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oldcatnewtricks

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Joined: 10/10/17

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Hi folks.

At 57 years old I'm just picking up a guitar and trying to learn. I purchased one twenty years ago but it just sat in the corner and collected dust. To get the wheels turning again I just purchased a Godin Richmond Empire electric. A nice new Canadian-made guitar for an old Canadian-made guy.

As you know, there are many resources available on the internet but I suppose we are all here because we like what Guitar Tricks has to offer. I am not yet a full access member but plan to sign up shortly.

The question I have for you is: Who has gone from scratch to feeling relatively comfortable playing, say around a campfire or in front of a few friends, and how long did it take you? Did you go through Lisa's or Christopher's full beginners courses, and maybe beyond? Anyone go from Zero to hero?

I'm not looking to become the next Eddie Van Halen but I'd like to learn a few chords, strum patterns and some easy songs to be able to have fun with my friends around a camp fire. Maybe surprise them with a few opening riffs: Dream On, Sweet Child of Mine, etc.My interests lie in good old rock, ACDC, Boston, Bob Seger, Beatles, Elton John, the list goes on...

I would appreciate your views, thoughts.

Thanks

Old Cat

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Hi folks.

At 57 years old I'm just picking up a guitar and trying to learn. I purchased one twenty years ago but it just sat in the corner and collected dust. To get the wheels turning again I just purchased a Godin Richmond Empire electric. A nice new Canadian-made guitar for an old Canadian-made guy.

As you know, there are many resources available on the internet but I suppose we are all here because we like what Guitar Tricks has to offer. I am not yet a full access member but plan to sign up shortly.

The question I have for you is: Who has gone from scratch to feeling relatively comfortable playing, say around a campfire or in front of a few friends, and how long did it take you? Did you go through Lisa's or Christopher's full beginners courses, and maybe beyond? Anyone go from Zero to hero?

I'm not looking to become the next Eddie Van Halen but I'd like to learn a few chords, strum patterns and some easy songs to be able to have fun with my friends around a camp fire. Maybe surprise them with a few opening riffs: Dream On, Sweet Child of Mine, etc.My interests lie in good old rock, ACDC, Boston, Bob Seger, Beatles, Elton John, the list goes on...

I would appreciate your views, thoughts.

Thanks

Old Cat

NDR

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Joined: 09/22/15

Posts: 9

Since joining GT, I have played my guitar for about 600 hours ... I am half way through GF2 and am now feeling confident enough to join a woman's guitar group that we have in town and play with them. I am able to play beginners songs - Wild Horses/Zombie/RunAway Train and find that I can pick a beginner song, and work my way thru it. I am never going to be a Van Halen, but I feel like I am getting there.

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Since joining GT, I have played my guitar for about 600 hours ... I am half way through GF2 and am now feeling confident enough to join a woman's guitar group that we have in town and play with them. I am able to play beginners songs - Wild Horses/Zombie/RunAway Train and find that I can pick a beginner song, and work my way thru it. I am never going to be a Van Halen, but I feel like I am getting there.

JeffS65

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Joined: 10/07/08

Posts: 1100

I've been playing since 1981(ish) so given there was no real internet, I learned to play the old fashioned way, by myself. Why am I here at GT?

Well, first, I don't dig in as much as I'd like given my life schedule but no matter your level, there is always something to learn. Always. I skipped a lot of good knowledge in the 80s because I didn't think I needed it. Wrong. Very wrong. Very, very wrong. I was going to be 'self-taught'. I really did quite well teaching myself but as you get older and want to slip out of that narrow thing you always did, that junk you skipped seems to all the sudden, matter.

This is not a Zero-to-Hero Guitar Tricks story but something important to know: You can always learn something no matter how good you are.

When I first joined GT, I went through Fundementals 2 course. There was a lot that I did skip but took some time just looking through the majo/minor scale stuff etc. It's funny, I learned scales 'my way' back in the day so I thought it worth a look. There was no great revalation within them for me, but there's always a little bit of something you pick up. Even when you think you know it. I gained something.

This is the point to you; doing GT's F1/F2 courses will help. You may think that some of it is too simple. Or maybe not. Gain from it. It is a basis to build from. That's the point. Get a foundation. I avoided a solid playing foundation decadesvago and did alright without it but really regret the gaps it created in my knowledge. I could physically play most anything I wanted (almost...) but that command of the instrument was never totally there because I didn't have the knowledsge to back it up.

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I've been playing since 1981(ish) so given there was no real internet, I learned to play the old fashioned way, by myself. Why am I here at GT?

Well, first, I don't dig in as much as I'd like given my life schedule but no matter your level, there is always something to learn. Always. I skipped a lot of good knowledge in the 80s because I didn't think I needed it. Wrong. Very wrong. Very, very wrong. I was going to be 'self-taught'. I really did quite well teaching myself but as you get older and want to slip out of that narrow thing you always did, that junk you skipped seems to all the sudden, matter.

This is not a Zero-to-Hero Guitar Tricks story but something important to know: You can always learn something no matter how good you are.

