Learning Guitar involves Songs, Technical Work, Theory, Reading, Ear Training and Improvisation. This is true for most instruments and is required to develop holistically.
You could have different goals than learning all aspects, or you could be at different stages of development in these areas. But, for the most part, this is what is involved and required to learn an instrument. These areas can also be brought into balance for more experienced players to become more well-rounded as a musician.
Everything that needs to be learned to be considered "proficient" has been grouped into eight Grades.
Grades 1&2 is the Beginner stage, Grades 3 to 5 - Intermediate and Grades 6 to 8 - Advanced.
This is a structured and prudent way to ensure maximal development. It also gives you a clear idea of where you are in your development.
You can either follow the guidelines of the Grades informally, or you can be formally examined to earn an internationally recognised qualification.
The course of action depends entirely on your own goals and following the Grades are certainly not the only course of action. With planning, your learning can be tailored to achieve exactly what you want. Setting and discussing your goals are encouraged and ensure you get what you hope for from your learning experience.
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