Lee John Blackmore
13 oct. 2023
Hello Guitar Enthusiasts,
Welcome to the October 2023 edition of my newsletter! It's a pleasure to have you here as we navigate the fascinating world of guitar playing and tackle a common challenge that many of us face: getting stuck in a creative rut.
Stuck in a Rut? Here's How to Break Free
We've all been there. Those moments when inspiration seems elusive, and our guitar playing feels stagnant. It's a common challenge that even the most seasoned musicians face from time to time. The good news is that there are strategies to help you break free from the creative rut and reignite your passion for playing. Here are some tips to consider:
1. Change Your Routine:
Sometimes, the familiarity of our practice routine can lead to stagnation. Try mixing things up by altering your practice schedule. Explore new scales, chords, or techniques. Shifting your routine can spark fresh ideas.
2. Learn a New Genre:
Exploring a different genre of music can provide a new perspective and introduce you to fresh ideas. If you're primarily a rock player, try learning some jazz chords or delve into classical guitar. The exposure to different styles can inspire your creativity.
3. Collaborate with Others:
Joining forces with fellow musicians or even jamming with friends can breathe life into your playing. Collaborations introduce you to diverse playing styles and approaches. It's a fantastic way to learn and grow as a musician.
4. Set Specific Goals:
Establish clear, achievable goals for your guitar playing. Whether it's mastering a new technique, learning a challenging song, or writing your own music, having specific objectives can provide motivation and direction.
5. Listen to New Music:
Expand your musical horizons by actively listening to music you haven't explored before. Pay attention to different instruments and arrangements. Inspiration can come from unexpected sources.
6. Record Your Playing:
Recording your guitar sessions allows you to assess your progress and identify areas that need improvement. Plus, it's an excellent way to track your creative journey and gain a fresh perspective.
7. Take a Break:
Sometimes, the best way to overcome a creative rut is to step away from the guitar for a short period. A brief hiatus can recharge your creativity and reignite your passion for playing
8. Seek Guidance:
Don't hesitate to seek guidance or lessons from experienced guitar instructors. They can provide valuable feedback, introduce new techniques, and help you navigate challenging periods.
9. Embrace Mistakes:
Remember that mistakes are a natural part of the learning process. Don't let fear of making errors hold you back. Embrace them, learn from them, and use them to fuel your growth.
10. Stay Inspired:
Keep a journal of your musical journey, noting your achievements and aspirations. When you're feeling stuck, revisit your journal to remind yourself of how far you've come and where you want to go.
It's important to understand that creative ruts are a temporary phase in your musical journey.
By implementing these strategies and remaining patient, you can break free from stagnation and find renewed inspiration in your guitar playing.
If you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
Wishing you an inspired and musically fulfilling October!