#1
Have always loved music, played some piano and sax as a kid (go figure cause I am blues/rock guy mostly).

Long story short I am recently divorced. Got my kids half the time, but I'm a bit lost when I dont have them. In an effort to occupy myself with something aside from drinking, gambling and chasing skirts I picked up an acoustic this summer (Julyish).

Been playing alot (I REALLY like drinking, gambling and chasing skirts).

I probably practice 90 minutes a day on average. In 4 months I can play chord based songs quite nicely. Pretty good with bar chords too, although occasionaly they sounds like a wet fart... but getting better.

All self taught.. love everything about it. Love looking through tabs and while I am often frustrated because I want to play more seems like I am doing something each week I couldnt do the week before.

So here's my questions
how long before you picked up and started playing before you could:

really pick good tunes?
play bar chord progressions smoothly?
read tabs and play them reasonably well?
play with other musicians?

And last was there something that really helped you turn a corner early on?

You guys are the best.. If I could throw you all kegger I would

Cheers,
Mike
#2
took me about a year to feel as though i was "good" before that instead of saying "i play guitar" i would say im learning guitar" even though now im still learning
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Have always loved music, played some piano and sax as a kid (go figure cause I am blues/rock guy mostly).

Long story short I am recently divorced. Got my kids half the time, but I'm a bit lost when I dont have them. In an effort to occupy myself with something aside from drinking, gambling and chasing skirts I picked up an acoustic this summer (Julyish).

Been playing alot (I REALLY like drinking, gambling and chasing skirts).

I probably practice 90 minutes a day on average. In 4 months I can play chord based songs quite nicely. Pretty good with bar chords too, although occasionaly they sounds like a wet fart... but getting better.

All self taught.. love everything about it. Love looking through tabs and while I am often frustrated because I want to play more seems like I am doing something each week I couldnt do the week before.

So here's my questions
how long before you picked up and started playing before you could:

really pick good tunes?
play bar chord progressions smoothly?
read tabs and play them reasonably well?
play with other musicians?

And last was there something that really helped you turn a corner early on?

You guys are the best.. If I could throw you all kegger I would

Cheers,
Mike



Sorry to hear about the split. Good luck to you. It is good to hear that you can rechannel that energy towards guitar. A very positive thing.

really pick good tunes? 2 years into my playing I was comfortable with my alternate picking due to practicing scales with a metronome.

play bar chord progressions smoothly? 6 months I was able to play major and minor bar chords.

read tabs and play them reasonably well? The first tab I focused on was Hey Joe (simple) and about a year into my playing I was able to play purple haze and voodo chile reasonably well.

play with other musicians? I was playing in a blues band after I learned my pentatonic scales. That was a year into my playing.
#4
Might I suggest something? Perhaps you should start learning a bit of music theory, for a few reasons: not only will you gain a better understanding of the way music functions, subsequently developing more confidence in your playing, but learning it offers various exercises (arpeggios, scales, changes in chord progressions and voicings) that will help you tremendously in your technical endeavours, and it's just really interesting stuff to learn about. I think it is better to learn it while still new to the guitar so you don't get a feeling of "back tracking" that you may experience by putting it off to a later time and not having as much patience for it on the guitar. Taking lessons from a good teacher KNOWLEDGABLE OF GUITAR PEDAGOGY (as opposed to some bloke who just happens to play well and gets hired at a local music shop) help, too, if affordable.
#5
good stuff guys... funny, Hey Joe remains one of my all time favorite tunes. The Hendrix version still raises my hackles but Zep played a killer live version as well, and yea... its one of my favorite

Paquijón ... also good advice. Just today I was reading about playing in keys and how scales follow etc.
One little advantage is having some experience on piano I can read music, understand terminology, scales, etc..

Many thanks guys.
#6
It was about 6 months before the guitar stopped feeling like a big stupid piece of wood and actualyl began to feel like it was "supposed" to be there. As far as feeling halfway competent with the thing goes that took a couple of years.
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#7
everyone learns at different rates and in different ways. Some people learn very slowly until they hit a kind of "critical mass" and then take off. Others learn faster at the beginning.

For me, it was a while before I attempted whole songs, I don't remember precisely. I remember at around 6 months, I was tackling trickier rhythm stuff (for ex, Iron Maiden's phantom of the opera - not the whole song, just the intro, and the main triplet based rhythm). Lead-wise, at about the same time, I was coming up with lead runs and phrases and fragments, but not whole solos. I remember being at about a yr and 3 months, when I wrote most of a song and could play it...it was about 2 mins long. I'd probably be pretty embarrassed if I listened to it now.