When I first joined GT, I went through Fundementals 2 course. There was a lot that I did skip but took some time just looking through the majo/minor scale stuff etc. It's funny, I learned scales 'my way' back in the day so I thought it worth a look. There was no great revalation within them for me, but there's always a little bit of something you pick up. Even when you think you know it. I gained something.

This is the point to you; doing GT's F1/F2 courses will help. You may think that some of it is too simple. Or maybe not. Gain from it. It is a basis to build from. That's the point. Get a foundation. I avoided a solid playing foundation decadesvago and did alright without it but really regret the gaps it created in my knowledge. I could physically play most anything I wanted (almost...) but that command of the instrument was never totally there because I didn't have the knowledsge to back it up.

maggior

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Joined: 01/26/13

Posts: 1710

Everybody has different starting points and different goals with guitar playing and music.

Starting out from absolute scratch, I think it would be helpful to have an private instructor or at least a more experienced player to go to. Simple things like how to tune the guitar, how to hold the guitar, etc. can be made much easier in person. Yes these things are covered in the lessons here, but some things are just best explained in person.

For me, I came here in a situation silimilar to JeffS65. I had played for quite some time and was mostly self taught. I wanted to fill in some skill gaps, learn some songs, and learn to improvise. The blues course and guidance from Anders Moridsen (who also teaches the blues course) really boosted me to the next level. These skills boosted me enough to pursue joining a band and getting out there gigging. I went from barely being able to improvise my way out of a wet paper bag to improvising solos on stage on a regular basis.

The courses here along with interaction with the community and instructors in this forum really helped get me to that next level...and beyond.

Go here to check out some of my playing
Go here to check out some of my duo's work

#4

Everybody has different starting points and different goals with guitar playing and music.

Starting out from absolute scratch, I think it would be helpful to have an private instructor or at least a more experienced player to go to. Simple things like how to tune the guitar, how to hold the guitar, etc. can be made much easier in person. Yes these things are covered in the lessons here, but some things are just best explained in person.

For me, I came here in a situation silimilar to JeffS65. I had played for quite some time and was mostly self taught. I wanted to fill in some skill gaps, learn some songs, and learn to improvise. The blues course and guidance from Anders Moridsen (who also teaches the blues course) really boosted me to the next level. These skills boosted me enough to pursue joining a band and getting out there gigging. I went from barely being able to improvise my way out of a wet paper bag to improvising solos on stage on a regular basis.

The courses here along with interaction with the community and instructors in this forum really helped get me to that next level...and beyond.

Go here to check out some of my playing
Go here to check out some of my duo's work

hdoran

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Joined: 02/12/12

Posts: 43

Me! I feel like a GT success story. I started playing guitar when I was 38 (I'm now 45). I have progressed through an array of GT videos, but have also taken personal lessons as well. I watch youtube videos often.

At 40, I started a band in the Washington, DC area and we are still together playing 3 times per month with a song catalogue that has grown to over 150 songs (although any given show has only 55 songs).

I play everyday, for at least an hour, and sometimes I play for 20 to 30 hours per week.

I have three kids, a wife, a dog, I exercise everyday, I go to live shows in DC often. I share this because I often hear people say that they don't have time. But, when you commit to something, time finds itself.

It doesn't hurt that I have become a small guitar collector. I now own a Fender Strat HSS, a PRS SE, a Gibson 335, Gibson Les Paul Standard, Ibanez JS 2410, and my brand new Gibson LE 2018 Explorer (plus a few acoustics).

So, I'm constantly tempted to pick one of these up and crank them through my Orange TH 30 at home to practice.

In other words, man, I frickin' love to play guitar. I get frustrated often, I work through my struggles, and I wish I was better everyday.

Sometimes, I am very structured in my practice, sometimes very random. Sometimes I learn hard songs and other times I learn easy songs. Very often, I choose not to learn an entire song (unless it's for the band). I often learn small snippets of songs just because the licks are challenging.

Take Walk by Pantera. I'd never play that entire song at a live show or in front of a campfire. But, I couldn't live with myself if I didn't learn the opening riff of that song. Or, take Hold On Loosely by .38 special. Turns out, you can learn that entire song (at a basic level) in a few minutes.

#5

Me! I feel like a GT success story. I started playing guitar when I was 38 (I'm now 45). I have progressed through an array of GT videos, but have also taken personal lessons as well. I watch youtube videos often.

At 40, I started a band in the Washington, DC area and we are still together playing 3 times per month with a song catalogue that has grown to over 150 songs (although any given show has only 55 songs).

I play everyday, for at least an hour, and sometimes I play for 20 to 30 hours per week.

I have three kids, a wife, a dog, I exercise everyday, I go to live shows in DC often. I share this because I often hear people say that they don't have time. But, when you commit to something, time finds itself.

It doesn't hurt that I have become a small guitar collector. I now own a Fender Strat HSS, a PRS SE, a Gibson 335, Gibson Les Paul Standard, Ibanez JS 2410, and my brand new Gibson LE 2018 Explorer (plus a few acoustics).

So, I'm constantly tempted to pick one of these up and crank them through my Orange TH 30 at home to practice.

