#1
I feel like I've been in the same range of playing for a few months. I've been playing about a year but suddenly I just feel like my learning has come to a stand-still. I play at least an hour per day, usually 2+. My guitar teacher is teaching me far more theory than technique, but I don't see the point of knowing theory when I can't play very well. So my idea: learn a ridiculously hard song. I figure if I take all my time and learn such a song it would greatly improve my playing and give me more inspiration to keep playing. And honestly, at this point, I don't care about memorizing every chord tone in every single chord. I don't care about the circle of fifths. I would never want to be able to write music and not play it. Song in mind: Cacophony - Images I know it seems crazy but I think I could get it with like 3 hours per day for a few months... and emerge a MUCH better player. Then my days of pentatonic wankery will be gone. Discuss: good idea or bad?
#2
I would say this is a pretty good idea. I wish there was a song hard enough that I couldn't learn it in a few days or just take what I can from it. Your in a good place. Talk to your teacher about the theory, tell him you wanna rip!
#3
Dude, almost everyone goes through this phase, i just got out of my rut, so heres what you do:
Start listening to different music genres, than what you would normally listen too, For example, i listen to mostly punk, but idownloaded a few joe satriani songs, and loved it.
Try learning some new techniques, even if you suck at them, if you do it enough you will get the hang of it.
My two cents
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#4
Theory is going to come in real handy! If you learn it now you WILL shred better in the future.
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#5
Okay, I played cello for like 8 years in school, I had free formal training. I learned to read music, apply theory to pieces, feel rythem, and play in a group.

I've played guitar for aroud 2 years and I was a much better chellist at the point than I am a guitarist now (as far as things go classically I'm still probably a better cellist than guitarist.)

My point being, if you want to play guitar, and want to do well, stick with instruction. You'll appriciate*sp? it later
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I would say this is a pretty good idea. I wish there was a song hard enough that I couldn't learn it in a few days or just take what I can from it. Your in a good place. Talk to your teacher about the theory, tell him you wanna rip!

Looks like you are at the level I want to be at

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Dude, almost everyone goes through this phase, i just got out of my rut, so heres what you do:
Start listening to different music genres, than what you would normally listen too, For example, i listen to mostly punk, but idownloaded a few joe satriani songs, and loved it.
Try learning some new techniques, even if you suck at them, if you do it enough you will get the hang of it.
My two cents

I wasn't considering quitting, and I figured I would need to learn a few techniques to play the masterpiece I'm going to attempt Also my music taste is constantly expanding...

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Theory is going to come in real handy! If you learn it now you WILL shred better in the future.

At least if I could shred without knowing theory I could play other peoples music... It's not like I'm going to forget about learning theory and just see how fast I could move my fingers.

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#7
Tell your teacher to teach you songs and what not. Emphasise the point you just want to jam, not become the Beethoven of guitar.
#8
i dunno man, all the things that everyone is sayin is something i definately agree with, but like, it comes down to what you wanna actually learn... like, me personally, i play metal, anything metal, so i do a lot of speed picking and pinch harmonics and inverted power chords, tri-chords, sweep picking, etc, etc... and a lot of it is just learning the basic gist of how to do it and practicing the hell out of it. you'll get better, trust me....
i know what you mean about the whole stuck in a rut thing, i was in one for like, 2 months and JUST came out of it because i listened to a few old metallica tunes and it gave me soem new ideas
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#9
Yeah, learn some of Joe Satriani's stuff.

He has great techniqes etc.

I say, learn always with me, always with you. It has two hand tapping, and legato bursts. It's a fun song and isn't too hard.

Satriani's style is very hard, and he uses tons of theory in his music. Your teacher should enjoy it as well.