2021 Guitar Goals: Where are you at?

AGA

PhD in GunsN'Roseology
Nov 11, 2019
635
1,275
Hi guitar fam!
Earlier this year someone posted a thread asking what goals we wanted to achieve with guitar this year.
I was thinking it would be cool to see where everyone is at, what you've learned and what has changed in the last 5-6 months.
This is just meant to inspire each other and give ourselves a boost of energy to keep pursuing our goals.
If you feel behind in your goals, be kind to yourself and use this as an opportunity to re-calibrate.

I wrote 2 goals: Release music and build a set list.
I've been working very hard at these goals, both are coming along quite nicely. :)
I finished a song I'm really pumped about earlier this year and I plan to release it in the next couple of months.
My set list is quite short right now, but it's coming!
My plan is working on 2 songs at a time, 1 cover and 1 original.

What are your current guitar goals?
 

Iris

Campfire Attention Holder
Legend
  • Oct 14, 2020
    153
    584
    37
    Everett, Washington
    1
    My goal was to learn Crimson Day. I haven't progressed much. Still on the intro to chorus at 45 bpm. But, since I can't ever focus on one song at a time, I've made a lot of progress on Rumble. So I guess my new goal is to learn tremolo picking. That's really the only thing holding me up on that song. Well, that and slides using multiple strings. I've never been a goal person because if I don't reach those goals I feel like a failure. If I don't set goals, then I can't disappoint myself.
     

    redlipsofdeceit

    Campfire Attention Holder
  • Oct 21, 2020
    437
    1,465
    Brazil
    www.instagram.com
    0
    Well, I set a goal to buy my first guitar and I did. I also said that, until the end of the year, I wanted to be able to play an entire song. Well, let's say I learned how to play two (easy ones), not perfectly, but I am really proud, because I've only been playing for 4 months.
    After seeing all of my progress and some people telling me that I got better really fast, this made me wanna set more goals. I decided that I would try and sing while playing, and I was finally able to do both things at the same time!
    Now, my next goal is to record something with some friends that play other instruments (not bass tho, 'cause who the fuck even cares about bass, am I right @Radu-Cristian Perde?).
    Anyways, I'm very happy about my progress and I only have this school and community to thank for! 💜
     

    Millie Imber

    Campfire Attention Holder
    Staff member
  • Nov 11, 2019
    153
    880
    17
    UK
    7
    Well, my main focus was to learn the fretboard and have a better knowledge of scales, and while I haven't come along as far as I was hoping to by now, I have made at least a little progress and I'm trying to get back on track! Saying that, I have been spending more time working on my fretting hand technique too and I've seen improvement there too, so that definitely counts for something as well 🤘 💀 🤘
     
    Synner Endless Summer Collection

    Millie Imber

    Campfire Attention Holder
    Staff member
  • Nov 11, 2019
    153
    880
    17
    UK
    7
    I should probably set another goal: using a metronome. I've tried, but I couldn't do it, and I really think it's easier for me without it, but I know I'm wrong. 😅
    Oh man, I feel you there! I always told myself the same thing, and I'm still a bit guilty of it now! The way I see it and what I tell myself when I'm like "Eh, don't need this", is that it's a good way to measure progress with seeing the tempo difference 🤘 💀 🤘
     

    ari.mac

    Local Dive Bar Favorite
    Legend
  • Jul 16, 2020
    555
    2,081
    Italy
    0
    So my goals were: playing an a7x or linkin park song, getting better at rhythm, getting better at legato, learning the fretboard and learn some solos and writing some of my own.

    Well....I learned some solos and got better at rhythm and legato (even tho my legato still sucks in general 😂😂😂).
    I think I'll achive the a7x or lp song soon, I have some songs in mind!!
    Still don't know well the fretboard, so gotta work on this.
    As you see I didn't achieve everything but I'm pretty happy with where I've come so far 😁💜💜
     

    Gemma G.S.

    Local Dive Bar Favorite
    Legend
  • Nov 11, 2019
    202
    742
    30
    Northern California
    1
    I THINK my goal was to get more familiar with the fretboard, and... I'm doing okay at that, I've finally progressed into the CAGED system area of the lessons, so that's helping me along.

