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Muris Varajic
post Feb 5 2009, 10:18 PM
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Hi Chakie. smile.gif

I can't talk in name of all people here on GMC
so I'm just gonna share my personal views an such.
There are many ways to motivate yourself,
someone is pushed to impress his friends,
someone is just trying to fill an empty time during day or week etc.
This might sound a bit strange and maybe gayish biggrin.gif
but imo you should always try to impress yourself
BUT also you must set high standards
while moving the line higher and higher every day.

Ok, let me try explain this with real thing.
When I was a beginner I somehow
learned solo from Nothing Else Matters by ear,
2nd solo played by James if I'm right.
That was my high standard at that time,
I was sooo impressed I finally managed to learn it
that I was jumping around the room like a rabbit on steroids,really.
But next day or in few days I got some Yngwie's album or som
and it was like "ohh....now what?"
And it was time to eventually set new standards and seek for more.

We are all different human beings
and not all of us are getting motivated by same thing,
you should find your own way to get motivated
but no matter what you need to set high standards,
not everyone is able to make that on same level
and once more you have to determine how high it should be for YOU. smile.gif






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post Feb 5 2009, 10:41 PM
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I understand what you are going through. I had the same feeling when I started to learn the guitar.
In fact, I started learning the main chords and playing the rythm parts of songs (nirvana for example), singing along with it.

But after one or two years of self learning, I felt like I was stuck in the same patterns of riffs and technique.

The solution I found then was to take guitar lessons. I was lucky to find a teacher who took some time to ask me what kind of music I liked the most and he started to teach me some songs we chose that suited my level and fueled my motivation.
Those 1,5 years of lessons helped me to unlock my technique and greatly improved the way I was playing the guitar by myself.

So if you can find a good teacher and afford to invest a few bucks on guitar lessons, I think that could help you to start over and fond a new motivation.
Then, you will aprehend in a new angle what GMC can bring to you.

Hope this helps.

Good luck to you and may the force be with you tongue.gif

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post Feb 6 2009, 01:14 PM
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Muris is got a point. Nothing beats that feeling when you nail the solo. You find some solo that is really cool, and achievable, and inspiring and work on it!


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post Feb 10 2009, 11:50 PM
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Listen to your all time favorite guitarists and tell yourself your going to be that fantastic if you keep on practicing. That's what I do.


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post Feb 11 2009, 12:01 AM
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Chakie - different things work for different people as has been stated before. I am 35 years old and have a career...that is not guitar playing! I play just for the fun of playing in my own house! This is my own motivation...my own enjoyment. Whatever motivates you to pick the guitar up...just make sure you are enjoying yourself! Try not to get frustrated if you can't play with the soul of SRV...none of us can! tongue.gif

Try this beginner lesson out. It was one of the most enjoyable starter lessons I played on this site. It has a great feel and sound, and isn't difficult to learn!

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post Feb 11 2009, 02:29 PM
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Well, over the last weekend I sat down and thought a bit about why I've been demotivated about playing. Eventually I came up with what's been bugging me to a fair degree. I've never actually liked the sound of my amp! I started out with a Roland Microcube which sounded surprisingly good (to me) at low volumes but which lacked any kind of oomph. So a few months ago i "upgraded" to a Line6 Spider III. It sounded good in the shop, but I never managed to get it to sound nice and cool at home. It wasn't expensive, so it's no big loss, but I now see that I've been pissed off at it most of the time... smile.gif So during the weekend I got a new amp, a Marshall MG30 DFX (or something similar). It sounds just so much better to me, although it hs loads of buzz and hum when it should be silent.

The new gear again made it fun to test out my collection of printed riffs and melody tabs. I even started practicing the rhythm parts of some new and real songs. Much fun was had.

So thank you guys for your kind and motivational pep talk!
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post Feb 11 2009, 05:22 PM
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QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Feb 5 2009, 10:18 PM) *
Hi Chakie. smile.gif

I can't talk in name of all people here on GMC
so I'm just gonna share my personal views an such.
There are many ways to motivate yourself,
someone is pushed to impress his friends,
someone is just trying to fill an empty time during day or week etc.
This might sound a bit strange and maybe gayish biggrin.gif
but imo you should always try to impress yourself
BUT also you must set high standards
while moving the line higher and higher every day.

Ok, let me try explain this with real thing.
When I was a beginner I somehow
learned solo from Nothing Else Matters by ear,
2nd solo played by James if I'm right.
That was my high standard at that time,
I was sooo impressed I finally managed to learn it
that I was jumping around the room like a rabbit on steroids,really.
But next day or in few days I got some Yngwie's album or som
and it was like "ohh....now what?"
And it was time to eventually set new standards and seek for more.

