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#1
I feel like I'm far bahind where I should be for how long I have been playing (a year this august) I can only do very basic solos, like Smells like Teen Spirit and blues improv. I can play all chords, but I have trouble switching between chords and single notes (such as in Ten Years Gone by Led Zeppelin). Can anyone tell me wether I should be at a higher level or not, and if so, how to get to the level I should be? I practice about 3-5 hours a day, if you include just playing songs.
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#2
How much you practise and how you do it matters more than anything. How long doesn't matter. Practise what you're not so good at, and make it your strenghts. Don't compare yourself to others. Good luck

Btw, you're prob better than me, although i've played 3 months less than you. Still, i wouldn't worry too much
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dont worry about it at all man. sit back, relax, and make noise!

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#4
thats the thing, I really don't know what to practice. My scales, chords, pull-offs, hammer-ons, etc. Are all good, but I can't seem to put it together into playing songs.
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#5
you may not b as good as some ppl who learn faster or just learn songs
but your learning chords and songs
which was smarter than i started off doing
so your gunna wind up better than most ppl
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then jsut practice goin from say a hammer on to a pulloff and so on. jsut practice the transition from one chord to another. house of the rising sun is a great beginner song that works on transitioning from one cord to another. its very very basic though
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#7
I'd say that knowing all the chords and being able to do some improvising plus the basic skills that you mentioned is pretty good for a years worth of playing.
#8
Practice songs that you normally wouldn't. Songs that aren't in your normal range of playing. I've been playing for a year and a month, and I'm really good at rhythm guitar, but my soloing is pretty pathetic. So, I'm working on soloing more. And, when I get bored with soloing, I'll play a few rhythm-heavy songs I know that are easy and just fun to play.

I've found that trying other types of music out helps as well. I like to play mainly punk stuff (The Ramones, The Clash, etc), but that really only helps with rhythm. Solos aren't in a lot of punk songs, and when they are, they're short and easy. So, I started playing some bluesy stuff. And even attempting to shred a bit to improve my soloing skills. I sat down with a metronome, and within a couple hours I went from being able to play the scales I knew at an embarassing ~60 bpm to being able to rip them out frontwards and back at 240 bpm.

It just comes down to what, and how you practice. Focus on the things you aren't great at. When you get bored practicing that, go play some of what you know well. Then come back and keep practicing your weak points.

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then jsut practice goin from say a hammer on to a pulloff and so on. jsut practice the transition from one chord to another. house of the rising sun is a great beginner song that works on transitioning from one cord to another. its very very basic though

I just realized why I can't solo, it's irregular, changing time signatures that I can't seem to get, like in house of the rising sun (only more complicated songs than that). I can play almost anything in one basic time, but I seem to have some kind of mental block on changing speeds.
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#10
after a full year i like to teach people who im "Giving lessons" midnight by joe satriani to see if what im doing works (keep in mind ive only really used this on 3 people and 2 of them could play it) when i first started i could play it after 6 months but i had no life and played guitar from 6-8 hours a day
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after a full year i like to teach people who im "Giving lessons" midnight by joe satriani to see if what im doing works (keep in mind ive only really used this on 3 people and 2 of them could play it) when i first started i could play it after 6 months but i had no life and played guitar from 6-8 hours a day

I'm like that too, but I play, not practice for 6-8 hours.
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I just realized why I can't solo, it's irregular, changing time signatures that I can't seem to get, like in house of the rising sun (only more complicated songs than that). I can play almost anything in one basic time, but I seem to have some kind of mental block on changing speeds.


Are you taking lessons? I've been taking lessons since I started playing. One of the main subjects that my teacher focuses on is playing in time. He has a drum machine and sets it on different speeds and has me play stuff in time. I actually just had a lesson today that focused on play at 3 beat tempos, 5 beat tempos, and 6 beat tempos. Normally I play in 4 beat tempos, so it was a good change. I was able to catch on quickly as well.

If you're not taking lessons, why don't you look into taking a few?
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^ Yes, playing with a metronome is one of the best things you can do. I decided to be an idiot and NOT use one when I first got my acoustic. Felt I was too "superior" because I had 3 years worth of experience with an Alto Sax.

Now, I can't keep tempo worth ****, but I can almost play MoP up to regular speed.
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Are you taking lessons? I've been taking lessons since I started playing. One of the main subjects that my teacher focuses on is playing in time. He has a drum machine and sets it on different speeds and has me play stuff in time. I actually just had a lesson today that focused on play at 3 beat tempos, 5 beat tempos, and 6 beat tempos. Normally I play in 4 beat tempos, so it was a good change. I was able to catch on quickly as well.

If you're not taking lessons, why don't you look into taking a few?