    I think the other one was learning the Afterlife riff, which... that's absolutely nowhere close LOL. But I'll get there. I think that maybe something like learning ALL of Shepherd of Fire sounds more manageable. :giggle:
     

    chris_is_cool

    Hot Topic Tourer
    Apr 18, 2020
    121
    1
    553
    34
    Cologne, Germany
    0
    For Improvisation:
    - Improve my sense of "spontaneous melody", i.e. coming up with good melodic ideas on the spot.
    - Directly linked with the last point, work on learning stuff by ear.
    - Also strongly related, my fretboard knowledge is already somewhat "good" in the sense, that I can easily translate a scale formula (like 1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7 for minor) onto the fretboard, and I know the notes of the fretboard somewhat well (could be quicker). BUT I really want to deepen my fretboard knowledge to the level, where I can translate melodies from my head to my fretboard with just as little effort as I can sing them, without accidentally hitting non-intended notes in between.
    - Of course, work on my feel and phrasing (always super important).

    As for techniques:
    Obviously I want to improve on all of them, alternate picking, legato, tapping, sweeping, you name it. My sweeping is terrible at the moment, so of course economy picking is awful as well. Also get a little bit closer to shredding speeds.
    This was my post in the other thread, on the 1st of february. Here is where I stand right now, 4 months later:

    Technique: I certainly made progress in my technique. But I also have to say: i have had zero motivation lately to drill technique exercises. Absolutely none. If I can motivate myself to do 10 or 15 minutes a day of pentatonic sequences for alternate picking and legato, that is already enough. I'm at a place right now, where I am more willing to just let my technique develop "naturally", by learning and playing songs.

    Improvisation: Well, my goals were super vague in the first place, but overall I'm happy with my progress. I think my melodic thinking/feeling has definitely improved, and my phrasing is going in the right direction.
    I feel like right now I'm in kind of a "post-theory" mood. I mean, I try to actively forget about scales/modes and chord theory, and just think about what notes I wanna play/hear, every note is "allowed" at all times. Of course playing like that is also kind of intervallic ear training, and post-playing analysis is still lots of fun, so I'm not saying that I don't like theory anymore.

    In short: happy about progress in some areas, just not motivated in other areas.
     

    Christian Schulze

    Hot Topic Tourer
    Legend
    Nov 11, 2019
    511
    1,787
    26
    Spain
    4
    In my case I wanted to learn the fretboard more. And I must say I have been better at it.

    Also wanted to deepen my knowledge of theory which is coming along nicely..slowly but nicely.


    I played my first metal solo with some shredding, bought a new guitar and I will share soon a comparison of my old playing with my new playing!

    Thank you for the reminder!
     
    Synner Endless Summer Collection

    Radu-Cristian Perde

    Hot Topic Tourer
    Staff member
    Legend
  • Nov 11, 2019
    746
    1,963
    Montreal
    8
    Well, I set a goal to buy my first guitar and I did. I also said that, until the end of the year, I wanted to be able to play an entire song. Well, let's say I learned how to play two (easy ones), not perfectly, but I am really proud, because I've only been playing for 4 months.
    After seeing all of my progress and some people telling me that I got better really fast, this made me wanna set more goals. I decided that I would try and sing while playing, and I was finally able to do both things at the same time!
    Now, my next goal is to record something with some friends that play other instruments (not bass tho, 'cause who the fuck even cares about bass, am I right @Radu-Cristian Perde?).
    Anyways, I'm very happy about my progress and I only have this school and community to thank for! 💜
    Bass is too complex and amazing for you to even comprehend it anyways.
     

    Calvin Phillips

    Music Theory Bragger
    Nov 11, 2019
    2,344
    1,536
    Waiting for the right month to purchase a keyboard.

    Music is coming along nicely. I seem to contain 7 monthly listeners the past few months so someone is listening. My next release is what I feel is a good mix (even if the vocals are still apartment and not full out yet but with lockdowns ending here soon we should be better there). If you don't agree with me just simply let me know what you can't hear.

    All i wanna see tho is people getting back to nor.al which will probably never happen. Especially for a person like me who doesn't plan to get the shot until they make me. I feel there will always be a driver between those 2 groups for now on.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: Aquamandy

    AGA

    PhD in GunsN'Roseology
    Nov 11, 2019
    635
    1,275
    In my case I wanted to learn the fretboard more. And I must say I have been better at it.

    Also wanted to deepen my knowledge of theory which is coming along nicely..slowly but nicely.


    I played my first metal solo with some shredding, bought a new guitar and I will share soon a comparison of my old playing with my new playing!

    Thank you for the reminder!
    That's awesome brother! Can't wait to hear the comparison! :D
     
    • Love
    Reactions: Christian Schulze
    Synner Endless Summer Collection

    AGA

    PhD in GunsN'Roseology
    Nov 11, 2019
    635
    1,275
    I want to start/join a new band by the end of the year. I don’t really have any specific goals on technique, but have been really intentional about working with a metronome and recording my progress. Just doing that has been really motivating because I see noticeable improvement pretty much every week.
    Awesome! I hope you find the right people to form a band with, cause it's such a fun experience! :)