#1
We've all had em...When you're unmotivated, you sound horrible, you aren't improving, and you just feel hopeless...

Discuss how you get over your lows in guitar playing.
#2
Explore a new genre or artist.

OR

Play something loud and angry - Black Stone Cherry's "Lonely Train" usually does the trick.
#3
when it happend to me..i started playing fear factory riffs with teh mchine gun palm mutes..
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#4
put the guitar down, pick up a keyboard and play row row row your boat.
#5
Trying new genres/ techniques usually works for me. Learning Joe Satriani- Midnight just got me out of a funk that I've been for about a week.
#6
I put mine up for a decade. I regret it so much, I've been bit by the guitar bug again and now I feel like I'm making up for lost time, I play every time I get a chance.
I got an idea though, go buy a new ax!
#8
get a new piece of equipment dude. thats what i always do even if its a set of picks or a new set of strings.
#10
I usually just play an acoustic arrangment of 'I cum blood' till I feel better...


(sorry, did it for the lulz)


I usually just play the stuff that makes me smile and play less until I feel the drive again
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#11
A new guitar always gets me right back into wanting to play untill my fingers bleed.....too bad with school and work i never have that kind of time anymore
#12
I just don't play for a couple days or so.
I don't see a need in forcing myself to play if I'm not feeling it.
Sometimes you just get burnt out on music and need a couple days off.
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#13
take a week or so break. Worked for me on several occasions .
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#14
I don't play for a couple or days. I might force it, but if I don't wanna play, then I don't play. But then I play Guitar Hero, realize why that I should be playing real guitar, and that gets me back in the saddle.
#16
Just take a break seriously that's what I do. I generally get burned out if I do anything for long periods of time without any sleep. (Well, I should prolly say little sleep as dozing off while playing counts as sleeping I guess.... lol )

But really, just take a break. Then when you play again a few days/weeks/months later, it'll all be fresh and new to you.

Like others have said, don't force yourself to do something, then it just won't feel right.
#18
Jam at the local blues joint. Always great for motivation!
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#19
Usually I listen for inspiration. For instance, listening to Paul Gilbert or Petrucci usually gets me out of a rut, mostly because those two incorporate so many different styles into their playing.
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