Anyone else lost motivation?

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FarleyUKFarleyUK Frets: 1659
My main band has fallen by the wayside (I.e. no contact between any of us since March... ok by me though, as was sick of being the one doing all the work etc.). I’ve joined another band, and they’re a decent bunch of folk, but I just can’t be arsed trying to learn this huge backlog of songs. 

No idea why I’m feeling like this - I enjoy playing, but I’m not sure if it’s due to the songs not being what I’d prefer to play, the complication of the other guitarist learning random bits, the lack of any foreseeable gigs, or just losing the passion for it.

Has anyone else experienced the same thing in lockdown?
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  • No but I’m sorry to hear that you’re in a rut. I’m bursting at the seams to get out and play.
    Give me valves or give me death.
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  • Rowby1Rowby1 Frets: 513
    Yes, a bit. It’s on and off with me. I’ve gone down the retail therapy route (two new guitars this year) which has helped inspire me a bit. 

    Keeping contact with my two main band mates has helped too, they’re all good friends so I guess that’s an advantage. 

    The big struggle is having no gigs in the diary or for the foreseeable future....that’s tough and I feel your pain!
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  • Yes, I’ve hardly played guitar since my last gig in March. 

    We do pub covers as a bit of a laugh, and to be honest before lockdown I was finding the late nights and lugging stuff up and down the stairs a bit off a pain that was starting to outweigh the enjoyment side of it. 

    I was hoping that lockdown would see me itching to get back out there, but it’s been the opposite. 
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  • MusicwolfMusicwolf Frets: 1647
    It can happen at the best of times so no wonder in the current climate.  Take a break, just don't do anything permanent such as quit the band or sell your gear.

    Over the years the most common excuse I've heard from people about lack of progress was "we don't have sufficient time".  Well bollocks, it's about motivation.  Lockdown and fulough has given people loads of extra time but, without the prospect of gigs. the motivation drains away and nothing gets done.  The motivation will return the second a gig comes into view.
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  • KeefyKeefy Frets: 976
    I got pretty demotivated during the first lockdown. I would sit in my music room and not feel like starting anything.

    Then I started keeping a Bullet Journal which for me was a way of ‘capturing’ all the things I wanted to do, ideas for things to try, and also my amp and pedal builds. Sometimes I give myself a target of things to do during a day, other times I just note what I’ve done.

    Currently my main activities are working through the Bass White Pages (present from my son) and learning 45 songs on guitar for a band I will be gigging with once the zombie plague subsides.
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  • I'm still playing a lot.. just not the stuff in the set. It sounds like my band is the same as @not_the_dj s and I was quite glad of the break in March truth be told. We're still in regular contact and had two rehearsals in September. We rattled through our stuff with minimal problems so I think we can get out there again pretty quickly. I've found learning the suggestions for additions very difficult. My enthusiasm for a cover comes from us jamming something out and then learning it properly for the next week, usually. I'm currently getting much mileage from TrueFire in terms of personal motivation though. 
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 4810
    We’re all missing playing together, not just gigs but rehearsals too. Earlier this year we managed two rehearsals in Covid secure environments, but don’t expect any gigs until next summer. In the mean time we’re having fortnightly Zoom calls to keep in touch.

    Without the stimulus of gigs or rehearsals I’ve not been playing much. For a while I was tempted by retail therapy, either a new valve combo which I’d never have a use for, or upgrading to an Axe FX III. I decided that I don’t really need either. Instead I have spent time modifying settings my existing settings. This is something that I try to avoid when there are gigs coming up because of the risk of upsetting the sound
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  • Not really, just slightly different focus right now. I've got a Feb deadline to finish the new album (it's been a year .... ) and so I'm focusing more on mixing and production right now than I am on playing. I did do a playthrough video for our Facebook yesterday though of an old song that we've not played live in 6 years!! It was a bit rusty, but people seemed to like it.
    “It's called a sense of humour broski; get one!” - Thomas Paine
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 4810
    ... My enthusiasm for a cover comes from us jamming something out and then learning it properly for the next week, ... 
    I enjoy learning and arranging songs, but you’re right: it doesn’t work in isolation. We need to play together to know whether an arrangement works in a band setting with the other instruments and they way we each play. 
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  • I’ve been lucky enough to do quite a few gigs (socially distanced) over the year. Maybe 30 including 2 sold out ones in last week, but other than Gigging, I’ve had no desire to sit and play, or buy gear, which is what scares me. 
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 20634
    I have totally lost motivation. We were doing around 50 gigs a year until March and apart from mountain biking with the singer I haven't seen any of them since. The bassist has jacked after nine years of playing together in various lineups and I no longer have finger callouses as I no longer really play. 

