#1
Been playing guitar for about 6 years and have been having lessons every two weeks since i started, well at least up until a few months ago. My guitar teacher had to stop doing the lessons as he couldn't afford to pay rent on the building that he was using for the lessons.
I've been trying my hardest to keep playing and learning new stuff but i just cant get anything down as good as i used to be able to and it really beginning to get me down i just feel like my skills as a guitarist have completely dropped my rhythm has gone completly out of the window and my ability improvise has never been as bad, the only thing ive noticed is that i can now finger pick pretty efficiently o_0

Basically i feel uninspired as a guitarist i need guidance in what I'm doing and areas to progress with my guitar playing...

Any advice pit?
#3
You don't need a teacher, do it all online

Check out documentaries of your fav. guitarists, that always helps

#5
Hey, I'm in a similar sort of rut, except I'm self-taught.

Don't feel bad, and try to set some sort of goal. Find an album you like that's not hard to play, and learn it all the way through. That's what I'm doing (I plan to learn 5 of them by the end of the summer), and it seems to be waking up my hands and coordination and skills again. Plus, it's fun to learn stuff you like, even if it is pretty easy.
#7
Just keep at it. Next time you pick up that welder's torch, look it straight in the eye and say "SCREW YOU MAN, I'M GONNA KEEP GOING UNTIL I DIE!"

6 years? Man, you must be like... a level 123 welder?
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#8
find somone who knows you play good, or if u ever inspired someone to play, start playing for them.

i dunno, this worked for me
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Get the song Tin Pan Alley by Stevie Ray Vaughan, find out the key, and play with it.
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#11
Quote by synpet713192
Hey, I'm in a similar sort of rut, except I'm self-taught.

Don't feel bad, and try to set some sort of goal. Find an album you like that's not hard to play, and learn it all the way through. That's what I'm doing (I plan to learn 5 of them by the end of the summer), and it seems to be waking up my hands and coordination and skills again. Plus, it's fun to learn stuff you like, even if it is pretty easy.


I've been trying to do this for a few weeks now, just going through all my ac/dc and brushing up on the ones i used to be able to play perfectly


Just keep at it. Next time you pick up that welder's torch, look it straight in the eye and say "SCREW YOU MAN, I'M GONNA KEEP GOING UNTIL I DIE!"

6 years? Man, you must be like... a level 123 welder?


o_0, i dont get it
#12
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#14
fap?
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trust me, ive tried that


keep fapping, it will build wrist strength and then ull be riffing like canibal corpse
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#17
i assume thats it for serious answers then, thanks for the help guys (y)
#18
hmm, prehaps try learning a different style of music?
You said you're getting good with fingerpicking.. try learning some classical guitar peices.
i fall into ruts like this all the time, and usually switching it up helps
try dust in the wind or classical gas
#19
everyone hits those depressions, its natural. you just gotta keep at it and then all of a sudden you'll be massively improving. its just part of the cycle.
#20
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hmm, prehaps try learning a different style of music?
You said you're getting good with fingerpicking.. try learning some classical guitar peices.
i fall into ruts like this all the time, and usually switching it up helps
try dust in the wind or classical gas



Its classical gass that i developed my finger picking with, amazing song
#21
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Its classical gass that i developed my finger picking with, amazing song



ditto, it does the trick great
#22
ummm...

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#23
well what seems to be getting you down is the fact that you feel that you are not playing as good as you did before?

Do you think there could be a specific reason for this? For example, did u take a long break? if you did, that would make sense that you are not playing as well as you did. Have you been playing less? If you did, that is another good reason why you feel that you are not playing as good as you did.

Another way to look at it is; are you really playing worse, and what constitues playing worse? If you keep playing the same stuff over and over, that is not really getting worse.

Also, above you stated that you are just brushing up on the old stuff you played, so im guessing this means you are playing at about the same level? It doesnt seem to fit if one day you felt confident in your playing, then the next you didn't, even know it was the same playing (no real changed in the playing).

Take an objective look and see if you really are losing all your talents like you are saying, and if you are not, then your reason for getting down seems to be based off of a broad generalization

If you did lose your skills dramatically (which seems very unlikely for that just to happen without maybe a stroke or broken bones), then there are always ways to get to where you were (unless of course you had a stroke or broke your bones :-D). If you need some ill be glad to give you some ways to get where you want to be eh
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#24
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If you did lose your skills dramatically (which seems very unlikely for that just to happen without maybe a stroke or broken bones), then there are always ways to get to where you were (unless of course you had a stroke or broke your bones :-D). If you need some ill be glad to give you some ways to get where you want to be eh


what would these methods be??
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what would these methods be??



well before you want some methods, you should really find out if you have suddenly lost all of your skill.

maybe record yourself over an improv jam, or record yourself playing songs u have recorded before, and comparer even post, and let other people see if you have gotten dramatically worst
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#26
find someone to play with ! that helps you , you know .

cheer up mate !
#27
you should try exploring a new genre of music and try learning from the new type of music. that what i do everytime i feel like my playing is stale of i need to just work on something else. well i dont know you musical tastes casue im to lazy to look in you profile but try jazz theres alway many kinds of jazz that may be able to spark some fuel in your fire.
#28
Quote by The2abraxis
well before you want some methods, you should really find out if you have suddenly lost all of your skill.

maybe record yourself over an improv jam, or record yourself playing songs u have recorded before, and comparer even post, and let other people see if you have gotten dramatically worst



ill get onto record some impro, will have to see if i can find any of my old stuff though
#29
Quote by jesus2nd
ill get onto record some impro, will have to see if i can find any of my old stuff though



alrightyo. when you arte comparing it, take a step out and see it as objective as you can, almost like comparing two different people
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#30
Challenge yourself. Learn songs that you think are impossible. Thats what I did. I started learning Dark Eternal Night by Dream Theater and within a half hour my fingers were faster then they were.

You said your good at finger picking? Learn Dee by Ozzy. Some great classical guitar work in there. Learn some classical tunes. Theres always new things you can do. try diffrent genres ect.
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#31
I have/had similar feelings sometimes when my teacher had nothing left to teach me (he'd been playing for 45+ years) - It's all in the mind, losing ability is actually a hard thing to do.

Form a jam group, get in a band and/or get a new teacher!
#32
might not be able to upload anything till tomorrow got to find a .wav converter


EDIT: I take it back, uploaded a quick improvisation over a basic chord progression, listening back on it it doesn't sound that bad

all my old stuff i found is like from atleast 4 years ago and from when my playing was worse than it is now :P
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