#1
I have had a guitar for about 5 years now and not too long ago my dad bought me a new one and I haven't been practicing hardly at all because I'm not sure where to start, I have been just messing around with tabs but on every song I have tabs on I can only play a little of I can't play the whole thing, apparently staring at tabs all day isn't working or I'm doing something wrong, is there a technique to practicing? Do I need to learn scales first? If so which ones? I'm totally clueless I have no money for a trainer and I can't find anyone who can play guitar near me all I know is that I can read tabs and pluck a string.

If It's just the tabs that are hard I'm into anything metal..or on the other hand I'm taking the wrong approach on this please explain..thanks..
#2
that's how i learned at first. not the fastest way, but it kept me interested. when i felt particularly motivated, then i started to focus on technique and stuff by playing exercises and scales.
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#3
I say just stick at it, you'll get the hang of it. That's how I started out anyway.
And don't learn scales yet, it'll just bore you and it probably won't help you out a lot yet.
#4
I have to say I pretty much learned that way as well, I just fixed myself on tabs moreover but then once I got the hang of it I took interest into penatonic scales which brought me even further, you kinda teach yourself different things later on, or at least that's what happened to me
#5
Try learning songs where you KNOW you will be able to play all the way through. You likely have been looking at tabs beyond your skill level
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#6
"Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit" was the first song I learned on the guitar. It's extremely easy and sounds cool. You could try that one or just about any of the other Nirvana songs.
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