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    Hey all. Thought this should go in the guitar forum. My question is this. I was wondering how you guys keep from falling into ruts especially with solos. I'm still out there playing, but it's no longer my main source if income, so gigs are a little far in between, and what I've noticed is that I seem to be getting into a bit of a repetitive rut with my solos. I'm not sure how to describe it really. I still write, and have no problem coming up with original ideas, riffs etc., but when it comes to improvising during solos, I just feel sometimes like I've said it all before. What are some of the techniques you guys use to overcome this? Most people still compliment my playing, but I'm at the point where I wonder if I've just settled into comfort zone. There's times where it seems I'm really happening and on fire, but I just don't want to stagnate. Could it just be burnout? I try practicing different scales and modes, but I just can't seem to break out of this rut. I get real frustrated, and it really puts me in a bad place, and I end up putting down the guitar and abandoning stuff I'm working on. Any advice would help. Hopefully this thread will help anyone else feeling the same way maybe in another aspect of playing as well.
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    I like to force myself out of my comfort zone. Play along to stuff I would never play to. You might put a lot more tricks in your bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wstinnett View Post
    I like to force myself out of my comfort zone. Play along to stuff I would never play to. You might put a lot more tricks in your bag.
    +1...always push, even if its only a few bars.
    also i like to learn a new tune every week...break it down then try to improvise over the top...then record it and mix it with the original, sems kinda weird but it works for me. also i download loads of backing tracks and improvise over those too.
    i also go to local plug n plays and jam with guitarists that can kick my ass, it gives me the motivation i need to improve.
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    I can't add much more to whats been said but here are my thoughts.

    All great suggestions so far. Playing with exceptional seasoned players will certainly give you new ideas.

    Also if you do try and learn, play along with, and improvise on tunes/genres of music you don't normally play, that will help you expand your vocabulary and push you in different directions. Helps you rethink how to approach a solo(speak with your guitar) and shows you alternate ways people of varying styles approach it. You may learn different phrases, techniques or come up with your own idea based on what you heard while maybe incorporating it into your style and repertoire. I have first hand experience with that and it has helped me. I have been learning a lot of slide guitar and tunes from bands I have never dived into b4 for my cover band. It's helped me expand my musical vocabulary.

    Don't beat yourself up over it though and get frustrated. That fact that you care about this shows that you want to continue to grow and aren't going to settle for what you do well already. Even guys like EVH fell into this trap imo. During the Sam years imo almost every Ed solo had the same signature little licks in them to the point it was like...there it is again. Almost every performance you see him on letterman or a superstar jam he's doing these same things. Guys like Hendrix and SRV could jam for hours and barely repeat themselves. You kept hearing more and more that was unique.

    I truly think a big part of it besides being musically educated and gifted is to play a lot. Hours a day. It's not always easy to do. I know the more I play the more ideas I come up with and the broader my musical vocabulary/voice is.

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    i force myself to listen to other types of music other than rock like blues, country, and smooth, even though i might not be into those types of music.

    i listen for phrases that sound interesting, learn them, and then start trying to figure out what songs i play at gigs that these phrases will fit. pretty soon i'll have learned enough new phrases and incorporated them into my leads, that when i go back to playing my old lead phrases, they sound new and fresh.

 

 

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