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    Iíve lost all motivation to practice or learn new tunes.
    No more jams due to the pandemic.
    The great 48 is now canceled. It was the greatest jam scene!
    All the festivals are cancelled.
    I donít preform live anymore.
    I noodle around aimlessly for maybe 20 minutes in the evening.
    There is no point learning anything new because there is no one to share it with.
    Help me! Iím a lost soul.

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    Start a YouTube channel. Plenty of places like here, Facebook, etc. to share and enjoy music.

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    Sounds like it's time to learn a new genre. How about the blues? You've got the basis for lyrics right there in your post.

    On a more serious note; we've all been there. I hope it passes for you soon. This whole thing is getting to a lot of us. We're with you.
    Purr more, hiss less.

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    I hear you man!

    You know with a little bit of tweaking, that could be a pretty good poem.
    Charley

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    I’ve been playing trumpet for 56 years. My last paying gig was two weeks before Easter. I still warm up every day to keep in shape, but with no concerts in the near future, my focus is not as sharp. So, I started playing cello (along with mandolin and mandocello ). This opens up a new way of focusing my musicianship as the cello pitches are infinitely variable not to mention a different clef and tuning. I’m probably not going to make any money playing cello, but I am enjoying the journey.My suggestion is to try a different genre or instrument or both!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sterling View Post
    My suggestion is to try a different genre or instrument or both!
    Yes! Time for jazz fiddle

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    JamKazam...

    It is much better than not jamming! Online jamming may not be perfect, but what jam has ever been perfect?

    JamKazam does do best with a wired ethernet connection to a router, and relatively hot gaming-level computer hardware is a big plus. Configuration is also not the easiest thing in the world, but if things are kept simple it works nicely. And lastly, distance and the number of people in a session makes a big latency difference; as a rule small jams consisting of geographically close people work the best -- although I've been in jams with 10-12 people spread across North America and they've worked surprisingly well.

    Zoom, Skype and etc., are tuned for meetings, teaching, etc. JamKazam is tuned for multiple real-time synchronized musicians. There are other similar online services that are also reported to work pretty well (Jamulus, etc.).

    I jam for free with an online group on JamKazam daily at 4pm PT. It was originally started by, and most often is hosted by a Wernick Method Jam Camp affiliate.
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    As someone who has played alone (with very few exceptions throughout the years) for almost 30 years, this is hard for me to understand. I have loved playing with other people when it has happened, and I still long to find a group of folks to play with, but I have kept on playing simply because I love making music. I would suggest trying some other styles on mandolin for motivation, or maybe taking up the mandola, guitar, cello, or anything to make learning interesting again. Hang in there.
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    as others have said start working on various genres but then you may already do that but long to be around folks that play...I've played by myself for the last 6-7 years as there is no one to play with and I'm fine with that altho I would like to have just one or a couple people to work on things with and I don't do jams or even like the word jam ha

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    Hang in there Jimmy, this too shall pass. Maybe a break is exactly what you need, take some time and don't play - put your mando in the case and go do something else...you will rediscover your love for music and mando.
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    ''No more jams due to the pandemic.''

    ??????????. Not sure why . We've jammed outside a few times ...kept our distance .....just wear a mask-or not as long as you are distancing .
    Most summer jams are outside anyway . Most festivals are outside and most of us jam outside at festivals . Keep your distance ..keep the circle a bit smaller and enjoy some jamming . Its actually the one thing we CAN do to socialize , keep our chops up , be inspired , escape the 'reality' of the pandemic ......If some of us are off work due to safety concerns and lockdowns it gives us MORE time to get together for a safe outdoor jam .

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    Do you read music (notation)? If you do, work on sight reading and try some of the more difficult stuff like Bach cello suites, etc. . If you don’t read music, why not work on learning to? There’s plenty of information out there for free and it will open up a whole new world.

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    One of MandolinCafe’s closest guarded secrets, you can even post half a tune.
    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/group.php?groupid=67

    Or go out for a run/hike? I always wondered how far I could hike in 24 hours, maybe do that sometime...

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    Find beauty in the sounds you can make with your instrument.

    Listen to the music that is in your head. Let it come out.

    Let it surprise you to see that sometimes you cannot (yet) play what is inside your head and try to get there.

