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Anonymous Poster

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posted: 3/23/2005 at 6:29:57 PM ET
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The thing is, I love music and used to love to play guitar, but lately, i just can't force myself to play. I always feel tired and lethargic, but that's no excuse, and i hardly enjoy it anymore. I really want to learn how to play but i can't get myself motivated. Am I just not meant to play, or will this feeling pass?

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posted: 3/23/2005 at 6:56:14 PM ET
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I just experienced that dilemma a short time ago. What I did was find something different from what I was studying. I gave me a fresh perspective. Press through, that is the key, also talking about helps. You are showing human qualities. Itís a good thing.


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Winnipeg, Canada

posted: 3/23/2005 at 10:35:16 PM ET
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This is going to seem like a weird reply but I am going to answer your question from 2 points of view. The first is from the perspective of a student of guitar. It sounds to me like you are self taught and that you don't take any kind of music lessons. ( I could be wrong here.) If this is the case it could be that you have taught yourself as much as you can and perhaps now need to enlist the help of a good guitar teacher to help you to get more out of your instrument.
The second part of my answer comes from the "mom" perspective. I am assuming that you are still young, a teenager perhaps. So my question to you is are you eating right? Are you getting enough sleep? You say you are lethargic. Is this only with guitar or all the time? We wouldn't want you showing signs of depression now would we. I told you this was going to be a weird response but I just wanted to get you to think about other reasons why all of a sudden your guitar is bringing you little joy. Good luck in finding your answer.

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North Coast NSW, Australia

posted: 3/24/2005 at 3:38:22 AM ET
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Maybe you need a change of pace?
You don't mention what type of guitar you play, but if it's a nylon string then you might consider switching to a steel string ( don't switch the strings from nylon to steel, because they cut through the plastic spindle covers in a few months ) you will notice an increase in ease of playing because the neck is thinner and much more narrow, plus what you play will sound at least a bit like what you hear on the radio.
If you already have a steel string, change the strings to a set where the 1st (top E) is a .010..this size needs much less tension to bring it to the correct pitch, which means the strings are far easier to hold down. Most guitar teachers start their steel string playing students on this size strings and then move to a set with a .011 1st after a month or two.
If you have done this already and still feel jaded, perhaps some open tunings will spark things up..Open D is fun. tune 123456 to D A D F# A D,
then buy or make a slide. A length of waxed string around the neck of a bottle and lit will give you a traditional bottleneck blues type. A Burbon bottle is the authentic one, of course.
Others you might like are :
E B E G# B E and
If you are middle-aged, have no energy and are thirsty all the time, of course, you probably have Type 2 Diabeties.
On that happy note, let me wish you a Happy Easter

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posted: 3/26/2005 at 8:42:40 PM ET
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Thank you so much, guys! After I took your advice, I feel a lot better. And I've asked around, and it turns out, most guitarists have felt this way at some time. Good luck to all you aspiring musicians and happy Easter or Passover or whatever you celebrate!

Viola Girl
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posted: 4/6/2005 at 10:06:24 PM ET
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    i had the smae thing i tried the viola and i lovedit try a percussion or a string instrument

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