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Old 12-22-2015, 03:57 AM   #1
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Should I continues learning guitar or quit?

Hello everybody

It's seem really hard to learn guitar..... I'm in the situation which is I don't know what to learn next. I can't take a guitar class for some reason.(Time, Money and Availability)

The lesson I've found on internet are not so interesting. Also, I can't play very well.
I can learn a song a day but it drain lots of energy.

It's been 1 year now that I've play guitar and I still made mistake.
The song I can play is Fade to black, For whom the bell tolls, Enter the sandman and some beatles + GnR songs. (I never finish any of these song except Fade to black and enter the sandman).

*sigh*
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Old 12-22-2015, 04:09 AM   #2
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If you don't want to play guitar, don't. No one is forcing you. Also, learning anything to proficiency is hard. If you give up when things get hard, then you won't get anywhere in life.
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Old 12-22-2015, 05:45 AM   #3
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If you don't want to play guitar, don't. No one is forcing you. Also, learning anything to proficiency is hard. If you give up when things get hard, then you won't get anywhere in life.


Then I shouldn't stop learning.
I should play faster than this.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:28 AM   #4
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No. 1 year is nothing. Somebody who has been playing for only one year shouldn't be able to play that well. Learning to play the guitar well takes many years. Don't expect yourself to become the next Kirk Hammett or James Hetfield in a year (neither of whom are even close to the most technical guitarists in the world). All of the guitarists you see playing in well known bands have been doing it for many many years. You can't expect yourself to become a pro in just a year.

Do you enjoy playing the guitar? Do you want to be a better guitarist? If yes, keep on practicing. But be realistic. Don't expect yourself to be able to play the solo of every Metallica song in a year. In five years? That's a realistic goal. That's perfectly doable. And it could be perfectly doable in less time if you just keep on practicing efficiently and regularly. Actually, Kirk Hammett had been playing for five or six years when he joined Metallica.

You can already play Enter Sandman and Fade to Black. Can you also play all the solos? If yes, that's actually pretty good. And even if you can't play all of the solos perfectly, there's nothing to worry about. Many guitarists can only play riffs and maybe some Nirvana solos when they have been playing for one year.


If you feel like you lack motivation but would like to continue playing, find somebody to play with.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:08 AM   #5
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If you don't want to play... well, don't. But if you want to then you just stop thinking about it and play. You'll get better eventually. Just learn a new song when you have finished one. And try to learn harder songs as you progress. You don't really need lessons or anything. Just play.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:35 AM   #6
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Practice technique and warmup exercises before you start playing songs and you'll be flying in no time.
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:24 AM   #7
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Play with people better than you, learn from them and play in bands.
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Old 12-22-2015, 11:21 AM   #8
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Thats funny, those songs were some of the first I learned as well. Yes definitely keep playing, to answer your question. Keep learning and practice, practice, practice. Literally just be with your instrument as long as you can, as long as it feels good. And start studying the greats (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Randy Rhoads, Ect...), just watching them play will inspire you. Metallica's stuff is great to get your riffing tight, work towards Master of Puppets.

You're working on something that people value, and its just good 'ol fun when you start playing with other people. Which is my next point, start playing with other people ASAP. That will get you playing better, faster. Good luck!
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Old 12-22-2015, 12:31 PM   #9
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If you've been playing this long, you must be dedicated! Most people quit after day 3. I've played for just over 2 years and am only now breaking the skin on Megadeth songs. Work yourself to where you want to be.
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Old 12-22-2015, 01:14 PM   #10
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You have to want it badly to ever really get good at it. Guitar is not for everybody and there is a reason we have golf courses all over the place.

PS: I stink at golf.
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Old 12-22-2015, 01:14 PM   #11
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Hold!!!!!! On!!!!
If you feel like letting go!
Don't stop searching , Your one step closer!
Don't stop searching , it's not over!
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Old 12-23-2015, 08:09 AM   #12
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I see no improvement after a year !!!

Anyway, thank for all this message. I should learn to play a new harder song.

Stairway to heaven my friend!
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Old 12-23-2015, 08:41 AM   #13
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So are you telling us you haven't learned anything during your first year of playing? So you could play exactly the same things the first time you picked up your guitar as you can now? You have learned a lot more than you may think. If you are able to learn to play new songs, you have definitely learned something. The more you know, the harder it is to notice progress, because it's not any more like "I can't play C major chord" - "I learned to play C major chord". After you have the basics down, it's more about developing the skills you already have.

Try this. Flip your guitar around and try to play it. Now flip it around again and see how much better you are. This is how much you have learned.

Just don't worry about not being great. Don't compare yourself to others. Learning stuff takes time. It takes years. And if you can already play Enter Sandman and Fade to Black, you are doing just fine. I wouldn't really expect somebody who has been playing for only one year to be able to play much else.