I take lessons, and I play with a metronome, but changing time in the middle of a song confuses me. Look at most solos, it's different from most riffs in that there are stops in the solo, not just notes flowing at the same time between them, if that makes any sense.
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but changing time in the middle of a song confuses me.


Do what my teacher told me to do: Focus on the part that you're having trouble with, get it down 100%, and then connect it with the part you already know.

That should work, it did for me.
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I have been playing about as long as you, and I feel like I'm behind sometimes too. But, keep doing what you are doing. My friend started playing before me, and all he did was try to learn parts of songs. I started learning chords, scales, other techniques, and used a metronome. I am so far ahead of him now, it's crazy. I have trouble staying focused and using a metronome and learning technique, but I keep doing it as much as I can because it has helped me out so far. Like someone else said also, learn different songs that you aren't used to, I think thats a pretty good idea. Anyway keep playing and have fun with it, thats the most important thing.
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Do what my teacher told me to do: Focus on the part that you're having trouble with, get it down 100%, and then connect it with the part you already know.

That should work, it did for me.

best advice ive heard so far. i cnat beleive i didnt think of it sooner!
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Do what my teacher told me to do: Focus on the part that you're having trouble with, get it down 100%, and then connect it with the part you already know.

That should work, it did for me.


YES! That is probably the best way to do it if you don't adjust speed naturally. I've always been able to change speed instantly, but I guess I'm just special like that.

What PunishedOne said is perfect though. It's the best way to get the speed change down.
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#19
Playing songs isnt practicing, its playing. Do some technique excercises etc.
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#20
Woo I just hit 1 year about a week ago

Don't forget to ALWAYS ALWAYS push yourself. Don't stick to learning easy easy songs, try a song with something a little harder and then another thats a little bit harder..er.

Learn scales / theory / etc


With the metronome just first learn every note in the one part you want to learn (or be like me and have the tabs laid out in front of you ) and then start off really slow (I usually start about 1/2 time) and make sure you play it perfect before you move up 5-10bpm. If you don't learn it perfect at half speed and then move up, how do you expect to play it 2x as fast perfectly?


Oh and lastly listen to these other people, they know what they mean.
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Do what my teacher told me to do: Focus on the part that you're having trouble with, get it down 100%, and then connect it with the part you already know.

That should work, it did for me.

I'll try that, thanks.
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Im going on 3 1/2 =/.
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#24
I've been playing for a little over a year getting lessons off and on. I haven't used a metronome, but rather started playing mandoloin about a year before and learned how to rythym with it. My timig isn't the best in the wolrd, so I'm going to look into getting myself a metronome. I feel lik eif i wouldn't have broken my arm, I'd be way better than what I am now. Only adivce I can give is just play and do what these other guys are saying, they must know what they are doing.
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#25
I've been playing for a year next month and I'm completely self taught. The hardest I can play is probably 11th Hour or Laid to Rest by Lamb of God and the first minute or so of No Boundaries.
#26
heres a good exercise try to do trills and rolls for like 30 secs each.... like for 1st and 2nd finger do 30 secs then 1st and 3rd 30 secs and so on.... it helps
#27
Woah, sorry to sound superior but, i am great, i've been playing a year in a month, you guys who say playing with a metronome helps timing (i do play with a metronome sometimes but i have to use online ones) but i can get timing practically 100% with most songs, i'm getting lessons but i dont learn much at those, i learn songs and when i reach a technique i learn that and carry on with the song, i can solo pretty damn well, i can play the mr crowley solo nearly flawlessly with tabs in front of me, i can remember quite a lot of it but not all of it, i practice a lot, i play mainly metal and punk, my friends arent to great and they've nearly been playing 2 years (one of them have been playing for 3 years and he sucks so much that he cant even do the smells like teen spirit solo)
#28
This entire thread is a child's game. All comparing thier little penises with each
other. They want to know how thier little penis stacks against all the other
little penises. For some reason, they must get thier sense of self-worth from
others because they really haven't learned to stand on thier own 2 feet yet.
Many adults have actually never outgrown this either.

I can tell you this: your self worth is determined only by you. No one else. It
doesn't matter a damn what everyone else is doing. All there is is you, the guitar
and the music. You don't need to worry about where everyone else is.

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Woah, sorry to sound superior but, i am great, i've been playing a year in a month, ...


Not only do you not sound superior, but it stands out as being EXTRA foolish from
the great mass of just normally foolish stuff that's posted around here.
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lol my penis is bigger than the threadstarter
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#30
I've played a month and can play 20 or so Rolling Stones songs, 14 Jimi Hendrix songs and a couple of Judas Priest..

