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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Leonardocoate, Apr 8, 2021.
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I usually listen to something new or something I don’t like and steal from it and I don’t invite my guitar right away.
I've never been a very good player to begin with, so I guess you could say I've been in a rut for almost 50 years. So instead I started building guitars and I'm much happier about that.
I truly am lazy. But I have mastered this rut business.
You do have to kick yourself in the butt. What I mean by that is, force yourself to try something new. And for a lazy guy like me, easier said than done.
But, with the beauty of YouTube and TrueFire, there is a universe of things to learn, from incredibly simple to incredibly complex, all from your computer.
The other thing that helps me TREMENDOUSLY ... rearrange your practice area, or, add/remove something from it. I have found that sometimes it takes me weeks to figure out why I have lost some motivation, only to find out that the chair I was using is awful for my back. Or, that the newly added table that I thought was going to add more convenience actually just makes it more cluttered. Or, that that the room was running a little too warm/cold. In other words, make your practice area a little more cozy for you.
I recently added a 'smart' colored light bulb to my music room, and I have been playing in there with the color on dark gold, and man, it's really inspiring.
Amazing what changing the mood of an area can do!!!
Sometimes I'll stop playing for a few days or a week, but I don't like that method much because I like to play every day.
I'll strip down my gear/effects until I find something new. Remove pedals. Set the amp clean. Remove vibrato arm from guitar if it has one. Turn off amp reverb and tremolo. Begin single note playing slowly, then maybe bring in some pedal point. Start exploring chords, but in unknown fingerings. Experiment.
I rarely get in a rut, but when I do I practice my way out of it. When you have goals, you'll find yourself in a rut less often. I think it mostly comes from working away with no goal in site, so you really don't make a whole lot of progress.
Get a good teacher, set some realistic goals and get to work.
Try some altered tunings. You will no longer be able to just do the same old thing you do.
Zone in on practicing technique like:
Using a metronome for single note scales/runs; one beat, one note at different tempos.
Fingerpicking with different finger sequences.
Slide work in open tunings.
Basically, things that you normally dont work on.
Find a decent/good classical guitar book.... learn a new one...even if it's just fur elise, or the blue danube.
For me, it helps me focus on something new and sometimes I even learn something.
Make something different.
I’m totally a hack but I do produce hip hop tracks on the side from my normal alternative rock type stuff. I can rap a bit and so can a friend of mine.
It’s fun, and also it reminds me to play/create to a beat. You can get lost in mindless noodling, but laying down even a simple drumbeat tends to focus my playing a bit and make it more musical. Even more so if you add a little bass line/other instrumentation.
Dial in a radio station with music you don't generally play and jam along. If it's new territory for ya, you'll usually come back with something new.
Switching instruments helps reset your brain. When I'm in a rut on guitar, I'll switch to piano or bass to try something different.
For me, it's as simple as finding something new to practice and/or learn, which I've done quite a bit of the last year.
I just don't consider them as a rut. To me, it is my brain relaxing; comfort food of a sort. If I feel it is becoming boring, but I don't feel a change coming, I often just try to improve, turn the rut into a groove.
Listen to music you normally don't listen to. Really listen and pick up what they're doing harmonically and rhythmically. Music from foreign lands, in languages you don't know, are especially good for this exercise.
I play with different people.
I always learn something.
Sometimes I learn what NOT to do.
Sometimes I learn things I have been curious about for years.
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Go sailing and then eat pasta.
This thread is full of good suggestions. What @P Thought suggests is seminal.
It is my personal opinion that progress is overrated.