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Re: Older guitar students / Can 'older dogs' learn new tricks?
« Reply #475 on: November 11, 2021, 12:08:31 am »
Picked up the guitar for the first time ever 20 months ago aged 59. The day I played a recognizable(to me anyway) "Wild Thing" nearly brought tears to my eyes.

What a magic moment Rocker, I'm so happy for you. May there be many more.


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Re: Older guitar students / Can 'older dogs' learn new tricks?
« Reply #476 on: November 11, 2021, 12:58:14 am »
...The day I played a recognizable(to me anyway) "Wild Thing" nearly brought tears to my eyes.
Wild thing, you make everything (long pause) groovy. Yeah!

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Re: Older guitar students / Can 'older dogs' learn new tricks?
« Reply #477 on: November 11, 2021, 03:52:53 am »
Hey everyone,  I'm very excited!!! and I hope an old dog can learn new tricks (51).  I bought a guitar years ago and it's been sitting in the basement ever since.  Just came across Justinguitar today and I'm blown away!! Signed up and ready to Rock out my first lesson when I get home tonight.....

I started at 49 last year...Justin's courses are terrific.  My advice is to keep in mind it's not a race to finish the beginners course.  I'm nearly a year in and still on Grade 2 (and practice nearly every day).  If you stick to it you will see improvement - weekly if not daily.  If you haven't discovered Justin's Nitsuj videos, they are a great way of seeing how another "beginner" is tracking on whatever module you are playing (Justin learned to play lefty to test his lessons).  I found myself watching his last Nitsuj practice for a given module to see how he played before deciding to move on.   These forums are an awesome resource too, the people here are very helpful and supportive. 

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Re: Older guitar students / Can 'older dogs' learn new tricks?
« Reply #478 on: November 11, 2021, 04:11:08 am »
Picked up the guitar for the first time ever 20 months ago aged 59. The day I played a recognizable(to me anyway) "Wild Thing" nearly brought tears to my eyes. I'm blaming Justin but I have caught the guitarist issue of G A S  ;). You are definitely never to ole to rock and roll. Thanks Justin and the team......

What a moment, delightful, Rockarpee, keep doing what you are doing and it will become the first of many magical moments.  I look forward to hearing you rocking Wild Thing when you are ready.
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« Reply #479 on: November 11, 2021, 03:54:43 pm »
Great news and Rockarpee....nothing like seeing that improvement. You can actually play guitar!
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Re: Older guitar students / Can 'older dogs' learn new tricks?
« Reply #480 on: November 20, 2021, 02:34:13 pm »
I am 50 years old and a beginner. My goal is to play for friends and family. I am getting better on a weekly basis because of the way Justin's course is structured. I do practice for 40 minutes 5 days a week and the stats help to focus on improving challenging chords and riffs.
Older dogs can learn new tricks: Not as fast as the younger players due to lack of finger dexterity.

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« Reply #481 on: November 20, 2021, 07:05:41 pm »
52 years old and completed Grade 1 Module 3 earlier this week; now just doing the daily 20 minute practice sessions from that module to get those minor transitions up to speed (and sort out strumming patterns) before moving on. I started my journey this past October 1st and have picked up the guitar every day for at least the 20 minute practices, but often several times a day to do some playalongs or work on some rough edges. It's really been a ton of fun following the courses and seeing my own progression.

My current challenge is nailing down the strumming patterns, nevermind trying them in a song at this point...one of these days I'll nail it. This past week, I went to my local guitar shop to find some super-thin picks and walked out with the picks AND a NUX MG-300 pedal, recommended by the shop owner, lol. Oh well, the journey has been fun so far and I look forward to keeping it rolling. Going to start dabbling with the theory stuff a bit, on the side.

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Re: Older guitar students / Can 'older dogs' learn new tricks?
« Reply #482 on: November 21, 2021, 10:55:41 pm »
Welcome Ram and Burn

Good to see you both making progress and enjoying your journey. Its nice to see the youngsters coming through.   ;)

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« Reply #483 on: November 22, 2021, 01:11:52 pm »
Good to have you on board Ram and Burn...great to see things are going well at the moment
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Re: Older guitar students / Can 'older dogs' learn new tricks?
« Reply #484 on: November 22, 2021, 01:16:43 pm »
Hello and welcome Ram and Burn. Great to have some more, just past middle age, folks about. :)
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Re: Older guitar students / Can 'older dogs' learn new tricks?
« Reply #485 on: November 22, 2021, 09:44:57 pm »
64 years old, been 'messing around' with the guitar off and on for a few years, but never serious about practice. Just posted my first practice video today. It's a journey, a tough, but very rewarding odyssey!

