How to be a good guitarist?
A HELPFUL TIP
There are a lot of pieces to that puzzle. This is a major one. What I’ve noticed over the years is that the players that have played with a lot of other players eventually develop a good sense of time. Some players that only ever play solo can often end up a bit wobbly with their time. So the bottom line is DEVELOP a GOOD SENSE OF TIME, it doesn’t need to RIGID, but it does need to be solid but with a little flexibility. A lot of players speed up, try to avoid this. Practice with a drum machine or rhythm track, the more musical the drum machine is, the better. Or use some sort of drum loop. Start working at a very slow tempo and gradually over a period of times learn to play faster.
If you really want to hear some great guitar accompaniment, listen to what Tony Rice did on Hot Dawg with David Grisman. In fact one of the all time great acoustic solos is on a song called 16/16.
If you can keep good time, musicians will want to play with you, if you’re real clever, very flash and showy but can’t keep time, other musicians won’t bother working with you, there are a lot of good guitar players out there. Timing is everything.