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Old 12-17-2017, 04:48 AM   #1
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Hey, Gforums...how's it going

Something unthinkable and generally awful has happened to me- No...I didn't get in a relationship. It's much worse than that.

I've lost my love for playing guitar and music in general.

It's totally gone.

I haven't picked up a guitar in two weeks (although, my passion was starting to wane before then) and I can't listen to a song without feeling completely disconnected.

Have any of you gone through this? What helped you regain your positive interest in playing guitar or music at large?
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Old 12-17-2017, 05:48 AM   #2
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Diversificaton was the answer for me - same genres, different kinds of instruments and styles, plus modding and pedal building. I'm still not interested in listening to music, but I keep myself busy with other music-related things. For, example five minutes ago I started making a new armrest for my reso uke, yesterday I was making a bridge plate saver for my kona.
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Old 12-17-2017, 12:13 PM   #3
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I quit a couple times. Once time I quit because of work / career. Another time I quit because I moved and sold all my gear.

One day someone put a guitar in my hands and was back into it again.
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Old 12-17-2017, 02:03 PM   #4
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Yeah, it's a phase. Especially when I had a girlfriend.
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Have any of you gone through this? What helped you regain your positive interest in playing guitar or music at large?
Yes, and I still think I'm in a funk going on 2 years. Still, I've spent time listening to stuff that's new to me- anything from funk to fusion to country.

I hate practicing, but I'm forcing myself to practice new things, if only for literally 5 minutes a night.

Plus, I took a 30+ year break from playing entirely. I'm never going to give it up entirely again. I hope. There's SO much to learn.

Maybe you just need a break.
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Old 12-17-2017, 06:36 PM   #6
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Hmmmm.... It could anything. Lack of progress, maybe you play really well and there isn't much challenge, you have a more interesting hobby. Maybe you just need a break from it for a while. When I retired from playing in bands, I put it down for six months and didn't give it a thought. After a while, I thought that all that training shouldn't go to waste, so I picked it back up again. The main thing is to not sell your equipment, because if you do you'll have to go out and pay the big bucks for new stuff later on.
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I haven't lost my love for playing music, but I have gone into funks about playing the same Genre and instrument from time to time for various periods of time.

In the 80's-up to around 4 years ago it was all about Classic Rock, Hard Rock and Metal for me on the 6 string. I kind of lost interest in playing that Genre, although it will always have a place in my heart to go back to eventually, too much of the same thing became boring and stagnant. Sometimes it felt like everything's been done and nothing is fresh anymore idea wise and there was a very short time where I thought about possibly throwing in the towel, but I knew what I needed and it was a change out of the normal routine.

So, I switched to Bass and changed Genres for a challenge. I've always had fondness for Funk/Soul/Disco/World music and I found that by doing that, I felt more refreshed and alive to play again because the diversity of Genres playing Bass is that much more simpler but yet so much more complex at the same time.

I used to play drums (dabbled mostly, never played live) decently when it came to basic playing and I'm saving up for a mid line Roland electronic drum kit to dive into that to keep the productive juices flowing. Jack of all trades, master of none .

I can't speak on anyone's behalf as each is their own, but if you can, keep your gear, possibly move on to another instrument/Genre to get you back into it. If that doesn't do it for you, then only you can decide if it's time to call it quits and move onto something else that you can be happy with.

I wish all the best in what you choose.
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The drugs derailed things for me for about six months. Right now I can't really record & have a lot of broken gear, but I've managed to stay sharp. Some styles don't really go well on your own.
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Has your interest in music been replaced with something else? If you have lost interest in everything in general, that's a much different story and you should probably examine that and perhaps seek counseling...that could be a sign of clinical depression.

I've gone through ups and downs. Like others have mentioned, sometimes I'll get bored playing the same thing or same type of thing. Other times I'm frustrated with my progress. Inevitably, getting involved in a music project with somebody else (band, my kids, collaborations, playing over jam tracks, etc.) picks me back up.

I virtually gave up playing guitar for a little over 10 years because there was no way I could learn to play the music I really liked (fusion jazz, Rush, Joe Satriani, etc.). Eventually I realized that there was plenty that I could play and I learned to enjoy and develop that.
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I think we all hit a wall sooner or later. I'll always LOVE it, but the importance of music in my daily life waxes and wanes. I'm more a songwriter than guitarist really. Sometimes I can go months without really hearing from "the muse," but when she DOES call, that bitch is insane and can't shut the hell up, lol. She gets me in the shower, on the drive to work, any old time I don't have a guitar handy!!!

I don't know man. One thing I have learned is you can plug away through a practice routine every day to keep from getting rusty. But you can't force it. You can't MAKE yourself be enthusiastic about it. I'm sure you'll get that old sparkle back at some point.
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