    Look forward to the time when playing with each other will be possible.
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    Most of us get into that funk! I went years without playing due to being death bed sick! No Joke man. Just go to a quiet place and see where that takes you-get your mind off all the BS and start to noodle around and that has helped me in the past and before long I was playing tunes I played years ago that I forgot all about? The brain does hold stuff in there!! Be Well

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    All the regular jams in our area are cancelled and the church music group in which I played mandolin and octave mandolin has been shut down, as singing in church has been suspended. But the mid-1800s period band I'm in has started practicing again every other week, observing precautions. We have a gig scheduled in October that the organizers are still hoping will happen. Also, one of our band members has hosted a jam at her house recently.

    I think if you only do instrumentals, like fiddle tunes, you are in better shape. Singing seems to be the big problem due to the forced exhalation. If the players keep 6' apart and wear masks and the contact surfaces in the room have been properly cleaned, it should be fine. I imagine if you hosted jams yourself with those rules, people would come.

    Our band also has recordings of us doing all our tunes online. I jam along to those recordings for practice. I'm sure you could jam to YouTube videos of tunes you do. Sometimes I download audio of YouTube tunes and slow them down if necessary with Transcribe! and jam along.

    I find it's helpful to have a personal "repertoire list" that you strive to maintain for when things open up again. Also, if you can afford it, expand your horizons to octave mandolin or GDAE tenor banjo. A slightly different instrument can get you going off in new directions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmybikes View Post
    I’ve lost all motivation to practice or learn new tunes.
    No more jams due to the pandemic.
    The great 48 is now canceled. It was the greatest jam scene!
    All the festivals are cancelled.
    I don’t preform live anymore.
    I noodle around aimlessly for maybe 20 minutes in the evening.
    There is no point learning anything new because there is no one to share it with.
    Help me! I’m a lost soul.
    This has been a difficult time for many folks; probably more than many of us realize. I’m glad that you reached out. To reach out can take a lot of strength.

    Isolation comes in many forms: Separation from people in general. Separation from folks with whom we’ve established some sort of bond or relationship or friendship. Separation from previously commonplace activities. Separation from things that we enjoy doing.

    The events of the past several months can also create a substantial amount of anxiety. Sometimes we don’t even recognize that we’re experiencing anxiety – maybe we think we’re feeling a little unsettled. Or don’t have the focus we once had.

    Combine isolation with anxiety in the face of events in which we may feel powerless, well many folks begin to withdraw. Motivation goes by the wayside. Simple pleasures become a rarity. And a depression can set in.

    What I’m about to suggest can take even more strength. I recommend that you reach out to someone. Maybe your doctor. Maybe a pastor. Maybe a professional therapist. Tell them what you’re experiencing inside. Then follow their guidance.

    I sincerely wish you well. And I would imagine so do all the folks on this forum. Please take care.

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    We've been getting together at a couple local farmers markets. Keep the jam small and play for ourselves. sound carries outside well so the venders and shoppers like it. We are outside and stay apart but it has allowed us to jam. We also have started a concert series off the porch of an old Victorian house. Audience brings chairs and sits apart in the lawn, tip jar gets passed for the performer. A fairly safe gig in these unsafe times. You may contact one or two folks you play with and meet in a park or someone's lawn. It's not a gig or big jam, but it's playing music with someone else.
    THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE JUST FOR YOUR SMILE!

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    Ah feel yer pain....


    but don't bring me down!

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    Yep, I’m about as motivated as molasses in January!
    Timothy F. Lewis
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    I once read that Hendrix always wore his guitar and played when at home. I soon after started wearing my mandola and playing to whatever was on TV, along with the soundtrack melody and chords by ear, composing music on the fly to the news, etc. My logic is, if I can imagine it, I can hum and play it.

    That's a little different from playing tunes, but it makes me play along with things in many styles, in what might seem to be inconvenient keys, and breaks me out of standard patterns.

    But, that bit of advice doesn't provide motivation, which comes from within.

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    It is OK to take some time off.

    Try some yard work or planting flowers. It is fun to watch stuff grow.....

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    This is good advice. I too am finding it hard to get motivated. It helped that I found a group that is doing a Zoom jam every two weeks. Even so, I still need to talk to friends about what's going on. That helps too.

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    There are many benefits of such an existential crisis. Privilege is blinding.

    The steady draining of immanent meaning from objects clears the way for some marvelous new totalization, so that in a world depleted of significance and subjectivity, myth can furnish just those ordering, reductive schemas necessary to elicit unity from chaos (Eagleton, Ideology of the Aesthetic)

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