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Cocaine's picture
Feb 2010
4 years ago

I've been playing for about two years. Really trying from my eight month period to a few months ago. I don't know what happened. I just fell apart and lost all my determination and devotion to guitar from where I once loved picking it up and loving every second of it. To picking it up like it's a chore and hating every minute of it. I don't know what i've done for two years I guess I just ran up and down a whole scale book building hand strength. I only know about two songs and a bunch of other parts of ones. And my ear is a lot worse now than before. I feel like i've wasted so much time for guitar that I can't get back to improve myself. Where the hell do I go from there?

I don't need no doctor, 'cause I know what's ailin' me.

Gagoosh's picture
Placentia, CA
Dec 2008
3 months ago

If your guitar is a Les Paul, I would sell it at a massive discount to the first person who responds to your post. :p

Seriously, make sure that you are playing for fun, don't worry too much about scales and theory right now. Just pick it up and plink around, get aquainted with your guitar again.

All energy flows according to the whims of the Great Magnet.

9841507's picture
Jan 2009
4 years ago

Get serious about it, learn songs, I'm at about the 2 year point right now and know over 100 songs start to finish and have jammed and gigged with several people.

Set a goal for yourself, if you are just playing with no intention of ever playing for people in my opinion it will get boring. The guitar is an instrument, instruments are made to entertain ones self or another, if it doesn't keep you entertained then maybe you can find enjoyment in entertaining others.

deflepfan's picture
Wonderful (if not overcrowed in the summertime) Cape Cod
Feb 2010
2 years ago
Originally Posted by Cocaine

I've been playing for about two years. Really trying from my eight month period to a few months ago. I don't know what happened. I just fell apart and lost all my determination and devotion to guitar from where I once loved picking it up and loving every second of it. To picking it up like it's a chore and hating every minute of it. I don't know what i've done for two years I guess I just ran up and down a whole scale book building hand strength. I only know about two songs and a bunch of other parts of ones. And my ear is a lot worse now than before. I feel like i've wasted so much time for guitar that I can't get back to improve myself. Where the hell do I go from there?

You got yourself stuck in a rut and can't get out of it (I think that's a line in a song!). Anyways - been there! I even quit guitar for nearly eight years because of it!! When you are alone and trying to learn, it gets very discouraging.

Try this: Set a goal such as find three songs that you believe you can learn, and that you want to learn, and give yourself one week to get the basics of them down. Even if it's only learning the chords and the order that they are played. Don't pick songs that are too difficult - you don't want to get discouraged!! Likewise, don't go with something that is too easy for you, but make it a true challenge. No matter what, you must love the songs. And tell someone you are doing it. Having someone to say - 'hey did you learn them?' makes it more difficult to back down. Heck, you can tell us the songs and we'll check on you!

You may find it helpful to go to the video section and make your selections from those that already have lessons, therefore, you won't be learning alone.

I would give anything to have those lost years back! Don't make it a regret.

Now I have to go find that song! I think it's U2.
Sheila

jester's picture
Ripon, CA
Jul 2008
2 years ago
Originally Posted by Cocaine

...To picking it up like it's a chore and hating every minute of it. I don't know what i've done for two years I guess I just ran up and down a whole scale book building hand strength. I only know about two songs and a bunch of other parts of ones. ...

You sound very similar to me. One suggestion I would make, find a song/chord progression/groove here that you think you can play and WANT to play and go for it. Have fun, that's why you should be playing. If playing scales isn't fun, then don't do it!

If you are looking for someone with a similar experience and talent to tackle a song with you, I'll do it. We could make some gains together!

Have fun and go Sharks!

"My style is all to myself."
--John Lee Hooker

schnuffi's picture
York, England
May 2008
7 months ago

Similar to me. I go through good and bad times. Without this site I'd be pretty lost but I now know a lot of tunes, some I can play good, some not so good. Don't try things too difficult and vary it up a bit. Buying an acoustic was the best thing I did. A different feel, sound which helps me. Try and enjoy it and not suffer, most of my playing is in 10 to 20 minute spells.

JILLMOL's picture
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nov 2009
1 year ago

Al very good tips here!! Cocaine....(I hope it doesn't have to do anything with that;-)

Setting fun goals is the best at this point. It's been said before and it really works. Maybe a little push in the back will help to inspire you again.....maybe listen or watch some live-stuff by your fav. player will get the blood to flow again????

The man Jester here made you an awesome offer, playing together can be very inspiring and helpfull too;-)
Good luck with setting some nice goals for yerself, take your time, think about it and start with a smile;-)
After your fingers are numb from practising, try to open up a 'cold one' and be proud of yourself;-)...grtz from Amsterdam / Jillis.!

DoctorRocker's picture
Dayton, Ohio
Dec 2007
3 weeks ago

Good stuff here and I totally endorse the "set some goals" and "learn some tunes" approach. Maybe if you tell us what type of guitar you have and what type of music you dig we can suggest some songs for you:) Good luck, and hang in there sir! d

"Old Guys Rule"... Tugwell

davido's picture
La Grange, Texas
Oct 2007
Today

Great points here in this thread....There isn't a picker in the world that doesn't go through this .... I find that switching guitars helps, stopping for a couple of days helps,sometimes a new direction helps too, its all something we go through.
All I seem to do is practice, practice, practice......I have all this crap stored up and I'm waiting for the damn to burst....sometimes I just play and thats when I notice
WOW, thats sounds pretty good....it never lasts as long as I would like...
Hang in there, your NOT alone for sure...

life is short, enjoy it

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TheeMc's picture
SC, Where dixie began
Jul 2008
3 years ago
Originally Posted by davido

Great points here in this thread....There isn't a picker in the world that doesn't go through this .... I find that switching guitars helps, stopping for a couple of days helps,sometimes a new direction helps too, its all something we go through.
All I seem to do is practice, practice, practice......I have all this crap stored up and I'm waiting for the damn to burst....sometimes I just play and thats when I notice
WOW, thats sounds pretty good....it never lasts as long as I would like...
Hang in there, your NOT alone for sure...

Dave-O points out what I was going to say, and I agree with the idea of finding a couple of songs you WANT to learn. If buget is not a problem pick up a new Axe, it will make you want to play it. Stairway was my song, "If I can learn that, I'll consider myself a guitar player...", to date I can, (still don't consider myself a guitar player, but that's a different story). Work on the vids here, and learn some new songs YOU like, and some you think others will, in short expand your arsonal, the more stuff you know the less boring it will be playing the same few songs....good luck!

M

"...Love one another"
Last words of George Harrison

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kenleber's picture
Valley Forge, PA.
Sep 2007
2 years ago
Originally Posted by jester

You sound very similar to me. One suggestion I would make, find a song/chord progression/groove here that you think you can play and WANT to play and go for it. Have fun, that's why you should be playing. If playing scales isn't fun, then don't do it!

If you are looking for someone with a similar experience and talent to tackle a song with you, I'll do it. We could make some gains together!

Have fun and go Sharks!

My Son goes through this. I did too. I didn't play for a few years. I think my reasons were different. I tell my son not to focus on the technical but what you like. The guitar is for me something to enjoy. If I'm not enjoying it I put it down 'till I do. Sometimes I pick it up when I don't care about it at all to find it takes me over. I don't force anything out of it. Sometimes its good to just take it out of the case and stare at it. Think of all the great stuff that can come out of it. Don't stress out over it. That is a sure way to give up. Good luck. The world need all kinds of players. When you play it you are doing something that many, many others can't.

Les Bon Temps Roulez!