#1
Ive been playing guitar for 5 years, and have always considered myself a decent blues player. In most songs i and my band write, i am able to improvise decent solos that, to me, work and feel right.

but literally overnight i have lost all confidence in my playing. i feel that every solo i play is repetative and sloppy, and not melodic. i feel that my riffs are too bland and i feel that i have taken a huge leap backwards in my playing. whenever i solo i can only seem to get the right feel out of a couple of notes and everything else feels wrong to me.

help me?
#3
I can't I suck.

Be damned happy you're as good as you are. I practice (maybe less then I should) but am I getting anywhere? No not really. So carry on playin, it will come back eventually.

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#5
try playing some metal, maybe you will get new inspiration
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#6
well look at it on the bright side

maybe you've reached another level in playing and now must force yourself to advance. Think of it as maturing as a guitar player...
#8
I might be the only person who says this. But take a break.

If you have been playing every day for five years your bound to eventually feel down.
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I might be the only person who says this. But take a break.

If you have been playing every day for five years your bound to eventually feel down.


+1.

Whenever I hit a 'bump' I put the guitar down for 2-3 days, and when I come back the shredz0rs are flying out of my fingers.
#10
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I might be the only person who says this. But take a break.

If you have been playing every day for five years your bound to eventually feel down.


i disagree (not to start an arguement)

but practice is the only way he can get through it. Especially since he's/she's in a band. I really wouldnt see the bright side of taking a break.
#11
Get into jazz or country.
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#13
This happened to me around like 3rd year of playing, and if its the same thing that happened to me its probably that you've reached a point where you've gained a sense of musical maturity in your playing. If so, maybe nows the time to start analyzing your playing a bit more in depth, focusing specificially on improving details in how your playing and the effect that it has on your ears. In my case i felt sloppy and unmelodic because I wanted MORE from my playing, I wanted to sound better and it took my a while to realize this.

Slow things down, if things sound sloppy or 'un-melodic' visualize a melodic passage and transpose it onto your guitar. Practice very slowly with a metronome and learning some more music theory might help a bit. Hope things improve for you
#14
You're probably just having a bad day, I feel that way once in a while, too.

If you don't feel better about your playing within a day or two, try to broaden your musical vocabulary. Learn new chords, scales, voicings, etc.
#15
i tried stepping out and writing a couple reggea tunes, but i think taking a break and maybe playing some metal would do me some good, who knows, but to the guy that mentioned taking abreak i think i will give that a go, work on my trombone playing and arranging for a few days
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This happened to me around like 3rd year of playing, and if its the same thing that happened to me its probably that you've reached a point where you've gained a sense of musical maturity in your playing. If so, maybe nows the time to start analyzing your playing a bit more in depth, focusing specificially on improving details in how your playing and the effect that it has on your ears. In my case i felt sloppy and unmelodic because I wanted MORE from my playing, I wanted to sound better and it took my a while to realize this.

Slow things down, if things sound sloppy or 'un-melodic' visualize a melodic passage and transpose it onto your guitar. Practice very slowly with a metronome and learning some more music theory might help a bit. Hope things improve for you


+1....000000000000000

nicely said