You know, those moments were months of practice all come together and it makes you feel so good. For me, I have been playing for 6 months, and after a lot of practice on scales, changing direction and tempos, throwing in bends and legato and stuff, my soloing was nowhere near what I wanted it to be. Yesterday, I attempted the first solo to Jump in the Fire by Metallica, and.... it's actually not to hard. I tried it months ago and gave up instantly, now I can actually kinda play it.
What about you guys? What were the moments in your guitar playing that really made you feel proud because of all the effort that went into it previously? What were the biggest milestones you have achieved?
idk im to the point where i can play any guitar part that i want to, which feels good

even though it doesnt include really hard songs, ive come pretty far. i get what you're saying
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I actually had the same thing for a metallica song. i had been trying to finish the solo and the whole song, then one day out of nowhere i finished the whole song!!! Now i can play the entire song
it's basically exactly the same with me. i try to learn a solo, practice the hell out of it, but semi-fail, so then i give up, but i try to play it a couple weeks or months later, and i can do it! but i guess that's not really a sudden increase then...
My jumps in skill increases sometimes come after a break from guitar playing. Maybe it's all that pent up rock, but after a three week vacation with no guitar, I was finding a lot of fast blues stuff pretty easy.
Usually after breaks like SeanJovi, but only if I was actually trying to fix my skills before those breaks.
I get them after I take a break from playing, as in not playing for a week or so
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I've been playing a little over 17 years. Good news - you still get the jumps in proficiency after stuff you've been working on just comes together. They're not as big as in the early years, but they still happen. Typically, it seems I'll get a little bump every 40 or 50 hours of practice.
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I had a moment when I just figured out how to sweep. I looked around and discovered what I was doing and I was like "Damn."
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That's funny, dude. I hadn't thought about it like that.
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I was working on a riff, just trying to build speed... then I went camping for a week... and when I cam back I could play it really well for some reason! Like better than I could before I left... and I didn't practice at all while camping O_o
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I guess mine would be 3-string sweeps. Next will probably be 5-string sweeps, but I wish my learning of harmonic minor would be going faster. Another 6 months and I should have more complex sweeping down, be better at tapping, and hopefully put practice of harm. minor and its modes behind the major scale and its modes.
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I think one day i was just playing around on my guitar and my friend asked me to sweep(knowing it was gonna sound like ass)
so i swept and it actually sounded clean and was fast.
ever since then i was able to sweep better than most jackasses on youtube
who claim they can sweep.
I could bend and do vibrato´s like the 8th day i played guitar then i sucked for 14 months and now i found out 2 weeks ago that i play VERY clean (Apparantly to some people i played with). Also i don´t know any theory but still can make cool riffs and stuff. The only thing i suck at now are Techniques like Sweep picking (wich i dont use in my style of music) ,shredding and making up ORIGINAL solo´s.

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My alternate picking speed doubled for some reason a couple of weeks ago. Well, I'm not complaining

My downpicking speed still sucks though
About a week ago I made a major step and could play a lot of solos I couldn't do well near flawlessly now.
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