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What do you do to get out of a musical rut?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Leonardocoate, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. Leonardocoate

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    Currently I find myself playing the same stuff over and over and I can't seem to shake it. I know eventually some thing will give me "a wack in the head". I was just wondering what people on this forum do to get that "wack in the head" to get out of their rut.
     
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    1. Quit playing for a while.
    2. Play a different guitar.
    3. Mess around with a different instrument, i.e. keys, bass, sax!
    4. Listen to some music that inspired you.
    5. Take a walk.
     
  3. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Friend of Leo's

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    I tee up a music blog site and click something that looks cool and let the feed auto pilot the play list and I listen like a fan instead of like a player. I don’t listen critically. Just try to find something in each song that I enjoy. Because listening to music is fun and soothing but listening to learn a part is not.
     
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    Switch something up - learn an acoustic set, take up another instrument, learn a song outside your wheelhouse note-for-note, learn to play and sing at the same time, etc. No change = no change.
     
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    These are a few suggestions that worked for me.

    Try a new genre.

    Learn finger style.

    Look back. What were you playing 5, 10, 20, years ago? Would you play it the same today?

    Learn modes. The Dorian mode works for blues.

    Give your acoustic some playing time.

    Try solo. Or just you and your guitar. Don’t focus on lead or rhythm. Learn an entire song you can play yourself.

    Jam with others if you’re playing by yourself now.

    There’s lots more you can do. Let your imagination run wild. Don’t get discouraged.
     
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    Different genres, or instruments
     
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    I listen to "Psytrance". Now I want a full stereo rig with synth pedal.
     
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  8. P Thought

    P Thought Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I like to think of those times as plateaus rather than ruts. It makes it easier to wait them out.
     
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    Go watch one of your favorite players on YouTube and try to figure out what they do that you don’t.

    I found myself in a bit of a rut, and ended up concluding I didn’t know nearly enough guitar theory to be where I wanted. Sure I took music theory in high school, but transposing 4 part harmonies is nothing like knowing all of the chord tones (and their locations) in a minor blues. So I’ve been working on arpeggios and such lately.
     
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    Literally my exact recipe.
     
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    For me the best way to to pick a tune that I’m not a favorite but I don’t hate and figure it out. Not necessarily note for note but enough to get it under your fingers.

    If that fails then I may take a break from guitar for a week or two. I’ll listen to different tunes, covers of different tunes, different genres/styles. Maybe something will jog a feeling or create an interest in something new.
     
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    Try some OverDrive of course!
     
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    Work on slide guitar.
     
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    I have been in those quite often. In addition to some of the things offered already, I would include adding some spice to your musical vocabulary. I found some videos to help me start thinking intervalicly and went down a bit of a learning rabbit hole that was great. One thing that stands out was discovering Melodic Minor harmony (including my favorite “sound” the altered scale)in improvisation. Here are some examples:







    A new sound does wonders when I’m in a writing slump. A new set of midi drum files form EZ Drummer will inspire me to write as well.... Slumps suck. Good luck!!!
     
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    As mentioned above, I highly recommend playing with others. One or a gang, doesn't matter. Even jamming with people I've played with for many years, you find yourself doing stuff you would never consider on your own. Some you learn to love, but even ones that don't ring your bell offer a challenge to do well.
     
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    Going to Africa worked for Paul Simon... Have you tried that?
     
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    Obnoxious amounts of reverb
     
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    I took guitar lessons, cleaned up my left hand technique, learned new chord shapes, mostly I had fun and played a lot
    it was worth the money
     
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    Buy Gear
     
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    Stop digging
     
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