Originally Posted by Swirly
Nah i dont know how to read music. I barely know all the notes on the fretboard as i for some reason had a hard time finding a method that worked without me forgeting them or getting impatient, does this matter, or can i still learn to read music ?
That's two things you need to work on IMO, and they interconnect so learning one supports the other. It's never too late to learn something. And it's never too early to learn something.
First, we start with C major. You probably know the notes of C major. Figure out a way to write them on staff paper, and find the pitches on your guitar.
Borrowing again Mick Goodrick's Unitar method, it's simple but very effective. Play C major scale on one string at the time.
Once you get it going on one string, explore the same scale on the next string. When you have all the strings covered fluently, start combining. First, improvise on the scale on two strings at the time, all over the neck. Then three etc... in a relatively short amount of time, you'll notice you're flying all over the neck! Also play the scale in all positions.
It is important that when you find the C maj notes on the neck, you listen of course (!), but also know what notes you are playing.
Don't expect this to unfold in one afternoon. Take your time, do a good job and the reward shall be yours!
It's important to find a good teacher. I think a good teacher is one who works with you, at your pace, at the stuff you need to work on. I've wasted so much time and money with "respected teachers" who only "showed their stuff", ie. poured advanced concepts on me week after week, without being too much concerned if I could keep up with the pace. The net result: I guess I picked up something, but mostly I ended up feeling overwhelmed, inadequate and uninspired. You know, "no way in hell am I ever going to get all this sheite together!"...