be a suicide thread..

My advice is to take a trip around Youtube and listen to as many diverse and out there bands as possible. There will be something that will peak your motivation
#31
I just play along to to my favourite songs when I hit that stage, makes me remember why I started playing, all's better then.
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#32
The more you work at improvising, the better it becomes. After a while, your blues solos will have a lot of feel to it.
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#33
if you dont like playing covers, try to slightly change songs you enjoy. playing at a different pace, slightly different chords, adding bits here and there, whatever. try doing things you havent tried often. maybe try another instrument for a while to keep yourself in music and look into different artists and styles.
#34
You know you dont have to practice 1hour every day. Any ammount of time is good as long as you dont become bored. Or try and play different types of music
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#35
Practice your speed every and then just practice cover songs, preferably ones that are really hard. Don't worry about trying to learn blues, classical, jazz, improvisation, etc, etc, etc, they were all boring as **** to me, and are still boring as **** to listen to. I don't plan on being in a band or writing music, good thing for me, because all I do is learn really hard cover songs, and I'm having the time of my life doing it, although it takes about 4-5 months for one song...

Oh yea, and **** the scales, chords, etc, learn the major scale, and use it for speed practice only, that is what I do. I don't know if I am like most people but practicing speed is really fun for me and hearing myself play a really fast solo just feels 150x better than a slow solo with "feeling" or whatever you want to call it, because I realize how hard I worked to get there.
#36
Dude,

You´re obviously demanding too much from yourself. Keep a brake from the guitar, try to listen to some other type of music that you normally do, something that doesn´t even have a guitar on it.

After some time you´ll feel motivated again I´m sure.