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Get yourself a metronome, or dl an app for your phone. Use it!
Learn the notes on the fretboard, and learn to read (helps with visualization). Some people are against learning tab notation, but I think it's also a great tool for visualization.
Learn the basic major and minor chord fingerings.
Look up some music theory stuff so you can learn the difference between modes, tones, and determine how scales fit with chord progressions. Modes are all about "color" - creating a mood. Change modes, and a progression can be happy, sad, angry, etc. Learn them, they'll help you be more expressive with your music.
Play around with chromatics - used right, they're very tasty.
If you can afford it, get some recording equipment. Nothing makes you a better player than listening to yourself play and being an honest critic.
You don't have to do all that stuff to play well, but if you understand what you're doing, it'll make it easier to create your own music. You'll get stuck in ruts occasionally, and having a good working knowledge of the instrument and theory can keep you from staying stuck in a rut for an extended period.
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