In other words, man, I frickin' love to play guitar. I get frustrated often, I work through my struggles, and I wish I was better everyday.

Sometimes, I am very structured in my practice, sometimes very random. Sometimes I learn hard songs and other times I learn easy songs. Very often, I choose not to learn an entire song (unless it's for the band). I often learn small snippets of songs just because the licks are challenging.

Take Walk by Pantera. I'd never play that entire song at a live show or in front of a campfire. But, I couldn't live with myself if I didn't learn the opening riff of that song. Or, take Hold On Loosely by .38 special. Turns out, you can learn that entire song (at a basic level) in a few minutes.

oldcatnewtricks

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Joined: 10/10/17

Posts: 6

Awesome! Thank you all for your great stories. There is light at the end of the tunnel afterall. I've signed up to be a full time member and look forward to moving forward. I'll let you know how it goes.

Anyone else have some personal experiences to share?

Old Cat.

#6

Awesome! Thank you all for your great stories. There is light at the end of the tunnel afterall. I've signed up to be a full time member and look forward to moving forward. I'll let you know how it goes.

Anyone else have some personal experiences to share?

Old Cat.

1988.kanan

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Joined: 02/05/18

Posts: 1

Hi Old Cat,


If you have a friend or even a family member who knows how to play you can start asking them to teach you. But if you have already an idea how to read the notes and the finger placing then playing on your own by watching videos online like youtube or follow the instruction given here will do. :)


This may also help you out LINK


wISH YOU ALL THE BEST AND GOODLUCK

#7

Hi Old Cat,


If you have a friend or even a family member who knows how to play you can start asking them to teach you. But if you have already an idea how to read the notes and the finger placing then playing on your own by watching videos online like youtube or follow the instruction given here will do. :)


This may also help you out LINK


wISH YOU ALL THE BEST AND GOODLUCK

JeffS65

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Joined: 10/07/08

Posts: 1100

Originally Posted by: oldcatnewtricks

Awesome! Thank you all for your great stories. There is light at the end of the tunnel afterall. I've signed up to be a full time member and look forward to moving forward. I'll let you know how it goes.

Good luck!

#8

Originally Posted by: oldcatnewtricks

Awesome! Thank you all for your great stories. There is light at the end of the tunnel afterall. I've signed up to be a full time member and look forward to moving forward. I'll let you know how it goes.

Good luck!

Papa Rich

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Joined: 07/15/15

Posts: 72

So I will start with the fact that I am not a guitar hero to anyone but myself. I took lessons as a kid and hated it. I picked it up again in the 90s by buying an Esteban guitar and lessons and hated it. Then about three years ago I joined another website and was happy with my progress but it wasn't structured well. Then GT! I have gone through the I and II lesson programs and then the Blues as well as several other lessons. I would say now that I am a fairly good intermediate player. I can play many of my 60s-80s songs, both finger picking on the acoustic and lead on the Strat. I love the song lessons on GT and also use other sites. I usually learn the lead so I can play along with a backing track. That's the best. When you get to the point where you are starting to sound a bit like the greats, (kind of), then you really have fun and your confidence builds up really fast.

I feel that my journey with GT has been good for me. I spent the time going through the lessons. When I thought I knew enough and learned enough about scales, bends, vibrato, and movable chords, (all the spices of guitar playing), the whole guitar neck opened up for me. I realized that some of the famous songs of the past, (Stairway to Heaven, Aqualung, Still Got the Blues, Wonderful Tonight, SRV stuff, etc.) is not always insurmountable. It takes a lot of patience and time but it gets done, note by note.

This is why I feel that I went from zero to hero, (in my own mind). Other than blazing leads by Van Halen and others I feel that I can do many things that I never dreamed I was capable of doing in the 2-3 years of my journey. Have fun!

#9

So I will start with the fact that I am not a guitar hero to anyone but myself. I took lessons as a kid and hated it. I picked it up again in the 90s by buying an Esteban guitar and lessons and hated it. Then about three years ago I joined another website and was happy with my progress but it wasn't structured well. Then GT! I have gone through the I and II lesson programs and then the Blues as well as several other lessons. I would say now that I am a fairly good intermediate player. I can play many of my 60s-80s songs, both finger picking on the acoustic and lead on the Strat. I love the song lessons on GT and also use other sites. I usually learn the lead so I can play along with a backing track. That's the best. When you get to the point where you are starting to sound a bit like the greats, (kind of), then you really have fun and your confidence builds up really fast.

I feel that my journey with GT has been good for me. I spent the time going through the lessons. When I thought I knew enough and learned enough about scales, bends, vibrato, and movable chords, (all the spices of guitar playing), the whole guitar neck opened up for me. I realized that some of the famous songs of the past, (Stairway to Heaven, Aqualung, Still Got the Blues, Wonderful Tonight, SRV stuff, etc.) is not always insurmountable. It takes a lot of patience and time but it gets done, note by note.

This is why I feel that I went from zero to hero, (in my own mind). Other than blazing leads by Van Halen and others I feel that I can do many things that I never dreamed I was capable of doing in the 2-3 years of my journey. Have fun!