hi guys. i've been playing for 2 years now, give or take. i got the basics down like open and bar chords, hammer ons/pull offs, a few scales, alternate picking... but my question is, what would be most beneficial to practice now? scales, sweep picking, soloing etc? i know some theory but i don't apply it to guitar, and learn all my music from tabs.

any advice on where to go from here would help. btw i play mostly classic rock, some newer punk rock and country.

thanks, Jay
maybe start trying to improve your ear?
try learning some easy songs by ear
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i agree..train your ear. theme songs was the easyest for me..

applying theory to guitar is good too u need to do both but both take time..i think learning by ear would help you to play what you feel and hear in your head..so i agree more with FNAFJ and in2thesun88
Learn to improvise, otherwise your scale knowledge is meaningless.
And no, Guitar Hero will not help. Even on expert. Really.
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Learn to improvise, otherwise your scale knowledge is meaningless.

Ya that... if you've no one to jam with, get some jam CD's etc so you develope your style.

I also noticed you didn't mention any kind of finger style. Always a good addition to your arsenal.
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hmm... i hadn't really thought of finger style. years ago i played banjo for a while, so finger style on guitar might not be too hard of a switch.
as for improvising, how exactly do u learn that? just trying different things, seeing what sounds good, and trying to end on the root of the chord in a phrase?
it's hard to make myself learn something by ear when i know i can learn it in a tab in a lot less time, but yeah i should work on that

thanks guys
the reason u learn by ear is because it helps your to play what you hear in your head..i feel it helps with everything improvising also..most famous guitarist dont use tabs..and before i started learning songs by ear my leads sounded horrible...

its live and learn...if u learn by ear..u can really play what you feel and play what sounds great..i think the key to being a good musican is having a good ear..and u must develop that...so i disagree with anyone that disagrees with this..alot of guitarist will tell you the same thing..