Tom and Tom, thank you both. That makes me feel a lot better. I didn't start snow skiing until I was forty, and went through much the same thing. I didn't want to take group classes with a median age of nine! I got over myself, and ended up having a great time, and I continue to have a great time.
Susan, I read your Blogspot page start to finish. Very good stuff. Truth be told, I never even thought of interviewing potential instructors. I assumed I'd go to the store, they would assign me someone, I'd pull out the Visa, and we'd hammer out a schedule. Your curriculum ideas are very similar to the way I learned to play brass instruments (primarily trumpet) in my childhood.
I'm curious about something you wrote though. You recommend electric over acoustic for rank beginners. In looking around, people seem about evenly split. I have to admit, my eyes glaze over a little every time I see a hollow body guitar. I love the noise they make, the finish, all of the shiny brass and chrome....just everything about them. Plus, a great many of my favorite performers use them. Of course, a great many of my favorite performers use acoustic guitars too. My "vision" of playing guitar myself has always been acoustic. Never really gave much thought as to why. The pro electric camp seems to be of the opinion that the lower action and lighter weight makes it "easier" for the student while the pro acoustic camp cites that as the very reason to choose acoustic. My question here is does the simplicity of an acoustic weigh in at all? Electric guitars have switches, knobs, levers, cables, plugs, jacks, electricity and amplifiers to deal with. Is all of that inconsequential to the learning process?
Thanks again to everyone who's replied so far.
Can you teach an old dog to do tricks, since when is being older a way to not learn something, absolutely never to old to learn to play guitar.Will you end up becoming a rock star, maybe not but then your grandkids might think so.Ship
Ship of fools said:Can you teach an old dog to do tricks, since when is being older a way to not learn something, absolutely never to old to learn to play guitar.Will you end up becoming a rock star, maybe not but then your grandkids might think so.Ship
Benji (remember Benji) was about 12 years-old and came from an Animal Shelter...
Are you smarter than Benji?
Personally I cannot afford Lessons (unemployed)... Do I get a half-hour of teaching, or a month's worth of internet? I am hoping that I could do better by spending my money for the internet.
Here are some Free internet video lessons. Ya may have to sign-up/sign-in, but no charge...
These are just two that I have 'quick links' to on my toolbar. I think Justin, from Tasmania, has a hundred YouTube videos. But on the lesson site there are tabs and chords. A quick internet search will find others, and hundreds on YT. So don't be suckered into paying for just any-idiot's guitar course. With computer technology the way it is, I could start my own lesson site, and sell DVD's.
So take your time and pick-and-choose the right one for you.
And Yes... I would advise getting a teacher/tutor. Or at least find someone who plays better than you who can teach you some new tricks.