Need help getting inspired again
To preface this, I guess I would still consider myself a newbie/beginner...
I started playing about 2 years ago, and was VERY diligent about practice everyday, scales, exercises etc. But about 4-5 months ago I just seem to have lost the drive, completely. (I am wondering if I kind of burnt myself out) I know I love playing, but I need to find the spark again.
Do any of you guys/girls have some motivational tips/stories/routines that might help?
Losing your drive sucks. I got it bad once but suddenly I just decided that I really wanted to have the ability to play a musical instrument. It also helped when I found a band who's style I liked a lot and I wanted to play their songs. That's what really got me back into it.
Yum yum yummy, I got metal in my tummy!
Perhaps you were too "diligent?" Practice, if it starts to feel like work rather than pleasure, will make you lose your drive. Instead of scales & exercise, try learning a song you love - even if it is too difficult for you.
Make it fun - go listen to music that inspires you for a week. Don't pick up your guitar during that week, just "get into" & listen to lots of good music. Then pick up the guitar and see how you feel.
Personally, I "miss" my guitar if I haven't picked it up in a few days.
the cure is to play and jam with others.
hearing a song come together by several players is inspiring.
I know the feeling! I started last August and for reasons I have yet to fathom I just put the guitar down just before Christmas and didn't pick it up again.
I went camping with some friends and one took a guitar with him. Mucking about over that weekend inspired me to pick it up again and I've now bought a cheap electro acoustic and have started again.
Of course, a huge driving factor for me is Pink Floyd!
+1 to what FenderBender said.
If your practice is just "technical" it will get boring very quickly.
The trick is to work on songs along with working on your chops.
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they have always motivated me.
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