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So I've been playing guitar for about a year and a half, teaching myself. I played piano and took lessons for 8 years, so I know there's more to music than just memorizing chords. SO NS, my question is where to go with guitar. I really wanna get into theory/improv/soloing/pentatonics etc. WHERE DO I START? I know all chords barre and open, and understand the basics of how a guitar neck is laid out musically. Also I have been learning a few basic scales, but can anyone give me a nudge in the right direction to kick start my next couple challenges.
I have been learning more "intense" songs IE little wing, yellow ledbetter, pride and joy etc.
Let the games begin
Take it easy
Got to allguitarchords.com, it goes into detail about scales, chord progressions, etc. I learned a lot from it.
Writing your own stuff is a really good way to get better. You'll form your own style, and what may suck at first could be really good in a year or two. Learn your various scales and learn your voicings because although you say you know all the chords I can assure you that you don't there are so many different voicings of chords so learn new ones always. But most importantly is write your own stuff and definitely start jamming with a guitarist who is better than you, they will challenge you to play better whether you know it or not. Also mess around with songs in new time signatures, there is a lot of fun to be had with time.
Check out guitar cardio for learning scales, its real quick and leads to some quick learning
I feel like I kind of took the classic 5th grader route when I started, and I just learned parts of my favorite songs. I think it kind of fucked me up now, because I'm just now beginning to understand some of the music theory portion of it, but I always feel lost. But I mean just learning songs I like didn't do me too wrong, definitely gave me a lot of options of types of music to play.
When it comes to soloing or scales, listen to songs you like, or songs you're trying to learn (pride and joy is a great example, relatively basic structure), and determine what scales are being used in the solos and licks. Then practice those scales, applying two very important rules: 1) Practice the scale across the entire neck of the guitar, starting from anywhere the root note of the scale is; and, 2) Vary the amount of strings you practice a whole scale on (i.e. 1 string max, 2 sting max), in addition to practicing standard scale shapes. Get comfortable with being forced to move up the guitar instead of just across the strings - it will help to solidify in your mind where individual notes are on the guitar
Scales are always big with any instrument.
Not only do you learn your way around the guitar, but also learn how to play in different keys.
Another good thing is find somebody else that plays the guitar and jam. If you're both new maybe learn a song and try and play it together. Jamming is a good way to have fun, and randomly pick up this or that. I've always felt more free to try new things in that environment.
Also if you ever want to solo and stuff, scales are pretty derrnn helpful there
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