" um, also, seeing your other post about guitar advice, some of the best advice I have for improving your guitar playing rapidly (making sure you’re getting all the best knowledge and technique training, and knowing the most effective ways to practice) is this: buy a cheap recording set up, something with midi drums preferably, and find a way to get at least a decent sound. Nothing exposes your playing flaws, rhythmic imperfections, etc. quite like recording yourself, which gives you a much better idea of what needs improvement in your playing. (especially if you know a producer, or a guitarist who’s recorded professionally. They can point out the flaws you can’t hear yet, esp. if you’re a beginner/intermediate player. They’ll show you what to listen for to differentiate good and bad guitar recordings.) You can even zoom in and see where your notes line up rhythmically with the notes of the drums. This is handy because by zooming in to see how it lines up, playing it back and listening to how different it sounds to play a note/chord just before, just after, and perfectly in time with the drums, you can improve your ear to the point you’ll hear where the guitarists in major label recordings are milliseconds ahead of or behind the drum hits when their not dead on. (trust me, if you’re not there yet, you CAN hear it, and it gets trippy). When you can hear when you’re perfectly in time, then you can play perfectly in time, which is a priceless skill to have.
Recording yourself can also help you with song-writing(actually hearing what you have written when you’re not playing it, and being able to share a recording with friends who know what they’re talking about for feedback will get you better 100x faster than jamming on different riffs for hours, then trying to string them together haphazardly). It can ALSO help with improvising if that’s your thing, record some chords for a backing track and record an improvisation! Then you can go back and analyze it to see what might have been cooler, and try to do better the next time. Much better than playing to youtube backing tracks all day and not knowing what would make what you played sound better)
ALSO, you can improve speed by writing a song at a tempo slightly faster than you can play well, then keep recording each section at that fast tempo until you can nail it. Wash, rinse, repeat. It’s kind of a forced growth, but if you have proper technique, you can get really fast, well, really fast.
The second best thing you can do is start playing with other people as soon as you can. Even if it sucks at first, it forces you to grow quickly when you have to play with another person, and play it right the first time.
Hopefully this isn’t too long of a read.. I really hope someone gets something out of this!
All the best, grab-the-reins “
More excellent tips on how to improve your playing courtesy of @grab-the-reins here!