Some days I pick up my guitar and I can come up with riffs and make up a lead and it feels good. I can be very productive and feel real good about my progress as a musician. Other days (like today) I pick up the guitar and I feel like I'm just going through the motions. Usually, I will still put in at least a couple of hours worth of playing and most of it would be nothing special. I do this because I usually have about 4 or 5 songs that I work on at a time and like to make any kind of progress I can on whatever song I can. I find that when I push myself when I am not feeling the music I start thinking things such as: I'm not as good as I want to be; I'm not a real musician; and/or that I am just wasting my time time. So, right when I felt this would be the case today, I stopped immediately.
I have been playing for a year and a half and have learned to play all on my own, so I don't know if this is a regular pattern with guitarists or not - sort of like a "writer's block" for the guitarist. Since writers have tips and techniques for dealing with writers block, I was hoping maybe I'd get some feedback on how others deal with their guitarist block - or even any similar stories so that I can at least see that this is a common issue.
Thanks for being here!