#1
Hello all.
I've been playing guitar for almost eight years now and have invested many days and more than a thousand dollars into this pursuit, but lately I can only describe myself as "in a rut." I want to write, play, and perform, and I always want to better myself as a musician, but I can't seem to do any of these. I stopped taking weekly lessons just before summer vacation began, but in the last two or three months or so of taking lessons, I rarely played between lessons. When I sit down and plug in my lovingly and painstakingly hot-rodded squire strat or my gorgeous faded brown gibson sg, I find it impossible to play anything original (or something I haven't come up with before) and very difficult to learn a song I love.
I still love everything about the guitar and I still want to play, and I've been home with literally nothing to do for three weeks, but I've only picked up a guitar maybe four times, and when I did, I just noodled for fifteen minutes (tops) and then went to do something else.
Is/has anyone in/been in a similar predicament? Does anyone have any tips to get me back on track?
Thank you very much,
Mr. Frustrated.
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#2
try broadening your music that you play, like learn a new style.
or do what i did and play different instruments and take a little break from guitar. Then one day you will feel likeplaying again and that should get you out of the rut
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#3
well
if youre in a rut
take a break for a while
right now youre just really stressing out about it
read a book
draw
watch a good show you enjoy
take your mind of of it

and something that will deff help is listening to music
dont listen to it just to hear the guitar
try to listen to things you never heard before
where the bass comes in
how many times the snare is hit
how the vocal harmony is used in the song

and trust me
with time
you shall be inspired again
youre not going to be trained to write songs and make new things
it just comes with time

also something that can help a LOT is playing with other ppl
get ajam session going
itll help alot
do it with friends
itll make a hugeeee diff
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#4
do you play in a band? cause at the very least you need a writing partner.
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try broadening your music that you play, like learn a new style.
or do what i did and play different instruments and take a little break from guitar. Then one day you will feel likeplaying again and that should get you out of the rut

Yes, try another instrument, (one you've been interested in)
#6
you can learn anew instrument or try figuring out songs from local or lesser known bands by ear oh wait someone already said that
#7
Thank you all very much. I haven't jammed with other people in a very long time, mostly because I live in a small town with few musicians my age (or maturity/commitment/ability, for that matter, not to be arrogant or anything). I will definitely try to get something going. As for other instruments, I've been playing the trumpet for eight years and am first chair in the high school band, but I haven't played that either since the end of July. I should really get back on that before school starts...
I think that once school starts again and I get back into music (school band, jazz band, brass quartet, and a beastly theory class) it'll all come back to me.
Does anyone have any suggestions for things I should practice once I get back to guitar to broaden my abilities and just generally make me a better player?
Thank you all very much and with your help I hope to get some material out there using the $600 worth of recording gear I bought last winter and have yet to put to full use...
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#8
you're not going to find inspiration in new toys.

i never do. they are fun a while but you need to want to play.

for me, playing with others that LOVE to play, gets me going.

how about a craigslist type listing, or looking at a mature school group.

*there are web sites and ways to jam with guys online.
something like that can shake you from ur haze.
Jenneh

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#11
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well
if youre in a rut
take a break for a while
right now youre just really stressing out about it
read a book
draw
watch a good show you enjoy
take your mind of of it

and something that will deff help is listening to music
dont listen to it just to hear the guitar
try to listen to things you never heard before
where the bass comes in
how many times the snare is hit
how the vocal harmony is used in the song

and trust me
with time
you shall be inspired again
youre not going to be trained to write songs and make new things
it just comes with time

also something that can help a LOT is playing with other ppl
get ajam session going
itll help alot
do it with friends
itll make a hugeeee diff

Woah,lyrics?

Anyways,this is usually what I do.Find a song/riff that's really fun to play with.Once you've learned it,keep your guitar for 3-7 days.Your fingers would be itching to death to play that riff but you gotta control yourself and stay away from your guitar.After a few days,get back to your guitar and you'll be loving it once again!
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#12
Most likely: you're tired of the same stuff you've been playing over and over again
and the same way of doing things (probably for years). You know there's lots
of other things you could be doing to improve yourself but you don't because:

a) You don't think you'll ever be good enough
b) You've tried, but didn't seem to go anywhere
c) It would take too long
d) Change would take you out of your comfort zone
e) too much work and you don't feel like it
f) some or all of the above

So, you're bored with your current skills, yet don't seem to have much incentive
to grow.

You really have to solve the incentive, because EVERYONE eventually gets bored
playing the same stuff over and over. When you're always improving, it generally
follows that your interest & motivation is always high.
#13
Well it doesn't help that all my guitar teacher for the last three years taught me was blues. Now whenever I go to improvise and try to come up with something new, I get stuck in some minor or minor pentatonic box. That's always helpful.
T3h Reddest member of the Socialist Club


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Squier Affinity Strat (Purple)
Fender FM-212R
Line 6 PODXT Live

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#14
Use the blues to your advantage in as many ways possibly. You see alot of players using different styles in there song writing. Take Kirk Hammet for example, although I can't stand the guy or his playing lol, but after looking at alot of the stuff he does, I see alot of the same Blues and Jazz stuff that I've worked on at one point. Maybe try listening to different music for a little while. Like, if all you're listening to is metal or something, then find some Jazz you like, or maybe even country. Let yourself get something new that could inspire you in any way.

I'm in the same thing right now, honestly. So all this advice I'm giving you I should probably be telling myself as well.
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Thank you all very much. I haven't jammed with other people in a very long time, mostly because I live in a small town with few musicians my age (or maturity/commitment/ability, for that matter, not to be arrogant or anything). I will definitely try to get something going. As for other instruments, I've been playing the trumpet for eight years and am first chair in the high school band, but I haven't played that either since the end of July. I should really get back on that before school starts...
I think that once school starts again and I get back into music (school band, jazz band, brass quartet, and a beastly theory class) it'll all come back to me.
Does anyone have any suggestions for things I should practice once I get back to guitar to broaden my abilities and just generally make me a better player?
Thank you all very much and with your help I hope to get some material out there using the $600 worth of recording gear I bought last winter and have yet to put to full use...
I was the exact same place as you for awhile. I have played guitar for 10 years, and have probably sunk 8 grand into all my gear. I can not not find other musicians to play with. So I did the next best thing and bought a looping pedal. Just record a progression and improvise over it, or make weird harmonies. Taking a break helps a lot too. Just wait until you aren't so stressed out about it and comeback and play. I find when I am trying to force myself to either write a song a practice I don't get anything done. When it becomes a chore it loses all sense of fun.
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