#1
So i've been playing for two years now. I'm mostly learning Iron maiden and Judas priest. My family keeps asking me to play something but i don't know any full songs, and I felt really discouraged. I mean i can do 3-4 string sweeps pretty well, i improvise a lot from what i have learned from these two bands, and becoming a legato user. I tell them that I'm working hard, because when i started playing. I got the basics down, and jumped straight into Maiden and now priest also. I could play easier songs, but i love to practice and practice harder stuff so i can play and improvise better in the future. Is this ok for 2 years? or should i push more...! thanks
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#2
i got the same problem

just play what you want so you can actually enjoy playing guitar
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try some scales and dont just switch to iron maiden, try something like metallica...
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#4
Make your own song and show it to your family, they'll be more impressed when they ask who its by, and you say you made it yourself :P
#5
well you should jus nail an easier song like "breaking the law" and play ir for them you seemed to havethe kind of family who supports music so just plan easy song for them maybe sweet child of mine so they can see you made some progress and can pull of a compleat song this will also encourge you to play a littel bit more and you will enjoy it too! this is the main reasone of bying any musical instrument to have fun and rock and roll a bit
#6
I know what you mean aswell. I think as myself as a alright guitarist with alot to learn but I was playing Floyds wish you were here and everyone was asking me to play greenday so I played brain stew but afterwords they kept asking me to play alot of pop punk/pop rock music and they didint think I knew how to play guitar... It makes me angered that just because you dont know a song people may look at you like you dont know how to play when you can tare it up with your own stuff from what TS said he seems like he knows his way around the guitar and thats not good enough.

So yes its good for 2 years.
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well i thinks thats good u dont need to learn millians of songs when ur in a concert perfoming ur own stuff the audiance wouldnt judge u on the amount of covers u can do but more on actully ur own songs
#8
Playing other people's songs is the easy part of playing guitar.

Being able to improvise and compose is slightly harder. I'd say you're doing alright


Also, don't be discouraged. Non-musical people will always rate your ability on how well you can play random popular songs by request. But just bare in mind that they don't really understand what goes in to playing the instrument, so their judgement is void
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#9
I'd say you learn some solos and riffs, not necessarily whole songs. If someone asks you to play something just pull out a solo.

Keep at what you are learning now because you can get songs down easier than expected just as long as you consistantly practice.
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Buckcherry - Lit Up, is a fun song to learn. Not too hard, and it has three increasingly difficult solos, so it's a good one to work up to. If your messing around with Maiden this should be easy. Have fun with it.
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Thanks guys, the reason I'm not learning whole songs is because i like to take the harder parts and learn from that. I mean i could just play whatever in front of them, some scales and turn it into some fast solo's but you know...I've been working to learn Alexander the great and Caught somewhere in time and by priest I've been trying to learn one shot of glory. I'm also trying to learn basic finger picking before my school starts. Thanks for your answer guys!
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Learning other people's material is a valuable exercise, and after all, the whole point of playing the guitar is to play songs. Exercises are just a means to an end, not the goal.
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#15
I agree as soon as i got my guitar home after a few months of having it at uni my brother was like play some pink floyd, play some cky..... im like i dont know them. And he just assumes that i cant play because i dont know songs, but im actually getting quite good at chord changes and improvising in scales (im mainly learning Am pentatonic) I enjoy playing and learning new little things so i aint too bothered about what they want me to learn. My brother is getting a guitar soon (says its nothing to do with me getting one lol) so i hope he then realizes that learning a whole song can actually be very boring and its much more fun to learn how to play and make up your own tunes.
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Playing other people's songs is the easy part of playing guitar.

Being able to improvise and compose is slightly harder. I'd say you're doing alright


Also, don't be discouraged. Non-musical people will always rate your ability on how well you can play random popular songs by request. But just bare in mind that they don't really understand what goes in to playing the instrument, so their judgement is void

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#17
personally, I think its a good idea to learn whole songs....first, because when you do join a band, youre expected to play songs perfectly for however long it is. So if youre not used to playin 6 minutes straight without making a mistake, then you may have trouble. I agree, Lit up by Buckcherry is a good idea. I also think you should be able to play some songs for people, maybe even sing some (doesnt have to be good), to entertain people around you...its fun.
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i got the same problem

just play what you want so you can actually enjoy playing guitar


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There's not really a reason to learn an entire song unless you're playing with a whole band. Just learn what you want and be happy.

I honestly can only play a few songs all the way through, but I can play hundreds on bass. I don't know why it's so different but it is.
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#19
Have you tried playing over a backing track of yours favorite songs? That hell of a fun. Even more when you're recording it and later listen it.
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#20
Do what makes you happy, end of thread. What makes me happy is learning full songs and playing them in front of people. But if what makes you happy is practicing difficult **** and improv, then by all means, do it.
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