Often times it seems like we will reach that next level out of nowhere. Just from a culmination of the previous days, weeks and months of practice finally paying off.
But other times, we make a distinct change, go down a new avenue, try a new exercise, or learn a new technique that serves as a clear landmark for a major breakthrough.
Of those you can remember, what contributed toward your past guitar breakthroughs?
(I will share mine as a reply to this post so it is not too long, but I mainly wanted to make this topic so I can learn from all of the replies and hopefully integrate these things into my practice.)