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What do you do when you get uninspired?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Inconnu, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Inconnu


    Nov 1, 2005
    My bass-ment
  2. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    You get uninspired??? :eek:

    Wow. I wonder what that's like... :smug:

  3. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Watch a movie.

    Walk my dog.

    See if my wife is busy.
  4. wmheilma


    Jan 5, 2010
    Go do something else for a while. Inspiration can be sort of like the weather. One week you may compose a bunch of cool stuff then the next nothing. Just don't get frustrated. Do something else.
  5. 2behead


    Mar 8, 2011
    Play the drums
  6. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    Join a new band. Learn a new song. Play some Xbox.
  7. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    I walk away from it for a while, as well. I explore stuff on other instruments too, because they provide a whole new set of solutions and problems that are unique to them. It also helps to explore music that has nothing to do with what you normally find yourself listening to.
  8. Watch the news or mill about in traffic in the cement covered land of strip malls, and... get pissed off!
    Or read your favorite author/philosopher, and... remember the spark.
    Or listen to some some Zappa, and... turn that frown upside down.
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I put on my favorite album revolver listen to it with headphones.
  10. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Keep on truckin' on. Ain't no such thing as inspiration without hard work. Keep coming up with bad ideas until you accidentally come up with a good one.
  11. I've never been uninspired to play music. Tired or busy, sure. Injured, on occasion.
  12. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Learn something new. A new tune, a new exercise, a new technique, a new chord voicing.

    Practice playing something old much faster. Or much slower. (Groove usually feels different.)

    Try a different set of strings.

    Set up my bass.

    Play a bass that's been in the closet for a while.
  13. Take a break from bass for a while...
  14. Realize that it's just part of the process, a lot like working out, where you work through the plateaus to get to the next step.
  15. feeblefingers


    Mar 16, 2012
    Yes, lack of inspiration is a part of the process. Sometimes one of the longest lasting parts of the whole thing. But after the creative drought, I usually find that I've learned something new somehow whenever I get back into the swing of being creative again!

    One of the best things you can do is have a friend you can bounce musical ideas off of. Like just be able to talk about music to them. Or find a new band and really study how they are writing their music. Even do some research on a band you like.

    Or like others have said before me, it may be time to just take a break. Maybe a long one. The worst part about that is seeing your callouses go away, if they're not very tough yet, hahaha!

    I'm going through a lack of inspiration myself. Just always remember that it will come back, and always when you least expect it! :)
  16. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    I don't want to know.
  17. tleebassist11

    tleebassist11 Taylor Lee Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    Endorsing: Fodera, DR Strings
    Listen to new, culturally diverse music. For example a couple months back I was in a rut and then my drummer turned me on to a great guitarist D'Gary. After I heard him all other music seemed fresher and more exciting. Hope this helps!
  18. I'll skip playing for a day once in awhile, or play less for a short while. The creative juices will build & dive back in. Grab a different bass if you have one, play with a pick for a change or fingers if you're primarily a pick player.
  19. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can shag off
    I listen to music
  20. hsech

    hsech I'm not old, I'm just seasoned. Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    Put everything away and lay off for a week or two.