    I've stopped playing guitar completely for years on end before, but I was much younger and fell back into it easily. I'm battling hand injuries, tendon issues, arthritis and apathy these days, so who knows, I may not bother again. 

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  • I've barely touched a guitar since our last band rehearsal in Feb.

    During lockdown I've been getting my musical kicks from learning to play the piano.  I started in June, passed my first ever music exam in November, and practice every day.

    Meanwhile the band are still in touch and we're all still keen to play together again once we can, so I'm not stressing it too much.  And I'm certainly not selling any of my gear :)
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  • we,ve manged a couple of rehearsals since march, did a gig about 3 weeks ago, i enjoyed it but dont miss it all as much as i thought i would. ive been practising guitar but not band stuff and 2 months ago bought a cello and teaching myself at a slow pace. I do chat to my band members but i resent the fact that they have made zero effort and it showed at the recent gig, although we were well recieved and i doubt it was noticeable.  I have been thinking about when / if things return to normal trying to finding a different band, maybe in addition to my covers band, perhaps a folky or steampunk band needing a basic cello and mandolin player. I guess i havnt lost motivation but im keen to add something different to my playing 
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  • We’ve done a hand full of gigs during the latter part of the year, most have been really good but the penultimate one wasn’t very well managed in terms of social distancing etc and the last one (done as an acoustic thing) was played to barely anyone. I must say, with nothing booked now until May (and who knows if that will happen), I’ve lost a bit of interest as even doing a gig just isn’t like it used to be and can be a bit hard work. 

    I’ve not picked a guitar up since mid December and am supposed to be learning some new songs for the set, but I just can’t be arsed at the minute.
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  • This has been a horribly inactive year. Our keyboard player is high risk and shielding, which meant even after restrictions were lifted we were very cautious and didn’t get together. So the last time we were together as a band, was the weekend before the first lockdown. It’s been a very frustrating time and I haven’t made the best (musical) use of it; however, there has been a promotion at work and a newborn in the interim, so maybe I’m expecting too much of myself. I miss the outlet of music though, it has always been my mental health barometer and therapy, not having that has been tough.
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 3303
    Not related to the current shutdown situation, but in tha past a band falling apart resulted in a loss of motivation for about a year. Then another 16 years in a great band which ended in another bout of not playing guitar for many months. On both occasions random invitations to jam or gig had the effect of snapping me out of it ond way or another. 
    Keep the faith, in all the years I've had a relationship with my guitar(s), I've never found it to let me down, it awaits ready for action when you are.
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  • slackerslacker Frets: 1351
    I've not played out since Feb. Some of my friends and I formed a covers start up in 2018. It was very low key jamming once a month.

    This year was supposed to be when we got summer gigs. I was going to have a festival in my garden. OK a BBQ with music. We were then going to do some low level gigs.

    Im concerned that after a year off its going to be hard to get momentum. It will probably be OK.
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  • Chris_JChris_J Frets: 136
    Lost motivation, yes, but, I'm still desperate to get out playing again. I just don't have the drive to practice at the mo.

    I'm usually on acoustic for pub sessions and drums in a band. I can't see me playing in either for a while.

    I have managed to do a small amount of recording, but, my focus has turned to my other hobbies recently (photography being one).
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  • pintspillerpintspiller Frets: 931
    I haven't practised songs from the set of the cover band. There was one Zoom chat in May or something, and a few words exchanged by WhatsApp. One of them was about a gig we could have lined up in May and I get the feeling the band could collapse. I'm not sure I'd feel sad if it did.

    I've been amusing myself with getting to know Reaper and playing guitar more than the bass I do/did with the covers band. 

    Things will become clearer within ourselves when the go-ahead is given for live entertainment. Whether things return to normal or there will be provisions (performers, staff and punters need vaccinated), changes in personal lives, etc we just wait.
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  • newi123newi123 Frets: 588
    Motivation lost a bit here for band stuff, although the 2 gigs we were lucky enough to squeeze in between lockdowns in 2020 I still thoroughly enjoyed.

    Keep thinking about leaving the band, but deep down I know I'd really regret that, and enjoy spending time with them socislly aswell as playing music.

    So currently just concentrating on playing what I want and trying to write rather than just learn new covers. Trying to stay inspired and not just waste time basically - Everything else will sort itself out I due course!
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  • JayGeeJayGee Frets: 734
    I had something just creaking into life early last year. A mate was finding himself spread a bit thin as one of his projects started gaining a bit of traction and suggested me as a replacement in a band - not my usual sort of thing, a lot of original material, nice people who I already knew so what the heck...

