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I'm curious to know: how fast does the average guitarist progress in around 6 months of playing? Everyone is different and judging how a person progresses might be hard. But I don't have anyone to compare my playing to and I want to know if my practice is paying off and if I should invest in some lessons. Could someone give me an idea from personal experience or link a tab? In terms of playing ability, what should be easy for me right now? Any feedback is appreciated.


If this thread is deemed pointless and gets deleted oh well. To give an idea, I can play Little Sister by Queens of the Stone Age all the way through like the song.
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Quote by Needasnappyname
I'm curious to know: how fast does the average guitarist progress in around 6 months of playing? Everyone is different and judging how a person progresses might be hard. But I don't have anyone to compare my playing to and I want to know if my practice is paying off and if I should invest in some lessons. Could someone give me an idea from personal experience or link a tab? In terms of playing ability, what should be easy for me right now? Any feedback is appreciated.


If this thread is deemed pointless and gets deleted oh well. To give an idea, I can play Little Sister by Queens of the Stone Age all the way through like the song.

Even the solo? The rest of the song is just power chords and after 6 moths you should have no problem with those. Remember that you pretty much suck major ass for the first year you are playing since in that time you are just learning the basics. How are your bends? Can you hammer-on/pull-off properly? Do you know the open chords and/or a few barre ones? Are you alternate picking? Are you holding the guitar properly? Do you know any scales? Those are the things you should think about first, then we can start talking about learning songs. Though it would be good to learn a coupe of very simple ones.

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People like to gauge their progress by songs they can play, forgetting that how well you play the song is what really matters.
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If this thread is deemed pointless and gets deleted oh well. To give an idea, I can play Little Sister by Queens of the Stone Age all the way through like the song.
Yeah, but record yourself playing that song and listen to it a few years from now: you're likely to go "hmmm, I didn't quite nail that part, this bit's a bit sloppy, I should've used a hammer-on here, what the f*ck was I thinking with that sh*tty-ass tone..."

Hearing back your own recording is like seeing an old high school picture: you can tell it's you but it's still striking how much you've changed

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Yeah, but record yourself playing that song and listen to it a few years from now: you're likely to go "hmmm, I didn't quite nail that part, this bit's a bit sloppy, I should've used a hammer-on here, what the f*ck was I thinking with that sh*tty-ass tone..."

Hearing back your own recording is like seeing an old high school picture: you can tell it's you but it's still striking how much you've changed

...unless you're like Keanu Reeves or something

I always listen to my old clips of playing and wish i still sounded that way
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I always listen to my old clips of playing and wish i still sounded that way
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The average guitarist doesn't become anything other than an average guitarist


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oh wait.
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By 6 months the average guitarist should be able to play this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY8wyKuLY2k&feature=related

Without the faces of course. The faces need a lot of practice to nail.


Are you kidding? I was onto my first 7 neck guitar by this point. 3 neck guitars are for pussies. Oh, and I could sing and play a solo at 300bpm at the same time. And do the faces in this without thinking.

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Are you kidding? I was onto my first 7 neck guitar by this point. 3 neck guitars are for pussies. Oh, and I could sing and play a solo at 300bpm at the same time. And do the faces in this without thinking.

I'm a modest man.

Is this you, 4 months in?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_pU_0G-qc8
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1 to 3 years if you practice everyday. Also depends on how good you wanna get.
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1 to 3 years if you practice everyday. Also depends on how good you wanna get.


Basically this.

It's entirely down to how much effort you put in, and what you put the effort into. I've been playing for nearly 12 years now, and people that have been playing for 3 could probably play harder stuff. I just don't put the hours in any more, every time I pick up I just noodle and strum then do something else.
Also bear in mind that if someone on youtube makes a point of claiming they played a pretty difficult song "with only 6 months practice", chances are they're bullshitting and have actually played about 5 years.
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Basically this.

It's entirely down to how much effort you put in, and what you put the effort into. I've been playing for nearly 12 years now, and people that have been playing for 3 could probably play harder stuff. I just don't put the hours in any more, every time I pick up I just noodle and strum then do something else.
Also bear in mind that if someone on youtube makes a point of claiming they played a pretty difficult song "with only 6 months practice", chances are they're bullshitting and have actually played about 5 years.


I've been playing acoustic for around four years, I started electric middle of last year. I practice at least an hour a day. (3 at the most). I want to get really good. So yeah, I give myself another 2 years to get as good as I want.
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first pube - play blues scale
voice breaks - stairway to heaven solo
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I'm curious to know: how fast does the average guitarist progress in around 6 months of playing? Everyone is different and judging how a person progresses might be hard. But I don't have anyone to compare my playing to and I want to know if my practice is paying off and if I should invest in some lessons. Could someone give me an idea from personal experience or link a tab? In terms of playing ability, what should be easy for me right now? Any feedback is appreciated.


If this thread is deemed pointless and gets deleted oh well. To give an idea, I can play Little Sister by Queens of the Stone Age all the way through like the song.



you should progress ~23 BPM at a time
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People like to gauge their progress by songs they can play, forgetting that how well you play the song is what really matters.


This. For example, these guys know how to play the song from beginning to end, but obviously they're not getting signed any time soon, unless they've really shaped up in the last six years.
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Oh... Well, I suppose that's okay.


This time.
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6 months? You should be able to sweep pick by then.
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This. For example, these guys know how to play the song from beginning to end, but obviously they're not getting signed any time soon, unless they've really shaped up in the last six years.



Or all the kids on youtube who play through Dragonforce/Necrophagist/Symphony X songs and just do a terrible, terrible job.


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6 months? You should be able to sweep pick by then.


You should be so far past sweeping that you refuse to even put it in songs by that point.
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Invest in lessons anyway. A good teacher is ALWAYS a benefit. Hell, Nick Peart of Rush still takes drum lessons!


Hell, Nick Peart of Rush still takes drum lessons!


Nick Peart of Rush


Nick Peart


for real, dude?

Although, if Neil Peart came to me asking for drum lessons I'd probably shit myself right there


OT, after 6 months of playing I was still pretty bad. you are too. most of us were. I'd like to think i've gotten better in the last 5-ish years but I doubt I have

Best of luck to you though, man
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Thanks for the feedback guys, it's appreciated. Hammer-on's and similar guitar nuances are old news to me. They come naturally. As for Little Sister, I can play the solo faster than Homme does. As well, definitely not. A lot of the time I play along with songs so that always helps. I know my scales and whatnot but I'm just now getting into really learning theory. I always try to push my limits and do shit I'm not comfortable with doing so that helps. Ill check out the links and ideas you guys posted. If anyone uses a practice program or something they like I'd be happy to see that. Thanks again!
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I've been playing for about 9 years and I still suck. If you have any mentality other than this, you're a dick
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And how long is that?


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After 6 months with my acoustic I honestly wasn't all that great (not that I'm really amazing at guitar now either). Really wasn't all that motivated to finish a song. Mostly played cool intro riffs and that's about it. Best of You by foo fighters and the intro to unforgiven were probably my crowning achievements at that point.
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