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How do you get out of a rut?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by bassfran, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. bassfran

    bassfran Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    When you're stuck in a rut musically how do you get out of it?

    What's your method? Learn a new style? Play a different instrument? Go for a walk?
  2. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA

    But really, I find some new music to listen to. Or spend a few days in Beethoven land.

    Then H&B.
  3. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    magic mushrooms, ftw!

    i'm dead serious. google the latest research at the leading institutions. some researchers are finding medicinal benifits from the psilocybin molecule!

    this is not an endorsement,.. just food for thought.<hint>;)
  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Usually a guy with 4WD and a strap can pull me out.
  5. intheory


    Nov 17, 2009
    SW Florida
    I play in a funk/r&b band. When I feel like I'm in a rut, I've been changing my gigging bass from my normal Ibby 6 string fretted to my Schecter 5 string fretless. It makes me have to focus much more on my playing (the fretless isn't in normal rotation), and I can't rely on popping and similar tactics that I heavily rely on with my fretted basses.
  6. C47


    Mar 16, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Buy yourself a new bass to play
    Always works for me
  7. ma4rk


    Jun 28, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    I go for a walk then come home & play piano or keys as it requires a completely different method of playing than bass or the gui****
  8. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I have had a few times where I was in a rut. I found that not playing for a couple of weeks and listening to something different than what I usually listened to helped me to get out of it. Last year, I had gotten to the point where I was totally bored with playing and actually decided to give it up. I put all of my gear on Craigslist. The next day, I got a call from a guitar player who is well known in my area and we started a band. I took my gear off of Craigslist and have had more fun in this band than in any other I have been in.
  9. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    Why are you in a rut?

    Band break up

    Not in a band

    Never been in a band

    Your band us going nowhere

    You don't like the genre your band plays

  10. Not yet

    Not yet

    Mar 26, 2012
    Go out and sit in w another band.. Best if applied after many adult beverages in a different city
  11. intheory


    Nov 17, 2009
    SW Florida
    ...awesome... :)
  12. walkerci


    Mar 7, 2006
    Orlando, FLA
    Play another instrument.
    Talk a break from playing for 3-4 weeks.
    Play a different style of music. Latin usually gets me back on point. The Clave' is powerful.
  13. completely true for bass players at least

    get yourself a lot of work (gigs, session) so you dont have to be creative. if you cant then play a different instrument or take a break. mew equipment may help as well. different styles too
  14. Chazinroch


    Feb 2, 2003
    Ontario N.Y.
    Never tried it but I heard that tuning your bass differently will get you mind looking at things differently. For example tune your bass E-B-F#-C# (or some other combination in 5ths low to high).
  15. Alberta Mac

    Alberta Mac

    Dec 4, 2012
    I like the question as it may apply to many things, but as Music is the our drug it's a great topic.
    I just heard some great music on Sirus radio and took me to another place. Screw work for the next half hour this is more important I said to myself as I just listened , enjoyed and thought how important it is.
    So I guess what I am saying is ... search out some music that takes you to another place and reminds you why you do what you do.
    Get on that Wave and see where it goes !
  16. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Nothing seems to stir me up and make me feel more vital and alive than identifying an unsatisfied passion and pursuing it relentlessly for a while. Doesn't have to be related to music, either.

    Sometimes, it's caring for a friend who's sick or needs help.
    Sometimes, it's making revisions to one of the courses I teach.
    Sometimes, it's completing a new carving, sculpture, or design.
    Sometimes it's a vacation - a literal change of perspective.
    Sometimes it's a hike, or a day spent walking through a park or museum.
    Sometimes, it's a new instrument, piece of music, transcription, solo, or technique that I'm woodshedding.

    What it boils down to, for me, is refusing to focus on the negative; seeking something invigorating and constructive that fuels a positive state of mind.
  17. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    I build a new instrument when I'm in a rut. My current build is a fretless P neck mounted to a cruddy guitar body and random parts that I had laying around.

    If I can't build an instrument or can't get out of it I pick up a new instrument or style of playing.
  18. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Insult her, and don't pay for the meal.
  19. PWRL


    Sep 15, 2006
    I try to clear my mind from whatever I've been too involved with, and try to find whatever really wants to come out. Find some fresh inspiration, maybe something I've forgotten about. If I've been playing lots of rock/metal, maybe turn on some old Marvin Gaye and see what happens. That sort of thing.
  20. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    Here's how I break the "rut":

    I have a home studio. When I get to feeling like I'm stuck, I'll randomly pick a style of music (that isn't my normal thing) and write a song in that style. I try to make it sound as close as I can to the genre I'm imitating.

    Usually before I'm done, it has sparked something new and the rut is broken.