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Comment by Andy Gallacher on May 10, 2013 at 3:33pm

Haha,  I liked the bit about your wife recognising a song. we have smoking in common too, well, I gave up over 30 years ago

Comment by Mike on May 10, 2013 at 3:18pm

Andy, I swear except for the being from Scotland part, our stories are identical. Stay with it and enjoy the journey. I started as a way to quit smoking. 17 years smoke free and my wife can sometimes recognize what songs I play.

Comment by Mark on May 10, 2013 at 10:26am

Andy,  My two favorite youtube teachers are:

Marty Schwartz


Justin Sandercoe

both are excellent teachers, and both have many, many free lessons available.

Comment by Andy Gallacher on May 10, 2013 at 7:39am

Oh, wow thanks for the tip,  Jan  was kind enough  to  find a youtube clip showing  various songs being played with only DCG or GCD  which was amazing to realise in some ways they were doing so little for something that sounded great but I shall go and try typing 'lesson' after a favourite song, thanks again.

Comment by TheValleyGirl on May 10, 2013 at 7:34am
Great story Andy! You may find YouTube a fun starting place. Pick out a favorite song of yours, type it in and add the word "lesson" after it. Good luck!
Comment by Walt Pilcher on May 9, 2013 at 3:21pm

I also meant to say that was a great story, Andy.  Sounds like you did everything right and used very practical criteria, but when the decision point came you ended up making it on a very sound basis instead of being slavish to your going-in plan. The process is a living thing and just can't always be based solely on a list of specs and limitations.  It's a lot more fun when you approach it with flexibility. Glad you found the guitar for you.

Comment by Robert F. Booth on May 9, 2013 at 3:14pm

That's right, just have fun. I use to practice every day, and was not getting anywhere, until a friend, told me you would learn more by just having fun, and he was right. So just have Fun, Fun,  Fun.

Comment by Phil Manuel on May 9, 2013 at 2:56pm

Just keep it fun Andy, that's the main thing.  Also, pickup that guitar and think "I'm playing guitar!" Then, it doesn't seem like practice.  I can't tell you how many kids in my neighborhood had guitars, but keep them under their beds gather dust.  They would invite me over to "play guitar", and I'd play something on mine, then they'd pull theirs out from under the bed, and say "I wish I could play like you."  Not that I was all that back then, but I'd just notice the dusty case, and say "well, you do have to take it out every now and then to play it" 

So, keep it fun and it will be fun!

Comment by Mark on May 9, 2013 at 2:36pm

Welcome Andy! 

Great story there.   I completely agree about a guitar needing to "feel right" .

I also have trouble forcing myself to practice.   If I'm not good at something, I don't enjoy doing it and tend to lose interest fast.   So there is a huge catch 22 there.

One thing that seems to work for me is going to open mics.  

Once I had achieved the level of being able to actually play and sing a song or two   ( It literally took me YEARS to go from learning to strum a couple of chords to being able to sing an entire song whilst strumming along!) 

Anyway, once I got to that point, I started going to open mics.  At first I would just sit and watch the "real" musicians.  Enjoying all the music while I took mental notes on how they did what they did.  I interacted with everyone and became friendly with the regulars.   This helped especially because when I finally felt comfortable enough to try it. I was surrounded by friendly, welcoming, supportive people  rather than sitting up there in front of a room full of judgmental strangers. 

So after I had done it the first time, it became easier each time thereafter.   (This is where I tie this looooong story back to practice by the way...)

I started to challenge myself to learn a new song every week to perform at open mic.   Having a deadline like that breathing down my neck seems to be just the incentive I need in order to actually sit down and suffer through the practice part of this little hobby. 

Comment by Walt Pilcher on May 9, 2013 at 12:03pm

Thanks, Andy Gallacher, for joining the Newb group, and thanks for your comment on my "Not Left Behind" video.


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