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Title: Beginner
Post by: RickO on February 04, 2003, 05:01:13 PM
I just ordered my first guitar (J28SCDEL). Should receive the guitar Wed. and begin taking lessons next Mon.
Any suggestions for an old man(48)just getting started ?

Title: Beginner
Post by: Mike Beatty on February 04, 2003, 09:37:41 PM
There are a few things you can do to make the learning process go alot smoother for you.

1. Don't get dicouraged. There will be times when you'll feel as if you're still fumbling around in the dark but that's just our subjective human nature. I always recommend that people tape themselves playing. It doesn't have to be a polished piece that you know backwards and forwards. Tape yourself practiving something new, practice for a week then tape yourself playing the piece again. Don't listen to the tape just record and move on. After about a month or two, go ahead and listen to the tape. You'll be amazed at the progress you've made.

2. Find a good teacher Find one that teaches you the style of music you want to play. Sure the teacher at your local music store might be a phenomenal shredder but if you want to learn to play say Neil Young, he's not going to be able to help you much.

3. Have fun. This is the most important rule of all. Why would you want to learn to do something that's not going to bring you joy? If you're not having fun, you're not going in the right direction.

I hope these suggestions help. And remember if you do get discouraged, feel free to post about it here. That's what this is all about.


Title: Beginner
Post by: RickO on February 05, 2003, 04:44:30 PM
Thanks Browndog,
Sounds like great advice.

Title: Beginner
Post by: NoviceJack on February 06, 2003, 04:47:47 PM
Hey, I picked up my first guitar when I about twelve years old. I've had many guitars since then. I really did play till my fingers bled. When I got older and got married the first thing my new wife did was to run off my playing buddies. Twenty years and a divorce later I picked up the guitar again. My new wife doesn't mind as of matter of fact she is musicly inclinded. Well, Im almost fifty one now. What I'm trying to say is it's never too late. I play for myself. I don't care what my music sounds like to anyone else. It is a vent for the soul that I have missed all of these years. I am glad I have found it again. As long as my fingers will move, I'll make my music. Good luck.
Title: Beginner
Post by: JeffB on February 06, 2003, 06:19:15 PM
I am 45 and started playing about 3 months ago, I work for a living so I can only play about an hour a day.  I have a Washburn G300S and love it.  I will never play like James Taylor, or sing like him either for that matter, but I think I may enjoy it as much as he does.  If you really enjoy it and have fun doing it I don't think the rest matters.  Good luck to us both  ROCK ON!!![8D]
Title: Beginner
Post by: LAPetrarca on February 06, 2003, 06:38:33 PM
Hey RickO!

I started at the tender young age of 48 myself.  20 months later, I'm still having fun.

I got started using the e-Media Methods 1 & 2, that I got cheap from e-Bay.  Both for like $40.  Being a bass player, I also have friends that are guitar players that I jam with regularly.  That helps alot!

In any event, have fun!  It's a lifelong journey, enjoy the ride!

Here's a link to my Washburn Owners page:
Title: Beginner
Post by: littlehat on February 07, 2003, 10:03:50 AM
Rick O

You could check out

For lifetime subscription you get access to site and downloadable graduated tuition, with tab and .ram files of exercises.

Apart from that, my main tip is to head directly to the type of music you want to play. Learning arpeggios may be good for the soul but it doesn't get you to play like Big Bill.....
Title: Beginner
Post by: sid on February 08, 2003, 07:46:00 AM
try accoustic guitar central: I too am 48 and learning off an on for a lot of yrs. enjoying it more as I pick-up advice here and there, and seem to have a better guitar(s) than when I first started.
Title: Beginner
Post by: DianeMcK on February 13, 2003, 03:58:05 PM
AGE is a biological fact; OLD is an attitude. I'm 55 years of age and have just bought my first guitar (J28SDL) and am taking lessons each week. I'm not musically inclined, but I am determined. I CAN learn to play the guitar; it just takes practice, practice, practice.

Let me suggest these three things as you learn:

1. Determine the kind of music you want to play, and locate a teacher who will teach you that style. My husband and I are interested in blue grass and gospel music, so I signed up for lessons at a local music shop that specializes in blue grass.

