#1
I have recently noticed that i am not really improving at guitar. i just learn songs i want to, but im not getting much better. What can i do, or what do you guys do to improve your skill.
Maybe some websites or something. I cant take lessons for a while because of sports, so i pretty much got to do it on my own.

thanks
#3
Find a song that sounds hard to play, and elarn that. Push yourself to play stuff that sounds too hard for you and you'll improve. Simple is; you get out what you put in.
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#4
Well, since you can't do lessons right now, there are a few things you can do to help yourself. I just started lessons in July of this year, and I think the stuff that he's been having me do has really braught me to a new level in my playing. Here's what I'd do:

1. I use to practice maybe 20 minutes a day, and some days I wouldn't even pick my guitar up. When I first started lessons it was kind of the same thing. I'd just do whatever he told me to work on for maybe an hour through out the entire week. Lately, I've been putting in about 3 hours a day, and I plan on doing some more. You should deffinatly try putting alot of time into your playing if you're looking to really improve.

2. Practice your scales, warm ups ect. with a metronome. I've had mine for a while, but just rescently started using it. After the first few days I seen an improvement in my playing. The important thing is to start slow until you get everything nice and clean at perfect timing, then slowly raise the tempo. Alot of people have told me that practicing with a metronome is very boring, but whenever I use it I wined up using it for about 3 hours without even knowing it.

3. Playing songs that you feel are to difficult helps alot. It may take a while, but if you work at it slowly, you'll eventually get it. Learning songs like that can help you learn alot of different techniques, and it will probably open up new idea's for you when it comes time you're writing your own music.

4. Playing with other musicians. I use to play with friends about a year ago, a drummer, bassist and guitarist. Jamming with anyone will also help you improve, preferably musicians that are better than you are at certain things. When I played with friends alot, it really got my rythem playing alot better. Now I hardly jam with people, but me and my teacher take about 10-15 minutes out of the lesson to jam together. We'll each play the same rythem, then take turns improvising lead. Since I'm putting all my attention towards my lead playing lately, it's really helping. You can also get back tracks, or record yourself playing rythem and improvise your leads over it. This is where the scales and metronome come in handy IMO.

5. Have fun. If you're not having fun practicing or jamming in general, theres really no sense in practicing. I've noticed with alot of people that you don't really advance as much when you're not having a good time. If you want to improve, you're going to need to put time and effort into your playing. Just make sure you're having a good time while doing so.


There are tons of lessons on the internet. You can get all your scales and stuff right here off UG. Also, I've been learning alot of theory, and it's really helping as well. I'd suggest learning a bit, because it's made improvising, and just playing in general, alot easier for me.

Hope this helps.