In a Slump

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by Setzerhotrod, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    I actually should be thankful that our church wiring is so hash that our IEMs are unworkable.

    It makes it so much easier for the singers to sing with in-ears but I detest playing with them. The feel of playing music seems to disappear and I have a condition which is really irritated by headphones of any type.

    Eventually, things will get fixed and we’ll be back to the in-ears but I’m enjoying the last months of being a wild and free range guitar player.
  2. Andrew Griffin

    Andrew Griffin Synchromatic

    Oct 22, 2015
    I get in a slump sometimes when I haven't made much progress in getting better for a while- I'm a learner, not a performing musician. One thing that works for me to break the negative spell is to change the tuning on my guitar- and change guitars too. So, if I'm stalled out in standard tuning I'll swith to open G, for example, and try to learn to play songs with a flat pick that I've learned in a fingerpicking style. Different tunings elicit different voicings and spark creativity.
  3. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    You have a slump nearly every second week? :eek:
  4. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    As others have said, I think a slump is pretty normal. I saw an interview a while back with Larry Carlton and I believe he mentioned each year he leaves his guitars alone for a month. It apparently helps maintain his interest level. Something like that anyhow.

    I’m going through the same thing myself now so understand your feelings, I think. This one seems to have more legs than other times when I’ve felt like this. I’ve flushed my Band of 25 years, one show left and seriously entertained selling off a large portion of my gear.

    In my case I believe it’s the Business side of Music that has left me cold so will keep playing when the occasion arises and see how that works out.

    I hope you fight this feeling you have and keep playing. It’s a gift to be able to play an instrument and I think we all should reflect on that from time to time.

    Sincere best wishes.
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  5. johnny g

    johnny g Country Gent

    Sep 2, 2017
    union, ms
    My limited skill set keeps me looking for a break-out moment. Trying to get better and trying different guitars, music, amps, etc. keeps be from getting bored. If you think you know it all then it is time to roll up the cords and put them away. Guitar playing is not easy if it was more folks would be doing it.
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  6. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

    Jan 19, 2017

    I listened to this while gardening today. Very inspiring!!
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2019
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  7. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    I usually just play a different instrument for a while, Ukulele, Mandolin,Steel....i make my rounds.
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  8. JCW513

    JCW513 Gretschie

    Sep 21, 2017
    thats me, except for the 35 years parts
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  9. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I switch between instruments every 6-18 months but over the last month I haven’t really played anything. Just no drive lately. Summer time blues? Heat humidity summer is a heavier work load for me all saps my desire. I find myself focusing on books or movies more in my down time just to unwind. Fall is on its way and then my real energy will come back! Kind of backwards from most people I think.
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  10. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    I’ve been in a playing slump of late, myself. I’m not sure why, but the idea of playing just hasn’t appealed to me of late.

    We are in the most confining part of the year, here in SE Arizona. I live at 4,200’ elevation and it was 108 at my house today. I shudder to think of what it must have been like in some of the hotter micro-climates nearby. During the truly hot weather, the prudent stay out of the sun and only venture out for essentials. None of this directly affects guitar playing, but I think that inactivity breeds inactivity.
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  11. Setzerhotrod

    Setzerhotrod Country Gent

    Oct 26, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
    I’m leaving for Casa Grande in the morning. Going to be there for a couple of weeks. Coming from 65 ish degrees. Looks like it’s going to be around 105 in AZ. I’m up for the challenge! Probably going to get back in the rotation at church when I come back. Hope the inspiration hits once the darkness sets in (Alaska winters).
  12. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Admin Post
    Yep, it’s been hot this year. My house is abundantly air conditioned, but I still need a ceiling fan to be comfortable when it’s this hot and sticky.

    There’s been a lot happening in my life, and I’m sure that’s part of it. When I do feel like playing. It doesn’t come out well. This too shall pass.
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