I've been day trading and swing trading the stock market every day for 20 years, and have been teaching others how to do it since 2004. When I started trading I only knew how to do fundamental analysis, and had never paid much attention to charts. Some of my on-line friends in stock market related forums were always talking about charting, and by using them how their trading had become much more successful. I took their advice, and started learning all about charts and technical indicators. I studied one at a time. It took nearly two years to complete these studies. After a few years my trading success rate had gone up dramatically, and the trades I lost on were few and further between. And much smaller too!