#1
Hi ...

I have been practicing the following techniques for a while now (about a year) ...
and have made some progress. I was just wondering how long it would take to become really good at them. By good I mean as good enough to play a lot of fast licks like Zack Wylde, Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci etc.

1. Alternate Picking
2. Legato
3. Tapping

I practice exercises for each one half an hour daily ..so thats 2.5 hours of practice daily.
I mainly follow John Petricci's rock discipline, but I also throw in licks I find interesting and hard to play
#3
It's important to note that those guitarists have been playing for a long time. I am pretty sure they've all played longer than 20 years.

As for how long it will take, see the above answer.
#4
It also depends on how well you practice, how quickly you learn, and how quickly you can identify problems with your technique and correct them. You can't put a time on how long it takes to get good - what you can do is set yourself mini-goals that are achievable, based on your own knowledge of how fast you believe you can progress.
#5
As long as it takes
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#6
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As long as it takes


I second that. You must allow yourself the freedom to progress at your own pace.

Consider: Every bit of time and energy you spend worrying about whether you're progressing fast enough is a bit of time and energy you can't devote to actual practice. You'll only slow yourself down by worrying too much about how long everything is taking.
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