2. I try to have several practice sessions throughout the day instead of one long one. One early in the morning before I start work. One just before or after supper. And then another one just before bedtime. Breaking up the practice sessions seem to keep me more relaxed, and also it breaks the I just can't seem to get it right pattern that I put myself in. When I sit down for the next session, it's a new beginning.

3. Have Fun! I just keep telling myself I don't have to be good, I just have to have fun! When I remind myself that I'm playing the guitar for fun, I find that I'm more relaxed and my practice sessions go so much better.

Good luck to all us new players!
Title: Beginner
Post by: SpellBound on April 09, 2003, 01:32:01 AM

Hi. I'm relatively new here. I'm currently enrolled in a guitar class in junior college. I took it just for the fun of it. Im over halfway through it now and had doubts about how much I had learned. Even though my tests have been good grades I was still feeling shakey about it.  My brother has played bass guitar for years but he couldnt show me anything.

Now its ending up being alot of fun because one night I was showing him my guitar and ended up onstage with him doing the one song I could even remember. *LOL

It's really fun to do that and not as bad as I thought.  Someone said that the audience might not notice a mistake and he's right especially when your playing in a group.
I'm also starting private lessons. I already have three guitars and I just started playing about 3 months ago! *LOL One of them is an acoustic/electric guitar and it has good sound to it.
Just waving hello to the others here. *s[:)]
Title: Beginner
Post by: LAPetrarca on April 09, 2003, 09:18:31 PM
Hi Spellbound and welcome!

You didn't say how long you've been playing but, if you're playing in front of people, I'd say you're progressing just fine!


Here's a link to my Washburn Owners page:
Title: Beginner
Post by: DimebagCfh on April 10, 2003, 12:43:26 AM
Well for me my 1st guitar was a acoustic.. My brother showed me freebird and i started playing when i was 8 years old im 30 now soon to be 31.. i would like to suggest fine tuning your ears be more open to every sound of guitar you hear in a song.. I've always played by ear.. if you teach your ears just right you'll be playing anything you want without a teacher or tabliture.. Now i dont mean nothing is wrong without having a teacher or guitar tabs for that matter.. all im saying is do whatcha like how you like and dont let no one stand in your way of your dream of becoming the guitarist you wanna be.. I love all kinds of music myself.. blues jazz classica bluegrass etc..
but i only ever loved playing heavy metal guitar...
A another good way to tune your ears and playing anything you want it sit down listen to any kinda cd, tape, record, or 8 track. listen to it until your sick of hearing it... Tune your guitar to the tuning of what your listening to,, And play along as listen to it.. i know this sounds hard but trust me it's well worth it in the long run.. Also if you have a guitar part your dieing to learn real quick.. humm the notes or chords in your mind.. then tune your guitar to that tone... then as u hum the notes or chords in your mind.. just find those notes or chords on your guitar.. dont be afraid to branch out into unknown territorys on your guitar either.. After about 3 to 6 months you'll see amazing results and in 2 years time if you really train your ears you'll be a professional..

Also always always have fun. and dont let ppl bring you down with stupid remarks..

I will say this though
In the great words of stevie ray vaughn was.. This woman dont scream at me, But she screams for me.. meaning his guitar LoL

Btw my inspiration is Dimebag Darrell from pantera

Title: Beginner
Post by: pressle on May 18, 2003, 10:54:03 AM
I'm 44 years old myself... but started playing when I was in college...  in that time I've given up playing twice for one reason or another....  but I keep coming back to it because I love playing...  my advice is to be patient...  and keep practicing...  start by playing music you enjoy listening too....   I enjoy hard rock... but can't play it... so I stick with things like Eagles, Bob Seger...  good luck.
Title: Re: Beginner
Post by: bakertone on June 09, 2019, 07:34:55 PM
Just take it slow and practice consistently. You aren't going to learn how to play guitar over night. It takes time and patience. As long as you put in the work, you will learn how to play. Keep that in mind, and you won't get discouraged along the way.