But if you are feeling down for not being a pro after a year, your expectations are way too high. You need to be realistic.

It's all about practicing. There is nothing wrong with you. Practice more and you will become better. Start playing with other people and you can have fun with your playing skills.



Also, "I still make mistakes"... Well, who doesn't? Everybody does. That's not something you will really ever get rid of. If you make a lot of mistakes, slow it down. You can learn from your mistakes. When you can correct a mistake, you have learned something new.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:40 AM   #14
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life is long
maybe 1 year you are shit (like me)
maybe 2 year you are still shit
but what do u want to be like in 5 yr or 10 yr time?
just a nub who play video games badly?
or a guitarist of 10 yrs.
u only have 1 life
use it
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Old 12-28-2015, 09:29 PM   #15
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As well as thinking about learning songs, do you understand the skills used in these songs?

Understanding what you are playing is very important. Do you understand how to play power chords, open chords and barre chords?

From the songs you have listed you are already doing these skills, can you recognise which you are using?

By understanding the skills you already have it can help us suggest some songs for you to learn to keep progressing.
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:43 AM   #16
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Here is my 2 cents. I have been playing for 40 years and always in bands of various types. You need goals to keep you going. Mine has always been to play to an audience and work with other musicians who can show what my deficiencies are. For me it's all about playing live and getting positive audience feedback that pumps you up or negative feedback (or total indifference) that is a sign that you need more work on something or need a different direction. As far as playing with other musicians I would say that I progress much faster and learn more when I play with a keyboard player. When you work with a keyboard in the band you learn more about supporting each other and how to improve you interaction skills. When you just play at home it is all about you and you don't have to consider how your playing works (or doesn't) with other musicians.

I might suggest you start playing with a good cover band where you'll learn more than you ever could learn on your own. When you can just pick your own personal favorite groups and songs it feels OK because you are picking songs that fit comfortably in the style you already know but you won't improve your overall skill. You need to get out of the bubble and stop limiting yourself and explore other types of music.
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Old 12-29-2015, 09:59 AM   #17
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Here is my 2 cents. I have been playing for 40 years and always in bands of various types. You need goals to keep you going. Mine has always been to play to an audience and work with other musicians who can show what my deficiencies are. For me it's all about playing live and getting positive audience feedback that pumps you up or negative feedback (or total indifference) that is a sign that you need more work on something or need a different direction. As far as playing with other musicians I would say that I progress much faster and learn more when I play with a keyboard player. When you work with a keyboard in the band you learn more about supporting each other and how to improve you interaction skills. When you just play at home it is all about you and you don't have to consider how your playing works (or doesn't) with other musicians.

I might suggest you start playing with a good cover band where you'll learn more than you ever could learn on your own. When you can just pick your own personal favorite groups and songs it feels OK because you are picking songs that fit comfortably in the style you already know but you won't improve your overall skill. You need to get out of the bubble and stop limiting yourself and explore other types of music.

This is the perfect answer. I can relate to this.
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Old 12-29-2015, 02:14 PM   #18
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Do you really see no improvement after your first year of playing??
that's hard to believe.. I think that even if I didn't play guitar for a year I would still improve just from listening to music..
I think you should continues if you love's play the guitar.
You need some inspiring music to get you going that's always my motivation. Every now and then I get addicted to a song that Makes me want to play more..

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Old 01-09-2016, 09:05 AM   #19
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Half the battle of learning guitar is getting over the bad patches and saying to yourself it'll get better and if you stick at it and practice it will get better it always does just take a lot of time and patience so keep on playing . Make the best friend you will ever have and as the song goes "I'm gonna play that thang till the day I die"
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Old 01-09-2016, 09:33 PM   #20
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Hey,if you like it,keep at it. If you don't like playing the guitar,then don't.

If you do decide to keep on rocking though that's great! Learn songs,whole songs preferably and if you can't learn the solo for example,practice the required techniques and come back to it later!
Also,it might be best to try and avoid using tablature and start grinding those ears of yours instead,you'll develop a good ear and won't need to use the tabs as "crutches"

Basically ask yourself,how good do you want to be? What kind of level are you satisfied with? In my instance it'll be the my favourite band,to be able to play like Michael Romeo. For that I have to practice alot on,well,basically all guitar techniques. So,for you,what kind of practice/lessons do YOU need to do in order to play like x,y or z?

And as with everything,there's bad teachers and there is good teachers. Ben Higgins on youtube for example is a teacher I consider good. Look him up,see if you can learn something (if you're into metal). If you're not into metal you could look up PatDavidMusic on youtube,he goes into depth and does very thorough lessons on music theory. He's gold for that kind of thing.

And one thing you should do is to be critical of your playing,I feel like I have to quote Ben Higgins on this: "Right,if I'm playing like ass,sounds like ass,I'm playing like a knob,stop it". When I think about it,that's gonna' go in my sig.

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Good Luck!
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