We are all different human beings
and not all of us are getting motivated by same thing,
you should find your own way to get motivated
but no matter what you need to set high standards,
not everyone is able to make that on same level
and once more you have to determine how high it should be for YOU. smile.gif

This is so true Muris. When I watched back the video of myself playing your Canon rock lesson I swear to god I thought that I would be satisfied with my playing for a long time. Not even a few hours later I was watching some of your other lessons and now I have new goals to conquer. I don't think we ever get to a point where we are satisfied with your playing. Maybe you will get to a point where you are satisfied with your chops but now you want to focus on your songwriting skills. There is ALWAYS something to improve on.

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post Feb 11 2009, 05:40 PM
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Besides all the points mentioned before, which are all very good I would strongly suggest to also participate in the collabs on the forum. When I started doing them a couple of months ago, they really gave me motivation to keep on going.

Currently, I have so many goals set for the near and distant future that I wake up thinking guitar, go eating thinking guitar, go to working thinking guitar and when I get home finally play the guitar until too late at night (so next morning I am rubbish (but still thinking guitar tongue.gif).


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post Feb 11 2009, 10:29 PM
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QUOTE (Velvet Roger @ Feb 11 2009, 06:40 PM) *
Besides all the points mentioned before, which are all very good I would strongly suggest to also participate in the collabs on the forum. When I started doing them a couple of months ago, they really gave me motivation to keep on going.


Collabs? Like recording something for others to listen and/or use for something? Hell no, I'd never do that! Why would anyone want to listen to my pathetic plonking, scratching and buzzing? Excellent idea though for those that have a bit more skill or no shame. smile.gif
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post Feb 11 2009, 10:33 PM
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What I do lately, is just look at the things that I already achieved.
When playing something I can't seem to get right, I remind myself of what I have already achieved, and it gets me going again, like : "I'm gonna nail this one too!"

Also a possibility is to remind yourself that you've got all the time in the world to do it.
Strangely, whenever I get frustrated I can't play it as fast as I'd want to,
I remind myself that there is no timetable. You can take all the time you want to do it right!

Just play it very slowly and enjoy the notes!
Make it sound good to your ears, that's all that matters, there's no rush!


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post Feb 24 2009, 03:53 PM
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QUOTE (slash48 @ Feb 10 2009, 11:50 PM) *
Listen to your all time favorite guitarists and tell yourself your going to be that fantastic if you keep on practicing. That's what I do.


Hi slash48,

to me this has just the opposite effect. Listening to Vai or Eklundh just leaves me feeling like an unworthy worm.
This can be so frustrating, espacially if you approach the guitar with the attitude to be best at what you are doing.
But I don't think I have so much talent to play that way one day, nor do I have the time to accomplish that goal.

I think, the first step to go ahead is to free yourself from the presure being like the guitar gods. Would you
quit playing football just because you can't reach the level of Maradona?

It's really the small things in life that make you feel happy. That could be a level-3-lesson on GMC.

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post Feb 24 2009, 05:31 PM
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How do I keep my self motivated? Honestly, I don't! If I feel like playing I play....
I noticed, sometimes, like....I don't feel like playing at all, and just pick up guitar to play few chords, and then bang!, I'm enjoying it, and finish by playing for 1-2 hours:)


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post Feb 24 2009, 05:49 PM
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What works best for me is more or less what Pedja already mentioned. Fresh air and excersize, can't go wrong with it! It's also important to take a day or two away from playing. Even if you feel like you loosing hours of important practice, you really feel recharged for practice when you get to it the next time! At least always worked for me.
And another thing I do, I don't know how many who does this but if I think, my guitar (yes i always blame the guitar) isn't playing well that day, I turn to play piano or maybe sing songs instead. It's working fine for me to be kinda free around that. Other than that I could recommend listening to some bands or music styles that you NEVER heard before.
I remember one day I really wanted to play but I just couldn't get motivated and I stumbled across a song on youtube, that was really, really cool. I never heard anything like it before and just like that I thought "I gotta learn this now" and I did. So it worked in that case smile.gif

Hope maybe some of this can help smile.gif


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post Feb 25 2009, 06:32 PM
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Hi! well really nice topic here! smile.gif well to tell you the truth, i have felt exactly the sameway sometimes. I've felt like: i'm bored... or.. like, i dont want to practice anymore tongue.gif
Guitar is an extremely versatile instrument and it requiers many years of practice and hard effort to develope a good technique to play it.
I've been playing guitar for about 2 years and a half, and i've really enjoyed it!! but sometimes it gets to the point where you just want to throw it all away! sad.gif seems to be the end of the world. biggrin.gif
But the only reason we get that point is because we always forget that guitar is a musical instrument and i was made to create and play music! it is not necessarily to play at ultra-mega-monster speed and to rule the universe.
Just keep having fun with it and enjoying music!


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there are many good backings out there, that will keep you motivated for a long time tongue.gif good luck buddy

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