#1
Hi-

I started playing guitar a few months ago and am self taught (i do come from a music background, though- so the theory, etc is pretty much all there already). It's really cool to find a site that is as comprehensive as this one.

One thing that i haven't been able to find online really has been a summary of the milestones you should expect to hit as a guitarist. What are the phases one can expect to go through, how long did they last for you, and roughly how long into playing did they happen?

Learning to set reasonable goals and being aware of phases can be really helpful. Thanks!

-Lodger
#3
It really is different for every player. There's no clear step1, step 2 etc. It just depends on what you eant to learn first, and then go from there.
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#4
well i have a guitar teacher.. but i think the milestones are really..

eg. learning and perfecting techniques are my little milestones then mixing them with ones i already know..

then when you have enough for decent solos such as... erm.. Sweet child o mine.. The Trooper you just progress from there..

the hardest to learn is sweep picking for sure..

just practice.. try and play atleast every day and learn scales.. pentatonic is probably the best starting point
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#5
some people think playing james blunt is a milestone for them.
but for me was malmsteen's far beyond the sun. and arppegios from hell
also string skipping tapping arpeggios or what ever you call it(See -sea of lies by symphoney X for ref.)

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#6
Well it depends how much you practice, and what you want to get out of your practicing. If you want to shred, you practice the techniques to become a great shreeder. It all depends on the devotion you put into your instrument.
#7
It depends on what you want to play personally. but i think tat being able to improvise well if someone gives you a tune is a pretty big milestone
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As long as you're learning it really doesn't matter; no one ever stops learning.
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#9
There is no "what you should be able to" with guitar. It's a long journey, the only question is, where you will end up..


EDIT: Man that sounds like a ****ing guitar-guru talking T_T
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There is no "what you should be able to" with guitar. It's a long journey, the only question is, where you will end up..


EDIT: Man that sounds like a ****ing guitar-guru talking T_T


It sounds like a slightly unwise guru talking.

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#11
No idea myself. Being, most definately, still a 'n00b', I consider a milestone to be much the same thing as me thinking "Wow, I actually got that more or less right!", grinning like a looney, then spending the next hour repeating it over and over again. In other words, there are loads of milestones, but their definitions are entirely personal, and you won't really realise what they are until you've passed them.
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One thing that i haven't been able to find online really has been a summary of the milestones you should expect to hit as a guitarist. What are the phases one can expect to go through, how long did they last for you, and roughly how long into playing did they happen?

You shouldn't expect to find a summary of "milestones", because the milestones themselves, as well as the time period at which they occur, differ for absolutely everyone. Go at your own pace and learn what you can; you'll get out what you put in, that's all I can tell you. You'll go through phases where you play well and phases where you don't, but those phases are just the natural vicissitudes of any activity; work through the tough times and enjoy the rewards.
#13
must agree with whats been said before , there are no milestones you should just play for your own enjoyment.
sometimes it feels like you are not making any progression but then where are you trying to go. just enjoy what you are doing and enjoy the new things you learn.
the more you enjoy what you are doing the more you will move forward,set targets and you wont enjoy the little bits you learn.
you will never be where you want to be and if you were where would you go next.

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#14
While those who posted bwfore me are very correct, there might be a way to make some form of lists you want to get done. What I like to do is to pair a physical skill with an aspect of theory to create a 'lesson'. So for starters, why not try to learn blues pentatonic scales in theory, and then practice them. You'll know when you've reached your milestone when someone could yell to you "hey, lets jam some blues in E minor" and you can play along without much trouble
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#15
Alternate picking on a single string
Bending in tune
Pinch Harmonics
Economy picking (including sweep arpeggios)
Not anchoring (this milestone is one I'm crossing now)
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#16
thanks for all of your replies-

I appreciate your feedback and understand where all of you are coming from.

so far, the milestones i feel that I've accomplished are:


-the first time i played a song i wanted to learn (chords)

-being able to switch seamlessly between chords

-being able to read tabs

-writing my first couple of songs

- basic lead patterns


my next will be beginning of barre chords


where did you go after that?


-Lodger
#17
Barre chords should keep you occupied for a while but where you go from there depends on what you want to learn
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Milestone #1 LEARN THE BLUES I don't meane like I, IV, I, V, IV, I.
I mean like I7, IV7, I7, -, IV7, -, I7, iii7 vi7, ii7, V7, I7 vi7, ii7 V7.
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thanks for all of your replies-

I appreciate your feedback and understand where all of you are coming from.

so far, the milestones i feel that I've accomplished are:


-the first time i played a song i wanted to learn (chords)

-being able to switch seamlessly between chords

-being able to read tabs

-writing my first couple of songs

- basic lead patterns


my next will be beginning of barre chords


where did you go after that?


-Lodger
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You can play between different chords seamlessly...but you're just about to start barre chords..Right.

I just played songs n stuff. Im not in a rush to learn sweeping or anything, im looking forward to being able to do it though.

I guess my ultimate milestone, atm, would be able to play in any key i like, to any song i like. Being able to jam for hours with mates, playing some fun/complicated songs with bands.
#20
tablature, bar chords, sweeping, alternate picking, string skipping, economy picking, tremelo picking are all big things to learn. Once you learn them and are good with them then you've hit a milestone. Some of those are quite hard like sweeping or bar chords (for some people) so when you get em down its quite an achievement.
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#21
I suppose mine were something like this (cannot quite remember the order - it was some time ago)

Basic open major/minor/7th chords
Tuning the guitar by ear (relative pitch - by playing the same note elsewhere on the fretboard and tunning to that) - Yes, I probably played for 6 months before my guitar was properly tuned!!
The major scale (helps you work out lots of TV show themes and other stuff by ear)
Basic barre major/minor/7th chords
Pentatonic + blues scales
My first jams/band practices - rythm and timing, not better place to learn than with others imo
Getting a half decent guitar, and actually being in tune higher than the 5th fret
Learning to set my amp to get the sounds i wanted

From then on I learned more stuff life arpeggios, sweep picking, intervals, chord thory etc e and all the whistles and bells, but the stuff I have listed are what I would call milestones for me as a beginner
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#23
I use my ears to figure out rhythms but I just the tabs as a reference point so I get an idea of what im playing
#24
I`m finding new mile stones everytime i practice when i first started a few months back being able to play the "impossible to do" D chord was a target since then i can change from one chord to another, even played an F the other day TWICE !! this may seem sad to some of you but i`m happy the way it`s progressing after all it`s only for my benefit and don`t plan on forming a band etc
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#25
My main one was learning how to play Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, i'm not into them anymore but at the time, I was so happy. I've had a few since them and now after playing almost four years my next big goal is sweep picking and improving my tremelo picking speed. I'm already progressing quite nicely on both .
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#26
it depends what you want to play?

when i started lerning my first 5 chords was a milestone

then learning to solo

then learning to tap

then learning to play my first metal song through

now string skipped arpeggios and sweeping is my next milestones
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I`m finding new mile stones everytime i practice when i first started a few months back being able to play the "impossible to do" D chord was a target since then i can change from one chord to another, even played an F the other day TWICE !! this may seem sad to some of you but i`m happy the way it`s progressing after all it`s only for my benefit and don`t plan on forming a band etc


this man knows where beginner playing is at. i always had trouble changing from G to D then to E

a song i learnt back in the day with them in was the bane of my life,
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