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Ben Higgins
29 years old
Born Feb-26-1985
Guitar (surprise!), Karate, cars (American and European), reading, weightlifting (sometimes), horses.
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Ben Higgins

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15 Sep 2014
I picked up my guitar with the intention of working on some complex material for future lessons and ended up playing around with major7th funky chord changes !?! Which is something I don't really do.. rolleyes.gif

Sometimes we intend to practise one thing but end up going in another direction entirely ! How often does this happen to you ? When was the last time ?
11 Sep 2014
With any activity that requires dedication, there is always going to be times where you feel unmotivated and uninspired. Let's have a look at the possible causes for these periods:

-Burnout: You've been going at it for too long with no chance to spend some time away and rejuvenate. You may have even caused yourself some injury. The burnout can be physical, where you've pushed your body to its limit with no rest.

Burnout can also be, and usually is, psychological as well. If you've been pushing the same exercises day in, day out, forcing yourself to keep focused on minute movements and speed increases then your brain has seen only the same metaphorical 4 grey walls every day. No variety. Apart from the first time you teach yourself a new routine of exercises, after that there is very little to keep your brain stimulated. There is no 'thrill' to keep its interest aroused. More on this later.

It's not just lack of stimulation that can cause psychological burnout, though. Even if you've been super inspired, if you've been using your creative juices up constantly you'll reach a point where it feels as though the well has run dry.

-No visible progress: This one's a killer. How do you stay motivated to pick up the guitar when all that seems to come out is crap ( to your perspective ) ? Why can't I get better at XYZ ? This one can be particularly cruel to guitar students who are feeling prone to self doubt in their playing. Too much of this ongoing lack of progress can be the thing that causes them to put the guitar down for good. Can you blame them ? No. We all want to enjoy what we're doing and get something out of it and this leads me on to my main tip for staying motivated:


-Keep it Musical ! If you like to drill exercises, no problem, but find some space in your guitar life for playing something that sounds like music ! Why do you think classical musicians developed etudes ? It was to practise technique whilst playing something that sounded nice to play and didn't make you feel like sticking your head into a cement mixer. So... remind yourself why you fell in love with the guitar in the first place and stick on a cd and jam along to it. Forget progress for a while. Get back some SATISFACTION in the sounds you are getting from your guitar.

I think it's important to regularly do something on the guitar that sounds good to you. If that means you need to play somebody else's song to do it then so be it. You need to hear YOUR guitar doing something that sounds GREAT whilst it's being played by YOU.

It's no wonder people feel like giving up if nothing they ever do on the guitar is giving them that satisfaction, that big grin you get when you play something that just sounds cool. You stand a greater chance of getting that buzz if you play something musical because music sounds good, exercises generally don't. Playing music means you can be accompanied by some of the best musicians in that genre (if you jam along to your fave albums) or you could be reciting something written by some of the greatest players ever. When you attach yourself to that greatness, it can't help but make you feel a part of it. There's immense satsifaction in hearing your chords synching up perfectly with Hetfield or EVH, or whoever it is. For that moment, your guitar is doing what it was built to do - to be a machine of music.

That is why we do what we do. That is who we are.

When we lose sight of that, it's no wonder we can't find a reason to pick the guitar up.

So my tip is to keep it musical. That's just 1 tiny point. There's loads more advice that the rest of you can give so please share your stories and tips for inspiring yourself and getting that motivation back !
10 Sep 2014
Let's list some of the most disappointing / worst albums that we have heard or own.

It's not just albums by people you don't like, that would be too easy and way too numerous. Instead, let's try to keep it to bands that we actually listen to, or were interested in enough to buy their stuff...

I'll try and get a few in first..

Judas Priest - Point of Entry I am a Priest fan but I'll always maintain that this record is a pile of cack. I'm still not sure if I've even ever made it through every song without skipping ahead. It was that frustratingly boring.

Darkthrone - Under a Funeral Moon the 1st and last Darkthrone album I ever bought. I have enjoyed some of their later stuff though.

Venom - the first 3 albums I think I liked the album art more than the music.

Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon, Something Wicked part 1 a waste of Schaffer and Owen's abilities and a concept story I defy anyone to be interested in.

Opeth - Heritage I was excited at the prospect of an Opeth album with all clean vox so the reason I don't like the album is not due to the musical changes but due to the fact that it is insufferably dull. I admire them for evolving because that's what a band should do. I just didn't enjoy it, that's all.

There are probably loads more but those are the few that leap out as 'regret' purchases ! How about you guys ?
9 Sep 2014
Let's have a poll ! Why ? Why not ?
9 Sep 2014
Ok, a quick and easy topic. List all the names of the bands you've been in, even if they were only short lived projects that never did anything. There's got to be some interesting names coming up ! wink.gif

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Welcome! :) Great to have ya!
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Ben Higgins
Thank you man !! :-)
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Welcome to GMC!!!!!!! I hope you enjoy your stay and I look forward to cool lessons! :)
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