All I can say is it takes time and practice. A lot depends on whether you are a natural when it comes to playing the instrument. For myself, It has been a life long journey and I still suck, but I play for my own enjoyment and that is worth it all. My son is a natural on the guitar, totally self taught and he rocks!
I would say to definitely learn songs using tableture notation. This will greatly speed up your learning curve and enjoyment of playing real music. You can search for tabs on just about any music. Good luck!
Depends what you mean by a pro? If we are talking rock guitar legend then practice all day every day for about 6 or 7 years and you might get there. Add to that a heap of talent and your laughing
I used to play 5+ hours a day everyday and this went on for many years. I play OK, lots of classic rock / blues etc. Problem is I don't really like this kind of music much these days so I just tend to stick to acoustic.
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