How many years could it take to become a good guitarist?

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i started playing guitar 3 months ago and i think its time for me to become better, i had my first guitar in 2003, but i barely played many years could it take me to become a decent-PRO guitarist? im into nirvana,soad....





  1. It's all in how much you practice.  I know a guy who had only been playing for a few months.  He downloaded and learned guitar tabs to the songs he liked. Led Zeppelin and King Crimson to name a few.  He was playing them in a matter of weeks. The more he played them, the better he got.  He wasn't perfect by any means, but he was hitting the notes when and where he needed to.

  2. It depends. Firstly, Nirvana is a good band, but you mustn't spend all the time with it...explore other genres as well:

    heavy metal (Megadeth, Iced Earth, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest...)

    blues (Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Albert King, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan)

    progressive (Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Queen, ELP, Rush, Queensryche)

    classic rock (The Who, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Aerosmith)

    classical (Tchaikowsky, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach)

    R&B/soul (Ray Charles, James Brown, Aretha Franklin...)

    and so on...this will help your sense of melody and harmony...and rhythm - simply you will have more and better ideas.

    Then, about the actual playing...learn the following:

    Theoretical part:

    1, read music notation...I mean REAL notation, not tabs, they're useless bullshit

    2, learn theory - scales, chords, progressions, intervals

    This will help you UNDERSTAND what you're doing, which is essential whether you do or don't have a teacher, but especially if the latter is true.

    ///so that you's an example what it would look like without this knowledge: you have a huge fat belly and want to get rid of it...the type of excercise you decide to use is press-up, which is not much useful for belly and you'll do it for months with no result - caused by not knowing that sit-up is much better for training belly muscles/// - a similar equivalent WILL happen if you don't learn to read music and the basic theory

    Practical part:

    1, learn to improvise solos

    2, work on your technical abilities - there are tons of excercises

    3, work on your tone - ie. vibrato

    4, work on you rhythm

    ...and chords of course if you don't know them yet


    Practise every day...30mins are enough, but DAILY. You'll be able to play Nirvana stuff in a few months and in about 3-5 years you can become a world-class guitarist.

    Guitarist to look up to:

    Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Yngwie Malmsteen, Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot, Ozzy), Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Zakk Wylde (Ozzy), Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck....the list goes on and on and's Heaven and h**l:D

    And one more thing - it's advisable to get a teacher and go through 10-15 lesson so that he helps you with the basics

    It's a long journey, but it's worth it. Good luck.

  3. it could take anywhere from 6 Months to 3 years... but in that time you have to LEARN. LEARN. LEARN. All the chords  are a necessity to learn... and try not to drift away from learning

  4. To become a decent guitar player, practice every day and take it seriously.

    A 20 to 30 min. practice is all that is needed but on a daily base. If you do that, in 6 months, you will see a major difference.

    Also , practice fingering technique ONE FINGER=ONE FRET.

    Practice on the first fret with fingers 1-2-3-4. Do this on each string and then go backward  4-3-2-1

    All this has to be done with an alternate - picking technique. No exception. This will improve your speed in 15 days. Try it and give me feedback.

  5. The one thing that would assist you in advancing on the guitar quicker than anything else is to learn to read music and then apply that knowledge to all sorts of music genre.

    Some of the songs that can pave the way for you--other than the Nirvana tunes--are "Malaguena," "The Breeze and I," "Moonlight in Vermont," and "The House of the Rising Sun."

    There are many more, but if you stretch yourself into different moods and genre you'll be surprised at how well you'll start to play. Don't stick to just one genre of music.

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