#1
In your opinion, What three rock (any subgenre) songs do you think a beginning guitarist should learn?


three songs any intermediate guitarist should learn?


three songs any advanced guitarist should learn?


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#2
1. Whatever they like.

2. Whatever they like.

3. Whatever they like.

There is no songs any guitarist "should know". People would probably name classics like Sweet child o mine, stairway to heaven, highway to hell etc. But none of that matters if i don't like those songs, i will not develop my own sound in the way i want.

I recommend just writing down bands/songs you like and then choose the ones that you feel that you can learn, but are challenging for you.

However, to be of use in both advice and to answer your original questions i will list some of my favorite rock songs.

Pornograffitti (Extreme)
Get the funk out (Extreme)
Addicted to that rush (Mr. Big)
Merciless (Mr. Big)
Trouble (The Answer)
Waste Your Tears (The Answer)
Ready to rock (Airbourne)
Firepower (Airbourne)

Hope you got something useful out of that.
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#4
As Sickz has said, it all depends on what the person likes. People could learn the "classic" guitar songs, but that may not be what they choose to play. I, for instance, loved GNR so I learnt a few of their songs. On the other hand, I absolutely hate AC/DC and I wouldn't even consider learning any of their songs.

Forget about this whole "standard song" that every guitarist must now. It's not something that'll benefit you at any stage of your musical career. Learn to play the (full) songs that you enjoy, not the ones that everyone else seems to play.

To show you that not everyone has the same tastes, I'll post some of my favorite rock songs as well.

Animal (Def Leppard)
Rocket Queen (Guns N Roses)
Just Take My Heart (Mr. Big)
Stray Heart (Green Day)
Undertow (Mr. Big)
Still Into You (Paramore)
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#5
Learn a song you like

Forget about difficulty. Once your past the absolute beginner phase, difficulty is irrelevant.

If you cant play the song you want, figure out whats holding you back and work on it. Wether it be chords, scales, alternate picking, whatever. Thats how you get better technique; you need a reason to push yourself to get there.
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#6
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Learn a song you like

Forget about difficulty. Once your past the absolute beginner phase, difficulty is irrelevant.

If you cant play the song you want, figure out whats holding you back and work on it. Wether it be chords, scales, alternate picking, whatever. Thats how you get better technique; you need a reason to push yourself to get there.


I wouldn't completely ignore difficulty. Trying to play something by extremely technical guitarists might just prove frustrating. For example, attempting to play Dream Theater or Malmsteen might not be useful.
#7
does being able to play sixteenth notes to a metronome ticking at 139 BPM make one an intermediate guitarist? does being able to do the same at 140 BPM constitute the onset of an advanced level?

do time constraints matter? is one who has played for 6 months a beginner? is 1 year of progress indicative of an intermediate guitarist, and 4 years of an advanced guitarist? does this take into account the actual amount of time that has been spent studying or practicing worthwhile material or concepts?

i think i've made my point -- but in case it wasn't clear, i'll spell it out and say that difficulty is an artificial construct, and one that doesn't really have any fine distinction in it, for that matter.

if you're still seeking answers to your original question, you're going to need to either rethink how you analyze or classify these categories, or be more specific in your line of questioning.

"whatever they like" is good, i like that. but i'd be sure to add "whatever is germane to their musical development".
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