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Comment by Mark on May 2, 2012 at 1:36pm

Hee hee....   you might want to condider re-phrasing that Will....

I think if I "exposed myself"  at somebody's jam circle,  they might just toss me in jail... 

But seriously..   One thing you said struck a chord with me...   I also have never met a musician that wasn't completely helpful and supportive to every fledgling musician they encountered...   It seems like musicians  are just a better class of people than most other folks.

Comment by Will Becker on May 2, 2012 at 1:21pm


Dave Fengler,

Go expose yourself at as many group jams, playing circles or open mics as you can.  You will only pick up things to improve your playing from those who do play well.  I haven't met anyone yet that didn't want new players to succeed and weren't willing to help them, so just go.  Take what you can use and enjoy.

I facilitate a fingerstyle playing circle in Orlando, FL and we have a lot of fun learning from each other.


Comment by Arlie Box on May 1, 2012 at 6:29am

Unless somebody was hiding in the Gazebo snapping shots & posting them, Scott Bate is the one  taking the great pics of the Songwriters GuitarBQ.
(I'll leave the welcome to out official welcoming committee)
Yer Up Walt

Comment by Mark Thomas Wolf on April 30, 2012 at 9:42pm

Appreciate everyones help.  Loved the Walt Pilcher video Alrlie.

Comment by Arlie Box on April 30, 2012 at 2:52pm

@ Jim McHie

I think you hit on the Keyword there
Disposable Income.

Comment by Jim McHie on April 30, 2012 at 2:36pm

Does anyone here subscribe to Acoustic Guitar U?  It is a sister site to this one through Acoustic Guitar Magazine, for-pay.  The price is reasonable, I keep thinking when I can get a couple more dollars in disposable income per month that I'll spring for it.

Comment by Mark on April 30, 2012 at 2:23pm

My own 2 cents worth...  There are a LOT of free guitar tutorials on youtube, some better than others.  my personal favorite is a guy named Marty Schwartz.  he has a couple of youtube channels  

  one of them is called "youcanlearnguitar" 

another is "martyzsongs"  

he also has a website  ""

There a a bunch of good online teachers,  this is just my personal favorite.

Comment by Arlie Box on April 30, 2012 at 1:42pm

In your quest for Internet Guitar Instruction, Don't overlook this one very important lesson given by our own Walt Pilcher..

Recovering the Errant Plectrum

Comment by Newbie Dean on April 28, 2012 at 11:28am
Mark...I've only been at this for about 3 years. At 63, I have no goal of ever playing in public. I just enjoy playing and learning new things in retirement. Keep It Fun, Dean
Comment by Mark Thomas Wolf on April 28, 2012 at 10:51am

I will take your advice Dean.  I love music & playing guitar is a life long dream of mine.  I hope to perform some day at local venues.  Thanks ValleyGirl


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