Thank you so much. I am nearly 61 years old and while sitting around a campfire around 15 years ago, an acquaintance was playing his guitar. I had seen him playing many times before and I finally asked "how hard is to learn how to play?' He told me to forget it, it takes many years and I was too old - funny thing is that he was older than I am (but learned to play many years ago). I foolishly listened to him and kept the desire to play stowed away.
I will be retiring in about a year or so and will have loads of time to learn, so I mentally ditched that acquaintance's advice and I started looking around the web to investigate. I found many tabs sites, started playing some basic songs (ok, just two songs!) and really liked it. I thought there must be a better way and I finally stumbled onto your website and I like the way you talk to your students, how you encourage people, and how you break things down into simple pieces to work on. After a day or so of reading on your website and watching your videos, I ordered both your beginners course book and song book. I think I am nearly done with the Stage 1 - I mostly have A,E, and D down and am practicing on switching. I can hit around 20x/minute, but feel like it needs to be smoother, so I am going to take my time.
I must say I am having fun playing, but after listening to your guitar on the CDs, I am going out to the guitar store and 'am just to go look' at something with a little more depth to it. I am playing on a beginner guitar which sounds alright, but i want to explore. Gonna go see some Martins.