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I took lessons when I was 18 years old for about six months. I am now 36 and have been taking lessons again for about four months for the first time since I was 18. I was surprised at how much I actually still knew and how much came back to me. My knowledge is limited and basic.

I feel like I am in a rut. I picked up some basic stuff really fast. I can alternate pick, I am playing scales everyday, I am practicing barre chords and open chords daily, working on a couple of tabs I downloaded, finger exercises and power chords. But, I don't feel like I have gotten better at all in maybe the last two months.

What does a person need to do to take that next step? I have a metronome, set up a practice studio in a spare room and play with the electric guitar and amp. I even bought a music stand to place my lessons directly in front of my face on the advice of a friend.

How should I go about getting better and learning to play? Sometimes I feel my guitar teacher is not helping me. We go in and he shows me some power chords and we work on some tab on various songs. I almost feel I could do that by myself at home. At least I think I could because I already have a pretty good understanding of how the guitar works and how it is to be played. My brother is a player as well, so I always have him to lean on for advice.

I guess I'm just looking for some encouragement on what direction I should take and what will help me be a better player. I would be happy to settle for being good enough to play with friends in the garage. I have no illusions that I am going to be Mark Tremontti or whatever. But if I was, hey, I would take that.
PRS SE Singlecut
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the best way imo is to pick a song that you really like, but that you know sounds hard to play. then slow it down and learn it right through, bit by bit. this way, you're learning a song you want to learn, and you're pushing yourself to learn it. if your guitar teacher won't do that with you, then he isn't a very good teacher. also, be realistic: don't try and learn any dragonforce or something, where you need loads of sweep picking and advanced techniques, choose something hard, but realistic, or you'll just get frustrated.
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thanks for the compliment man!