#1
I've been playing for almost a year now, just playing tabs. I haven't had any classes nor a teacher. (too expensive)

What should I learn first, scales or theory? And how should I go at learning this? Also, is it better to just learn songs or do finger excersizes and what not?

to give you an indication, I can play everything of Metallica's fade to black except the last solo, as well as Angels don't kill by Children of bodom and The Phantom of the opera by Nightwish. Pretty diverse taste in music eh? All of these songs are considered pretty beginner though.

Thanks in advance!
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#2
to understand scales better you need a lite theory first...
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Quote by Mark G
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to give you an indication, I can play everything of Metallica's fade to black except the last solo, as well as Angels don't kill by Children of bodom and The Phantom of the opera by Nightwish. Pretty diverse taste in music eh?


diverse? ummm
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Quote by Mark G
I've been playing for almost a year now, just playing tabs. I haven't had any classes nor a teacher. (too expensive)

What should I learn first, scales or theory? And how should I go at learning this? Also, is it better to just learn songs or do finger excersizes and what not?

to give you an indication, I can play everything of Metallica's fade to black except the last solo, as well as Angels don't kill by Children of bodom and The Phantom of the opera by Nightwish. Pretty diverse taste in music eh? All of these songs are considered pretty beginner though.

Thanks in advance!

I wouldn't say as diverse as Little Wing and Redneck...
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#5
listen to a lot of music, learn licks from your favorites, study there styles, and then make your own style.

you can take lessons and learn the scales and the chords etc just as i have. but what i have realized in the end, is that it all comes down to listening to other people and copying them.
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#6
Learn whatever keeps you interested in progressing. If you desire to learn entire songs by tabs and move on song to song that's fine.

Eventually, your ears will develop well enough to indicate which notes sound correct no matter where you are on the neck.

Lessons are ok if you have a great teacher. There are too many bad instructors out there.
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Quote by Siciliano
Learn whatever keeps you interested in progressing. If you desire to learn entire songs by tabs and move on song to song that's fine.

Eventually, your ears will develop well enough to indicate which notes sound correct no matter where you are on the neck.

Lessons are ok if you have a great teacher. There are too many bad instructors out there.


Agreed, lots of bad teachers out there. I have never personally taken lessons, but there is this guy that goes to my school. He has been playing about 3 years and is already instructing a kid. Everyone I know said he sucks. So I have no idea how that kid will ever get decent with a crappy instructor.