Lost interest in guitar

Finland
June 3, 2007 3:32am CST
I started playing the guitar at a young age, like 6 or 7 years old and have played regularly for the last 11-12 years but over the past few months I just haven't been feeling it at all. I haven't touched my guitar and haven't even had a desire to. Does this ever happen to anyone else, and if yes what do you do to snap out of it? I've been playing for so long that I don't really just want to quit, but then again if I'm not feeling it then is there any reason to continue?
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5 responses
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
4 Jun 07
As a semi-professional musician and guitar instructor I can tell you that what you are going through is perfectly normal. I've seen it happen to lots of students and I've experienced myself many times. Playing is no longer fun and the desire is gone. After years of playing, your music can get stagnent and you can easily get stuck in the same rut of playing and practicing the same things in the same way and end up feeling bored. For me personally, about every five years or so I get burnt out on playing. I will take anywhere from a month to year or more off, where I just stop playing entirely. When I do decide to play again, it is because I truly want to. Often it is listening to some music that does it, or I just start hearing a song in my head that I need to compose. Boom just like that I'm playing again. There are some benefits to taking time off from playing guitar. Generally you don't lose the physcial skills. You may be a little sloppy but usually you can do all the same things again in a month or so of practice. The biggest benefit that I have found to taking a break is that when I return I look at things from a new perspective. I think of doing things in new ways, and my style and ear naturally mature; and everything musically is fresh and new again. After a month or two of practicing after I start playing again, I usually find that I am a better musician than I was when I stopped playing. So again I say unto you, what you are going through is normal, natural and really it is a good thing. When you feel the passion for guitar and music that you once did, you will play again. More often than not, you'll be a better musician for having taken a break.
• Finland
4 Jun 07
Thanks filmbuff for your response. I left my guitar in storage at my university for the summer so whether I like it or not I won't be playing guitar in about four months. Let's hope that when I get back to school I'll feel like playing again.
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@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
5 Jun 07
A four month break probably won't be a bad thing. When you pick it up again (and I'm sure you will) I think it will be refreshing and you will enjoy playing a lot more. Thanks for the best response.
• United States
28 May 10
dude, i came to this site because the same thing happened to me. i started at twelve. played for like 6 hours a day and throughly enjoyed it for the last eight years. and now i have to force myself to play. and my creativity is shot so even if i do force myself to play i still dont get good results. i can already read, know theory, have learned thousands of songs and i have written tons of songs since i started playing, and started a sucsessful band. so is there anything else i could do, or stop doing, in order to enjoy playing again? or is it normal to lose interest when you get older?
@shomomo (850)
• Israel
13 Jun 07
I feel like every time I listen to a really good music I think "wow, I have to learn how to play it", try to get a band of amateur players, it's fun and it gets your motivation up.
• United States
10 Jun 07
this happened to me once but i found out exactly what it was...it was the real world gettin in the way...just make time aside to play and i know you will hop back into it!
@steerforth (1802)
• Italy
8 Jun 07
Don't worry, I have these moments, too. But rest with your guitar, don't worry: there are periods where there is less wanting to play, but it's normal.