#1
I am currently learning how to play lead guitar and I was wondering how long it would take before I can freely play solo's and lead parts along with a song.

How long did it take all of you before you could play a solo?
How long did you practice for each day?
How complex was the solo?
#2
I think this is better suited to the techniques section, but I'll still answer your question.

Obviously, depending on the solo. I think my very first solo was RHCP's Californication, and it's a very easy solo. By then I had already developed some basic sense of technique, so it didn't take long for me to learn. 10 minutes at most? Half an hour before I could play it by heart I reckon, but this was well over 10 years ago now.

But again, learning to play a lead part completely depends on a) the difficulty of the part b) your ability, and c) your willingness to practice it. There's no 'set period' of time before you are fully able to instantly play any solo you see or hear. Unfortunately, as dull as it may seem, for some difficult leads you will have to be able to sit there and play the same 4 bars repeatedly for hours on end, and then move on to the next 4 bars.
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#3
maybe after one year, i started thinking i was able to play solos of moderate difficulty. it took several more years to actually be able to get them to sound decent, and even now at eight years i still find that when i go back and play some simple things, i'm able to play them better than i used to.
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#4
I have been playing Rhythm guitar for about a year now and I started playing lead a few weeks ago.
Currently I can play lead parts from slow tempo songs with little to no articulation if I listen to the song and practice it for about an hour but I want to be able to play pieces like Eruption by Van Halen.
With the slow tempo songs I can see myself being able to play them with a better sound and with more articulation added if I keep practicing them, however I am stuck with what I should be practicing in order to fast paced solos like Eruption.
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I have been playing Rhythm guitar for about a year now and I started playing lead a few weeks ago.
Currently I can play lead parts from slow tempo songs with little to no articulation if I listen to the song and practice it for about an hour but I want to be able to play pieces like Eruption by Van Halen.
With the slow tempo songs I can see myself being able to play them with a better sound and with more articulation added if I keep practicing them, however I am stuck with what I should be practicing in order to fast paced solos like Eruption.

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I think my first solo I properly learned was Hand of Blood by Bullet for my valentine back in the day, I had only been playing guitar for around 7 months or so so I was downpicking everything It taught me that I needed to alternate pick and I ended playing it live a few times about a month after learning it.
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I think my first solo I properly learned was Hand of Blood by Bullet for my valentine back in the day, I had only been playing guitar for around 7 months or so so I was downpicking everything It taught me that I needed to alternate pick and I ended playing it live a few times about a month after learning it.

How well did you manage to play it? Did it sound clean or was is quite messy the 1st time?
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How well did you manage to play it? Did it sound clean or was is quite messy the 1st time?

Untill you get the fundamentals down, it will sound bad. Like I said keep practicing. Everyone learns at a different rate.

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