Ive been playing bass for about 7 years and in the past year I have become extremely frustrated and unhappy with my standard of playing. After 7+ years you would think Id be some what better than just mediocre, but no. I find it impossible to play anything by ear and unable to improvise in songs or create my own nice pieces.
I can play pretty much anything once its shown to me or if there is a tab for it, but other than that I just cant do any more.
I find myself now picking up my bass and trying to play stuff but getting irritated after no more than 20 mins of playing and being unable to figure it out or get a nice feel for it and then I just put it back down. It really annoys me as Im always listening to music and want to play along but I cant. Im thinking of just retiring from playing it all together and taking up something else.
Although, I felt slightly the same about playing drums. Not in the sense that I couldnt play anything without being shown. But instead I got to a point where I just couldnt seem to improve my standard of playing, which was pretty low anyway.