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Ryan AW
post Jun 18 2008, 08:08 PM
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Lately I've had a real lack of motivation to practice. I was hoping people could share there was of getting motivated so that I could learn to motivate myself. I really want to get good but lately I just can't seem to get into it.
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post Jun 18 2008, 08:15 PM
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Lately I've had a real lack of motivation to practice. I was hoping people could share there was of getting motivated so that I could learn to motivate myself. I really want to get good but lately I just can't seem to get into it.
Any help is appreciated.

-Ryan


Join the Cover song competition maybe? smile.gif
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post Jun 18 2008, 08:15 PM
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Maybe just learn some really catchy riffs from one of your favourite bands. Or just play along with some of your favourite songs. That kind of stuff normally works for me. smile.gif
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post Jun 18 2008, 08:20 PM
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I suggest you sit down and write down the things you want to achieve in guitar playing.

Maybe go on youtube and watch some of your favourite players to help you think about that.

Then write down some small goals you think you'd need to achive to get there...think small, think doable.

You really shouldnt need to force yourself to play guitar- play the things you enjoy and like hearing yourself!

The idea is to take it one small step at a time, until your so pumped up to practise that thats all you do all day! (well, okay maybe eat, sleep etc aswell wink.gif )

Maybe theres something away from guitar playing thats bumming you out before you even sit down to practise, you may want to sort these things out first.
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post Jun 18 2008, 08:29 PM
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I've had this problem recently and i found actually not playing the guitar for a day really helped,
and i also agree definitely with what deeproots says.
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post Jun 18 2008, 08:39 PM
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I spend my entire life on you tube watching guitar videos mate laugh.gif laugh.gif I have no real life beyond guitar, studys and chatting on msn unsure.gif oh and gmc of course wink.gif

When i watch my favorite players, including GMC instructors, or "famous" players, I feel totally compelled to reach excellence ! smile.gif Maybe some instructional DVD's might help to motivate you too.


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post Jun 18 2008, 08:40 PM
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I forgot to mention, as this is your first post- welcome to the site Ryan! I usually find that i get more than enough motivation hearing from my pals on the forum!
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post Jun 18 2008, 08:41 PM
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post Jun 18 2008, 09:21 PM
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Hi Ryan, welcome to the forum by the way. Do you have any recording gear? I've found that has certainly helped me with the learning process and also motivates me as well. You can join in on the collabs here and get great feedback and compare what others are playing against the same backing.
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post Jun 18 2008, 09:27 PM
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Hi Ryan,

I've definitely been through such phases. There are three things I usually do to remedy the situation.

1. If I was focusing on learning songs and rhythm parts I would switch to scale oriented, lead guitar practice.

2. I would watch my favorite guitarist/band play something live on youtube or look for new bands/guitarists that appeal to me.

3. I would take a break from the guitar [usually only about a day]

One of these three methods has always worked for me. I hope this helps you out.
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post Jun 18 2008, 11:33 PM
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Take a couple of days break, and watch some favorite guitar idols. That always help biggrin.gif


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post Jun 19 2008, 12:12 AM
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Welcome to GMC, Ryan.

I'd like to whole heartedly agree with DeepRoots in regards to writing down your goals.

What do you want to do today, short term, long term?

What are you good at?

What are you bad at that you want to improve?

Honestly sit down and answer these questions because without the answers, you can't possibly have direction and you will get frustrated.

Another thing to distinguish is the difference between practicing and playing. You can become frustrated with your playing if you're either not seeing progress, or it's so slow that it results in the same.

Try planning out time to really practice your guitar (ie. techniques, scales, theory, whatever) and not just play it.

I hope this helps.


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post Jun 19 2008, 12:17 AM
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If you are getting bored with your practice, you have to change it. It's better to practice the things you like than not practicing at all (because you lost your motivation).

I think the most pleasant part of practicing is to play songs I like. So that's what I do when I get bored or less motivated.
Hear those songs you like, play acoustic drinking with some friends, go to pubs and see live bands. Look at how the chicks go crazy about the lead guitarist! tongue.gif

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post Jun 20 2008, 04:51 AM
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Hey, thanks for the input everyone! I'm definately going to try this stuff and figure out what works best for me.

I'm truly grateful,
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post Jun 20 2008, 04:56 AM
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When I get in that faze,I always convince my self that I need to do some thing of my life,and that I don't want miss my chance to prove my self if I get a good chance,just because I did not practice or some thing.So,if that chance comes I want to be ready to make it up the challenge that is in front of me.


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post Jun 20 2008, 09:48 AM
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See here man, being persistant is what it is all about. You have to push forward all the time, even at bad times. That's what makes it so hard for people to succeed and become great guitar players. When you see someone playing great, you are generally thrilled rigth? Just the same, someone who putt in less time and effort in guitar will watch at you and say "damn he plays good". So the bottom line is this, take a break, watch some of your guitar idols, check out their amount of work that they put in the guitar. Find that strength and continue working. Doesn't have to be a whole lotta practice. 30 minutes per day will do just fine if you practice good. Just keep on going, results are always difficult to percieve in smaller time periods.


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post Jun 23 2008, 04:41 AM
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Hey, thanks again everyone. I'm going to try to get in the swing of things as soon as possible. I really appreciate this. Any further suggestions are welcome.

Thanks again

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post Jun 23 2008, 04:44 AM
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join a practice group, there is a post in the forums of people wanting to be in one.. should give you motivation to practice and not let your group down


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post Jun 23 2008, 05:04 AM
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Hey Ryan AW

Lately I have noticed you are not the only one with these comments. I am going to try to compile something for you in the morning as a lesson that will hopefully give you a boost. Keep your eyes on the board!! smile.gif

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