#1
hi ive been playing for gonning on 2 years now around were should my playing be
#2
dude it all depends. u don't have to compare yourself to shredders and shit all the time. just play to have fun and if you wanna better yourself, then go ahead and do it by finding stuff out online and putting it into your exercises.

that being said, MY opinion is that you should know basic chords, pentatonic (minor & major) scales, should have looked at modes at least, and can play along comfortably with stuff you listen to or something, by ear.

my suggestion for the NEXT couple years:
work on right-hand technique, get really good at chromatic exercises, start learning arpeggios (applicable not just in metal mind you lol), learn modes really well, and seek out some good scale patterns

get all that down and you'll be a champ, man. good luck to ya.
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#3
it just depends how much u have been praciting... if u have neem practicing for the past 2 years like crazy then u should be pretty good

if u practiced now and then for the pass two yeas u should be decent and know ur basic and barre chords and such


really doesnt matter how long u have been playing.. matters how much u have practiced and played for the past 2 years
#4
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dude it all depends. u don't have to compare yourself to shredders and shit all the time. just play to have fun and if you wanna better yourself, then go ahead and do it by finding stuff out online and putting it into your exercises.

that being said, MY opinion is that you should know basic chords, pentatonic (minor & major) scales, should have looked at modes at least, and can play along comfortably with stuff you listen to or something, by ear.

my suggestion for the NEXT couple years:
work on right-hand technique, get really good at chromatic exercises, start learning arpeggios (applicable not just in metal mind you lol), learn modes really well, and seek out some good scale patterns

get all that down and you'll be a champ, man. good luck to ya.

+1000

There's no certain place you have to be after a certain time. You shouldn't compare yourself to others. If I did that, I probably would have quit guitar a long time ago. Being primarily self-taught and all, everything came slowly to me. Being the best shouldn't be the only reason to do anything. You have to like what you're doing and have fun. That applies to everything.
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#5
Quote by Nor'Easterbass
dude it all depends. u don't have to compare yourself to shredders and shit all the time. just play to have fun and if you wanna better yourself, then go ahead and do it by finding stuff out online and putting it into your exercises.

that being said, MY opinion is that you should know basic chords, pentatonic (minor & major) scales, should have looked at modes at least, and can play along comfortably with stuff you listen to or something, by ear.

my suggestion for the NEXT couple years:
work on right-hand technique, get really good at chromatic exercises, start learning arpeggios (applicable not just in metal mind you lol), learn modes really well, and seek out some good scale patterns

get all that down and you'll be a champ, man. good luck to ya.


+1. That said, dont even begin to try and understand modes yet. Really try to understand your major scale. In terms of intervals, notes, step patterns etc.
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#6
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hi ive been playing for gonning on 2 years now around were should my playing be

wherever it is.

how good you are is a direct result of what you've practiced and how well you've practiced. If you've been playing for 2 years and have never looked at sweep picking then you obviously shouldn't be able to play it.
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I would disagree. I've been playing something like 6 years and my playing isn't anywhere near where I want it to be even after the countless hours of practice I've put in.


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#9
no need to comare yourself, do it for yourself and keep it fun
#10
I think beginners especially have an unrealistic view of the effort it takes to get really good on the guitar. It takes a lot of time to learn the instrument, develop your ear and get the finger dexterity necessary to play well. The main thing is to keep learning new things and work on cleaning up your technique. Just work on improving yourself. Don't worry about how you stack up against others.
#11
Don't grade yourself or anything. Everyone makes progress at different rates. My classmate has been playing for like 3 years and he stinks.
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#12
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I would disagree. I've been playing something like 6 years and my playing isn't anywhere near where I want it to be even after the countless hours of practice I've put in.

lol Take a joke. It's a stupid question, it can't really have an answer. It all just depends.
#13
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lol Take a joke. It's a stupid question, it can't really have an answer. It all just depends.


Jokes really don't translate well in plain text you know...
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