#1
I'm bored with guitar...

I now have to force myself to practise maybe, half an hour a day, when I used to play two to four hours a day, covering everything there is to learn.
I have a good grounding in scales, theory, musical backgrounds, engineering and sound scaping, speed, techniques, stamina, style, live playing, jamming, original pieces and pretty much everything. I am relatively decent at everthing... what do I do now?

I don't feel like sitting down and playing the same sweeps over and over again like I previously did and I know that I need to cause' I'm nowhere near as technically accomplished as I want to be. I don't write as much as I used to either.
I've written over three hundred songs, half them full with lyrics and bass lines and drum beats. So its like I've composed everything that my mind allows me to. I've decided to take up drums cause' of how lost I have been feeling on the guitar, but I'm not as natural as I was on the guitar and its disappointed and fustrating.

So basically, has anyone else faced a similar situation?
#2
start playing sumthing u wouldnt usually play, such as another genre. or just put it down for a few days and when u come back to it, it will feel heavenly again
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#3
go camping or on holiday or something. don't play your guitar (or any instrument) for a week, then listen to some awesome music, or watch a live dvd of your favourite band. you'll feel inspired and start to play again.

start a band. it changes everything. even if it's just for fun and doesn't even gig that often, it changes everything. you'll play more often in order to mkake the band progress.
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go camping or on holiday or something. don't play your guitar (or any instrument) for a week, then listen to some awesome music, or watch a live dvd of your favourite band. you'll feel inspired and start to play again.

start a band. it changes everything. even if it's just for fun and doesn't even gig that often, it changes everything. you'll play more often in order to mkake the band progress.



Both great suggestions lads, keep em' coming please. I really don't want to stop playing guitar. Its the only thing in my life I'm proud and now I can't play it, so I feel pretty crappy about it.
BTW I have a band. I've been in four bands over the last three years and the one I'm in now is probably the one I will stay in. I've been in it for over a year and we don't make much progress, but I genuiley feel, in a non pretentious way that we have got something going for ourselves. We are good. But we have endless problems as well. Maybe that has somethng to do with my lack of desire to play. My band is constantly going through issues and when we evade one, another one arises and we fall back into no practise. I know it must sound like we don't belong together, but when we jam, we make really good music.
#5
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#6
check out some return to forever, isotope or alquin. There all crazy prog rock bands from the 70s. And wont be like anything youve heard before, they will challenge you with technical skills and theorectical stuff. But should be fun to mess around to ass. Add lord_varkunus@hotmail.com if you want me to send some (its pretty obscure)
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#7
Take a break. And start a BAND! Your a talented Mother Fvcker so get out there and earn millions.
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#8
Like it's been said, don't play for about a week and listen to more of your favorite music, or even some stuff you wouldn't normally listen to for inspiration.


As for the drums, if you've started them and feel like they could help you with your music and you can shell out the money for drums, then by all means do it. It's always great to know multiple instruments.
#9
Take a break, jeez.

And good god - three hundred songs?! Either you are very profilic, or I'm calling bull****.
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Take a break, jeez.

And good god - three hundred songs?! Either you are very profilic, or I'm calling bull****.


Well I started writting as soon as I picked up the guitar. My first song was with two chords - E and G and I had only been playing for three weeks. I still can sing it and play it. It may not be excatly 300 hundred but I'm pretty sure its in the 250-300 mark. I compose for a friend's band as well with PowerTab software. I spend hours and hours just seeing what chords and notes go well with what and which rythmes coincide with what. I should be actually playing the bloody guitar! Many people call it bull**** but there's no way of proving it, unless I type out all the names for you? Not likely though!

I am in a band, I think we have something to be proud of but we're laced with endless problems. Not jamming problems, more personal problems and family issues. We're only a three piece and my and the drummer have suffered serious illnesses and now our bassist has injured his hand due to practising six hours a day and he can't play bass for some time now. So we're on a break, which may be the cause' of my slackened desire and dedication.

Everytime I have had a breakdown in playing, I bought a new musical instrument or bought a record or DVD. I am in the search of a new seven string which could reinvigorate my playing.

Are those bands you mentioned like Cynics? Prog metal, kinda like Rush and Dream Theater?
#11
Make tons of YouTube videos with your playing and bask in the positive comments.
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I'm not very good though. My talents are mediocre, there not excelling in any way. I know I can Hybrid Pick which some people love wathcing cause' I can get some weird riffs and sounds with it (you know cause' you can reach enormous string skips) I can sweep alright and down pick just like any metal guitarist can. I don't feel like putting myself up for viewing when I have nothing to show to the world. I have something to show with my band though. I should really record some of our songs professionally and get them released on Myspace and YouTube. That might help.