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Discussion in 'Band Wagon' started by haggardfan1, Dec 27, 2016.
Lol. Now it's been addressed.
I've sold everything I had....twice! Don't do it man you will regret it.
Slide your favorite tele under the bed. Stick your favorite 15w amp in a dry warm closet. Dump the rest of the gear and enjoy what sounds like a great life. Pull the guitar out once a week just to keep up some chops.
If you want to , or need the cash , just sell most of it....They are just tools , and can be required again later
The music that you still have in you , will come out through the gear you have left, or through the gear you buy later
Good luck !
Prayer for blessings on the transition to whatever you do next.
When I stepped out in the 90's I started building model cars as my "time" hobby , actually professionally. If I say so myself I became pretty darn good and I probably built over 100 models on consignment over a 5 year period . Average consignment price was around $100 . I built mostly Corvettes, they were models of local Corvette club owner cars. It was quite fun for bit, until I got the bug to play again . Well, I put the glue away and picked up the tuner ! It was an excellent break . I came back playing totally different, I lost a few executions but gained many other new ones. All is well. been back just shy of 20 years with a totally different perspective.
Take a break, you'll know when it's time to crank it back up.
Good luck, enjoy life !
I went through the quitting thing. It was rough. I kept my gear--I've more than doubled it in fact, since "quitting"--and I play at home, record, write...I just don't really gig anymore, and probably won't any time in the near future. And I'm okay with it.
I just decided that I was done. It was pretty quick, and really not that long ago, but with the decision came a lot of relief. Best of luck.
Well I played in bands from 1960 to 1985 and had offers to do summer seasons/ cruising etc. but with partners and kids between us it wasn't viable.
We worked most every Fri/Sat/Sun plus some in the week, earned good money as well as having full time jobs. As you can guess it left me worn out. So in 1985 I quit, bought an old caravan, and spent weekends away with kids etc. which I wasn't doing before and I totally relaxed. The big shock was money, it went down by half!!
I never played a note fore 11 years, not a note, but I kept all my stuff. it coincided with a low period in my life, car accident, divorce etc. Then an old friend asked me to show him how to play guitar. I retrieved my stuff from storage at my mums, and had to relearn to play myself!
This in turn got me playing gigs again from 1997 till recently, when I thought that was all finished! I now own more guitars and amps than previously. Unfortunately I have got axle neuropathy (last 5 years or so) which has left me with weak hands and fingers, and playing is a frustrating struggle. But hey....I'm 73 so I've had a good innings!
So don't throw everything away - give life time - and you'll come back to it. When I was feeling low my Mum said "life is a wheel, today you are at the bottom, but it will turn and you will be at the top again" stay strong.
The instruments I've kept when I quit playing multiple times are in the closet and under the bed, not preferred over the latest stuff I bought. The old instruments laying around have limited what I can buy now because the wife says I have to sell something first.
this happened to me, to avoid psycho babble, it's a kinda blues. it will pass, all those folks are right you'll be back. My godfather, used to just go fishing out in the boonies, and when he returned ripe and unshaven , he always had a smile, do you fish?
Noodling on guitar is an excellent stress reliever. Keep one nearby to take your mind off things
I lost mine for a long time after buying a house, selling all of my good guitars and gear and moving to a new house where I don't really like the basement for playing and it seems like I don't have enough time to play.
Just got some motivation back by buying a new Les Paul, so maybe you could try that.
Your still on TDPRI. Its not over yet!!
Ive taken years off at a time in my relatively short time playing. Life gets in the way. At some point i always come back.
You tell them that you're done just like you told us,,,,no problem..
This is a great viewpoint. I approve!