And a tip of the hat to Justin and this great community for the lessons, feedback, and encouragement!
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Re: Older guitar students / Can 'older dogs' learn new tricks?
« Reply #486 on: November 24, 2021, 08:58:35 am »
It's always welcome and warming to see new / old guitar players land around these parts.
Hello one and all.
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Re: Older guitar students / Can 'older dogs' learn new tricks?
« Reply #487 on: November 24, 2021, 09:09:00 am »
Hello and welcome Hooked. :)
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Re: Older guitar students / Can 'older dogs' learn new tricks?
« Reply #488 on: December 08, 2021, 09:10:33 pm »
Hi Stephen, my name is also Steven :).  I just wanted to add a thought that might help you see this in a different way. Btw, I started guitar at 36.. not so old but not young either.

At the end of the day we're the only one who has to enjoy our time with the guitar. It doesn't matter what it sounds like or even if our fingers are in the right place. Sometimes I just crank up the gain and boost and pluck the open D&G strings to get a rock and roll sounding growl.  It's basic.  A 2 year old could do it.  Zero skill involved.  But it makes me happy, and that's literally the only reason to do this at our age.

Maybe you're too worried about being "good" or playing correctly.. and not worried enough about how you feel when playing.

I'm sure lots of oldies like me can learn to play and have a great time.

Sadly I'm not one of them, I've watched countless videos, I've bought the justinguitar beginners course book and Songbook but after practicing 10-15 mins 3-4 times a day I still can only get the D chord and even then only once in 3-5 tries.  as for the A chord (the next one in his book) my fingers simply will not fit in that space.  I've tried to take it slow and not expect much but I find myself getting more and more angry and frustrated with myself so much that it's come to the point where I have admitted I'm an abject failure and will never learn to play a single thing.  Quite frankly I've never hated and loathed myself for being old and useless like I have over the time I've been trying to learn this. 

So can old dogs learn new tricks?  Most certainly yes  ..but some of us should never try.

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Re: Older guitar students / Can 'older dogs' learn new tricks?
« Reply #489 on: December 08, 2021, 09:14:13 pm »
That's beautiful.

Picked up the guitar for the first time ever 20 months ago aged 59. The day I played a recognizable(to me anyway) "Wild Thing" nearly brought tears to my eyes. I'm blaming Justin but I have caught the guitarist issue of G A S  ;). You are definitely never to ole to rock and roll. Thanks Justin and the team......

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Re: Older guitar students / Can 'older dogs' learn new tricks?
« Reply #490 on: December 16, 2021, 02:49:48 am »
I am 51 now. I first started in my late teens (late 80's). Self taught with material that others gave me and books. In those days we still used cassettes, vinyl was still in use, and CD's were just hitting the scene. The internet was not in use at that time and most people were exposed to music by listening to the radio at work. There was no real help apart from finding others to play with or books, self taught method.

As my name suggests i have a broken pinky. This gradually put a stop to my playing in my early 20's after a pretty hardcore, intensive start. The fact that my guitar was stolen did not help either.

I just picked up playing again 30 years later.

I wish i knew about short scale guitars 30 years ago. I can fret with the broken pinky on a short scale. This is something that i could not really do very well on a standard guitar.

This site has taught me more in 3 weeks than all previous years combined as i had no plan, no direction, and no one to help guide me down the path. Paid for teachers were useless and a waste of resources if it takes them 5 lessons to figure out where you stand as a player. Showing me how to play chords that i already know did not go down well. Paying 15 pounds to a guy who showed me how to play a two chord reggea rhythm is also a waste.

I was a very, very, very, self conscious player. Did not dare to play in the vicinity of others that might hear me. Now i dont give a monkeys. I am going to make mistakes and hit fluff notes. I know this is part of the process when an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.

One aspect of an being an older player is that we tend to have more patience. At least i have more patience now. I am not in a rush to complete the beginner course. This is not a race for me. I am not competing against others. I am on my own journey of discovery. Independant of what others do.

This forum and the people that are here are really helpful to people starting out again or even for the first time. I have been on some game forums where the toxicity just oozes out from the page. I dont get that feeling here. Most are willing to part with bits of info or tricks to help people. I find myself doing it with even with the limited info i can give. But i am not a complete beginner so i still have something to offer.

I got a warm fuzzy feeling when i started playing again. That magic that is music just rubs off on you. And this place is like a nice warm blanket around you.

Way off on some tangent but old dogs can learn new tricks.




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Re: Older guitar students / Can 'older dogs' learn new tricks?
« Reply #491 on: December 16, 2021, 03:54:27 pm »
Pinky

They sure can and your story is oh so familiar, glad you have found a place where you think you will finally get the support and the direction you need ! That we all need ! Good thing about old dogs they adapt to new surroundings when they are surrounded familiar faces and smells. There is space in the new kennel, come join us.

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