If your not enjoying it then dont do it. If you have nothing to say then say nothing. Dont get worked up about it unless it pays the bills. Its meant to be fun. Smile and we all smile with you. . Listen to some music if you want but remember you dont have to do anything where playing music is concerned. You may want to read some books for a bit of inspiration. Try the music Lesson Victor Wooten. Have a look at some of videos on you tube and you will see how low the bar really is. Good Luck.
To expand on the theme Barney mentioned, I always viewed learning as a cyclic thing. You gather the knowledge quickly but then take some time to master the physical aspect. After a period of time you forget you have progressed because it seemed slow but looking back you realise you have progressed. But relax, step back, change tack or do something different. The guitar will wait for your attention.
Imagine being Satriani, or Steve Vai? Nowhere to go on the axe, pretty much mastered every mode, scale and lick known to man. These guys can't even enjoy listening to other players - constantly mapping out what mode the guitarist is employing, etc. (and I've read them talking about that).
Interesting post - I have also heard them slagging off other music but I reckon they do that mainly when they feel there's no art or heart in it - nothing to say, and no way of saying it - ie when the music doesn't move them, not when it's too easy to play. From what I've heard they don't think they are limited by their instrument, and they don't see the fact that they are experts as a hindrance but as a blessing, and they are reaping the rewards of their labours. They also enjoy a wide variety of music both complex and simple, new and old, classical and pop. They don't think they are at the end of the road in terms of expressing themselves as musicians because, at the end of the day, even if all notes and combinations were to have been explored, it's ultimately not about notes but about art, and they feel they still have something to express. And at every level that is true - I think that is what gives us hope to pursue our instruments even when we find it difficult to progress at whatever level we're on. I agree with all on here, I think we should all be open to change, be it taking a break, changing the tuning, going from electric to classical for a bit, changing instrument, eg moving to piano for a bit, listening to different things, playing in a new band, whatever. Soon enough the lure of the ole lecky guitar will be tugging at your fingers and your heart and you'll be off again with renewed fervour and inspiration!
Last edited by Viz; 15th October 2012 at 07:48 AM.