This is something I've wrestled with, fairly often. I'd be interested in what my low-end colleagues do, and thought a thread to share tips might be good. From time to time I get stale, get in a rut. I get bored with my pet licks, get frustrated that I'm hearing the same riffs in my head, the same chord extensions. I'm wanting to feel the joy of a new breakthrough in my playing, in terms of technique, ear training, or creativity...but I'm in a rut. I get bored with my practice routine, and start to slack. Experience that? What do you do, to get out of the rut? Things I've done: Bought a different bass. Different tone, different response shocks me out of the patterns. Fun, but pricey. Hey--GAS does have a benefit, though! Cheaper alternative: set the action different on my usual bass. Feels different, requires me to adapt. Bought a method book. Cheaper, gets me doing something different on the bass. Randomly picked a video lesson, and worked through it. What tricks/tips/thoughts do you have?