Whats the best way to progress?

United States
January 13, 2007 11:39pm CST
I've been playing for about six months and i'm still not very good, but i've hit a rut in my progress. I've heard people say i need to just focus on the basics, like scales and theory, but that is pretty boring. Anybody have any suggestions?
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@peterw24 (318)
• Australia
14 Jan 07
Heres a few tips that might help - Play with a metronome - should help you get good timing when you play - Play along with new songs - play a song on your computer and find the tab, even if its a bit tricky or nearly impossible, just have a go and try your hardest at it. ^When I first started I attempted some songs (learnt all the notes, but didn't have great technique), and then a few months down the track after more practise, etc, I came back to the song, and could play it well. - Play with other people - Playing in a band or just jamming with friends can really boost your playing. Not only will you find it more enjoyable, but you can also pick up things your friends may have learned, and you can teach them also. - Scales aren't fun, either is Theory! - Its good to know the scales and basic theory etc, but whats the use of knowing this and that if you can't play your favourite songs well? Like I have said above, play a range of new songs, and practise new or familiar techniques (hammer ons, pull offs, slides, tapping). Just play what you enjoy and have fun - As long as you're enjoying yourself but also trying to learn new material (not scales, songs) then you should make good progress. GOOD LUCK!
• United States
14 Jan 07
thanks, those are some good ideas. ill try those