    Did a handful of rehearsals and was really enjoying the change of pace and new challenges like having to busk a bit of slide for new songs, starting to put plans in place for me to do a couple of gigs with them and Thwack! First lockdown!!

    We kept in touch and when lockdown eased we managed to get a couple rehearsals done and things were starting to shape up again before Thwack! Tiers!! (with me in tier 3 while the rest of the band was in tier 2) and now second lockdown...

    Again we’ve stayed in touch, and we occasionally talk about plans for the year but it’s really hard for me to keep my heart in it and I’m barely picking the guitar up at the moment...
    Don't ask me, I just play the damned thing...
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  • exocetexocet Frets: 1244
    edited January 10
    Motivation down the plug hole with me. Without gigs / scheduled rehearsals I’ve lost focus completely. I’m still playing guitar most days but completely without any structure or direction.

    I’m supposed to be laying down a few parts on a “lockdown video” with some other friends of mine. Did 3 or 4 last year....now, I’ve forgotten how to use Logic and it all feels a bit of a hassle....
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  • FarleyUKFarleyUK Frets: 1659
    I have had a recurring nightmare where I'm at rehearsal with this new band, and I've only learnt about 15 out of the 50 songs (which is the current state of play). It's happened twice now...!

    I also - on the recommendation in this thread - signed up to Truefire. That seems pretty good so far. I was a member of Artistworks previously, but never used it - and the renewal cost was pretty steep. Hopefully Truefire can help with some form of motivation.
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 4810
    @FarleyUK ; Doesn't that new AxeFX III provide some interest. This month I've spent time reworking patches, and working with new amp models is giving me some inspiration
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  • FarleyUKFarleyUK Frets: 1659
    Roland said:
    @FarleyUK ; Doesn't that new AxeFX III provide some interest. This month I've spent time reworking patches, and working with new amp models is giving me some inspiration
    It's certainly helped - but without gigs, it seems a bit pointless right now. However, it's been fun just playing around with it and tinkering.

    The other issue I have is the 'layout' of everything; the AFX3 and my laptop are in the lounge connected to the TV. I could move it all to the cabin to practise, but it takes a while and it's bloody freezing down there.

    That's a reason I got the Waza Air, actually - yesterday I was up and running with some practice within30 seconds. Nice and quick. My aim is to get the songs practised on the Waza Air (along to backing tracks), then move to the AFX3 to create the patches etc.
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 4810
    FarleyUK said:
    It's certainly helped - but without gigs, it seems a bit pointless right now ...
    That’s actually the reason I’m doing it. When we’ve got gigs I don’t want to mess with settings too much in case anything goes wrong live. I use MFC bank 1 for current patches, and bank 2 for the previous versions, so that if something goes wrong then I’m a couple of foot taps away from safe territory. However I’ve currently got the opportunity to rework every, including output levels.
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  • FarleyUKFarleyUK Frets: 1659
    Roland said:
    FarleyUK said:
    It's certainly helped - but without gigs, it seems a bit pointless right now ...
    That’s actually the reason I’m doing it. When we’ve got gigs I don’t want to mess with settings too much in case anything goes wrong live. I use MFC bank 1 for current patches, and bank 2 for the previous versions, so that if something goes wrong then I’m a couple of foot taps away from safe territory. However I’ve currently got the opportunity to rework every, including output levels.
    Good thinking.

    And TBH, now is a great time to try and learn all the complexities of the unit....!
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 4810
    Yeah, you can use earphones for a lot of that
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 399
    p90fool said:
    I have totally lost motivation. We were doing around 50 gigs a year until March and apart from mountain biking with the singer I haven't seen any of them since. The bassist has jacked after nine years of playing together in various lineups and I no longer have finger callouses as I no longer really play. 

    I've stopped playing guitar completely for years on end before, but I was much younger and fell back into it easily. I'm battling hand injuries, tendon issues, arthritis and apathy these days, so who knows, I may not bother again. 

    That last comment struck a chord (pun intended)..

    I moved to Northern Scotland about nine years ago, and shortly after managed to fall off my bike and sustained a serious left hand injury.  If it had happened when I was 21 I would have bounced back but I'm mid 60's now and I still can't flex the fingers of that hand properly.  At the time it completely curtailed any guitar playing, and certainly not in front of an audience.  As a result I lost motivation, sold most of my gear and apart from the occasional strum pretty much gave up.

    But, this Covid thing has created so much spare time that I found it impossible not to start playing again - I even have aspirations to get a band together again this year so it's sort of the opposite effect compared to of what most folk have experienced.  Mind you, my ears are shot as well these days so it might have to be unplugged...
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