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#31
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This entire thread is a child's game. All comparing thier little penises with each
other. They want to know how thier little penis stacks against all the other
little penises. For some reason, they must get thier sense of self-worth from
others because they really haven't learned to stand on thier own 2 feet yet.
Many adults have actually never outgrown this either.

I can tell you this: your self worth is determined only by you. No one else. It
doesn't matter a damn what everyone else is doing. All there is is you, the guitar
and the music. You don't need to worry about where everyone else is.


Not only do you not sound superior, but it stands out as being EXTRA foolish from
the great mass of just normally foolish stuff that's posted around here.

chill out man, I was just trying to get help with my playing.
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Quote by MetalMilitia212
I feel like I'm far bahind where I should be for how long I have been playing (a year this august) I can only do very basic solos, like Smells like Teen Spirit and blues improv. I can play all chords, but I have trouble switching between chords and single notes (such as in Ten Years Gone by Led Zeppelin). Can anyone tell me wether I should be at a higher level or not, and if so, how to get to the level I should be? I practice about 3-5 hours a day, if you include just playing songs.

No just playing songs isnt practise...Playing your favorite rifs or whatever isnt practise its playing...You gotta try new stuff for it to be considered practise.And no your not behind .You learn at your own speed so you are defenately not behind...Just look up alot of new tabs and stuff.If you know alot of chords there are defenately gonna be alot of songs with those chords in them...

To be a the "level you should be" should be when your happy.
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No just playing songs isnt practise...Playing your favorite rifs or whatever isnt practise its playing...You gotta try new stuff for it to be considered practise.

I disagree because i learned a lot of techniques just from tabs of songs i like. Then when I actualyl got my first Learn to Play book or whatever, I was already good enough to do the whole book in one or two days. I think whenever you play is good practice no amtter what it is.

And to the threadstarter, a year in I was exactly where you are...competent but still a little "eh". Keep at it and you can be a lot "eh!!"

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still got a bigger penis then the threadstarter
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#35
^ Shut up moron!! Anyway, I've been playing nearly as long as the threadstarter (actually, the month is the same, but anyway) and I just **** around on my guitars lol. Chords and that I knew the theory behind, and time came naturally to me (thatnks to 6 years of Trombone before I bought the guitar). Now I just write my own stuff, the solo's aren't great, and it's mostly Pentatonics, but it sounds cool and I gain technique from it (and my guitar teacher, he teaches me something, and I incorperate it into what I write). That's how I learn, may not work for you. Just do what feels natural to you and you'll succeed. My guitar playing friends think I'm good for how long I've been playing (they've been at it for a few years now, and I can keep up most of the time, so I'm happy)
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#36
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still got a bigger penis then the threadstarter


haha lmao

sorry i just got a kick out of that for some reason


but seriously, ive been playing for almost 2 years and i was at the same place a year ago that ur at now. dont worry about how fast youre learning stuff.. some people are naturals and pick up the same stuff u know within a month, and some people pick it up in 2 years. I think you should be practicing exercises and theory, and likewise getting lessons, it seems its the techniques youre struggling with, not the actual songs

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#37
can u tremelo yet? thats always fun to mess around with when you can't think of anythign else to do. But also, how much would a metronome cost if i decided to buy one.
#38
Oh, and also, play parts of songs that you like. If you play songs that you like a lot, you be more inclined to keep playing songs like that and most songs have different beats/chorus/solos etc thruout the songs. Even if you only learn parts of the song, you'll find that later one you'll wanna go back and finish what you've learned. and like what everyone else said, don't compare to anybody, some people are better at certain things, while you may be better at other things than them . good luck
#39
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I disagree because i learned a lot of techniques just from tabs of songs i like. Then when I actualyl got my first Learn to Play book or whatever, I was already good enough to do the whole book in one or two days. I think whenever you play is good practice no amtter what it is.

And to the threadstarter, a year in I was exactly where you are...competent but still a little "eh". Keep at it and you can be a lot "eh!!"

Thanks UG!!!!!!!

I dont know why I said playing songs isnt practise...That is but really though if you play sonthing that you could play in your sleep probally and play it all the time what good is that doing?
#40
how do you apply scales to soloing?.......other than the "whole-whole-half-whole-whole-whole-half" thing?

and to the threadstarter, I'm about 3-4 months shy of a year, and I'm on the same level of skill xept the chords are easier to me (not to sound like an elitist prick). I just learned the really major chords and switched between the ones that have similar finger positioning while I played (ex: switching from C to Em) and went on from there.

and also I think that a really good way to practice with songs you know is to switch between songs in the middle of playing but to make it flow (this works really easily if the songs use powerchords). I think it would really help you to switch songs that have completely different tempos and try to keep it up and again, make it flow

by the way, how does a metronome work and how much does one cost??
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