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Old 07-12-2019, 06:28 AM
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Great video and great points made by other posters. I started playing guitar at 45 and that was nearly two years ago. Although I was completely new to guitar, I wasn't new to music and had previously played brass (hence my forum handle) at a fairly high amateur level.

I think a key to success for learning as an adult is to set reasonable goals for yourself, realizing that you may not achieve the level of Eric Clapton, John Mayer, etc. And that's ok. For me personally, classical music and in particular Bach's Cello suites have always been an attraction ever since I started studying them playing brass. And since I've gotten into this hobby, I've discovered the likes of Gabriella Quevedo, Daria Semikina, and others on Youtube who have made wonderful arrangements that I hope to be able to tackle one day
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:21 AM
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Never ever stop learning, keep challenging the mind to help keep your brain healthy. Learning to play an instrument is a proven way to just that.

Enjoy the challenge, and have fun
Yep, what PetesaHut said. Iím 64, playing for years but never real fingerpicking. Started lessons for that 6 weeks ago and so happy I did. As Iíve gotten older Iíve found my own biggest obstacle to learning new things is a fear that I canít learn well anymore. That ability is still there, itís just the fear and doubt that gets in the way.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:30 AM
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Its called playing for a reason. Iím entering my second childhood.
Amen and thank you.
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Old 07-12-2019, 12:30 PM
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Wayne Charvel of Charvel Guitars once rebuked me gently one day when I was complaining about my lack of skill.

He asked me when I was planning on quitting.

I said never.

He said then just learn a new chord or a new technique every month and keep adding it to what you already can do.

I've been adding for 20 yrs now. Still not very good, but better than I was.
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Old 07-12-2019, 03:28 PM
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Hello everyone. I am new here, and a new guitar player as well. I bought myself my first guitar, an S&P Songsmith, about three weeks ago, as a 58th birthday gift to myself. My goal is to learn to play it well enough that though I may never be "good" by some standards, my playing it would not be unwelcome around a campfire.
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Hello everyone. I am new here, and a new guitar player as well. I bought myself my first guitar, an S&P Songsmith, about three weeks ago, as a 58th birthday gift to myself. My goal is to learn to play it well enough that though I may never be "good" by some standards, my playing it would not be unwelcome around a campfire.
Welcome to the site! You have a worthy goal. I started at 51 or so. Iím 72 now so Iím not sure about the start date lol. Iím pretty much a hack player, but do enjoy playing.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:19 PM
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Iím 71 years old, havenít picked up a guitar in well over 40 years and I didnít know much then. Got new strings for my old guitar and bought a new 6 string. Looking forward to this a lot.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:39 PM
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I’m 71 years old, haven’t picked up a guitar in well over 40 years and I didn’t know much then. Got new strings for my old guitar and bought a new 6 string. Looking forward to this a lot.
Welcome back to "Guitar World". It's all about having fun. I share the same age with you.

Enjoy the journey.

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Old 07-13-2019, 12:04 AM
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Hello everyone. I am new here, and a new guitar player as well. I bought myself my first guitar, an S&P Songsmith, about three weeks ago, as a 58th birthday gift to myself. My goal is to learn to play it well enough that though I may never be "good" by some standards, my playing it would not be unwelcome around a campfire.
Hi Ol' 58!

Welcome to the AGF! I hope you enjoy it here!

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Old 07-13-2019, 12:05 AM
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Iím 71 years old, havenít picked up a guitar in well over 40 years and I didnít know much then. Got new strings for my old guitar and bought a new 6 string. Looking forward to this a lot.
Hi BRVC!

I am also 71 years old! Welcome to the AGF! Glad you are here!

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Old 07-13-2019, 12:08 AM
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Iím 71 years old, havenít picked up a guitar in well over 40 years and I didnít know much then. Got new strings for my old guitar and bought a new 6 string. Looking forward to this a lot.
Welcome aboard. Glad to have you on AGF!
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Welcome back to "Guitar World". It's all about having fun. I share the same age with you.

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Old 07-13-2019, 12:27 PM
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Welcome aboard. Glad to have you on AGF!
Happy to be here!
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:29 PM
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Hi BRVC!

I am also 71 years old! Welcome to the AGF! Glad you are here!

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