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One of our greatest living music teachers, Christiann van Hemert, recently published a very interesting (at least to me!) chart that allows you to somewhat objectively characterize your current relative playing level and what it might take to get to the next level in your GJ playing journey. A couple of take-aways that registered with me:
1) it takes A LOT of hours to get good at this stuff. While there a handfuls of guys/gals who appear to become master players quickly, for mere mortals like most of us, it takes many hundreds of hours of practicing to even become a decent jammer let alone a Pro or above. This chart gives me even greater admiration for super skilled players that we see in our jams or in performances and deeper appreciation of all the many, many hours they committed to get that good.
2) A distinguishing hallmark of all better players is the number of tunes they know. IMO, learning tunes by memory (melody, chords, variations, etc.) is easier than mastering other aspects of GJ such as gypsy picking, playing blistering arpeggios, etc. Those of us that commit to learn 1-2 tunes per week can get to a "competent" level in less than a year. Frankly I am a bit surprised that 200 tunes is the upper limit in this chart as most of the really good players that I know can play many hundreds of tunes if not a thousand or more by memory.
This chart focuses on solo playing and not rhythm which is another area where many many hours are needed to develop competence.
Here is a link to Christiann's video further discussing this chart: https://youtu.be/GxaPZO6QOag
BTW, I am really loving his almost daily instructional materials that I receive as a result of my monthly donation to his Patreon site. Highly recommended - check it out!!!