Well Ive been at it for about 4 weeks now, practicing that is. Thus far all i have done for 1 to 1 1/2 hours a day are exercises ( fretting hand exercises, fingering, crossing strings, all the finger premutations, 1/8th notes, 16th notes) everything to a metronome of course gradually trying inch up how many BPM I can play each exercise cleanly. My question is actually two fold 1. When do you stop practicing something and descide to move on to the next thing? When do you feel i should start drilling the seven modes and their corresponding chords (triads and 7th)? 2.How do/did you learn scales/chords? and by that I mean did you break the scale down into little drills or did you drill one whole octave? I guess Im anxious to start learning to make actual music and while i am enjoying all of the various exercises im doing Im wondering if I would benefit by forging ahead just a little bit. Or maybe thats rushing things......... Please let me know what you guys think. 1 month nothing but exercises, should I even start learning scales/modes or strictly do exercises exclusively for a few more months. As i told my wife one day when she saw my drilling exercises, "If nothing else comes of this, ill have one hell of a grip."