..how do you do it? I mean, for real, how do you play the same chords for 4 hours straight at a gig, with little to no variation, and not get bored? My band is close to having a full amount of songs to gig with, ready to go but mate, I'm telling you - I got tired of all the songs basically being the same thing a couple weeks ago. I want different chord progressions. Different styles. Not just locked into the same thing. I get there are some differences between songs. Different stop-starts. Different dynamics. Different feels to all the songs, totally get it. ..but man, when you're seriously playing a whole load of 12 bars (or very similar) in E or A, I mean, it mushes your brain. How do you guys do it? What's the secret? I do love the music. I can totally listen to it for days on end. When it comes to actually playing the same things over and over and over and over man. So hard. One thing I've also noticed and perhaps it's just me and my lack of ability, but I find it hard to really communicate my messages on guitar when playing these styles of music for so long. I find it hard to make people, even myself, really feel the songs and hit 'em where it hurts. It's like the chords don't allow for that. Little to no minor chords. I'm fond of the old 1-6-4-5 myself and of course, we play like no 6 chords, don't get to hit 'em in the feels over the minor changes etc etc. I don't know. I'm almost regretting what I'm doing, but I feel like it's something I personally am lacking in my playing. I don't know how to mix it up, with what we're doing, so that I can satisfy my own needs/wants for musical exploration. I want to make people really feel things when this band starts hitting clubs. I'm not sure I can do it when we're playing the same things over and over and without those tasty minor changes. I'm actually thinking of completely buggering the songs, and saying hey, for this song, let's change to this progression or this progression, so when I solo, the whole vibe changes and I get a chance to really express myself some more.. then when I'm ready, kick it back to the actual song progression. I don't know. I'm rambling on. It's a real thing though and I'd love some insight into the world of people who are gigging and in a similar situation - playing uber similar chord progressions all night..