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Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Widmeyer Sep 23, 2009.

Can an old guy learn to play?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joey Edwin Dec 12, 2012.

 

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Joey Edwin replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"Hi There - I launched the first Guitar Lessons channel on a device called a Roku. To my complete surprise it seems that my main demographic is older folks that are retired and want to learn guitar.  A Roku is only $49 at Target or Wal-mart, you…"
Dec 12, 2012
Fern replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"In my opinion, it's never too late to pursue an interest in music. (Or most anything else, for that matter.) I played piano for about a year while in my mid-30s, then stopped due to family responsibilities.  At 55 I looked…"
Nov 29, 2012
Luis Motta da Silva replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"Guys, I just love to be a member of this community!"
Oct 13, 2012
Phil Manuel replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"Capt'n, I'd like to meet your dad.  I know it's not good for you, but this is a great story.  I've got an s101 archtop I could emprestadar you.  You just have to come pick it up!"
Oct 12, 2012
Captain Simian replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"Pretty sure.  I think it has to do more with the fact that I come from a long line of corrupt musicians and gamblers."
Oct 12, 2012
Luis Motta da Silva replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"Great Pop! I will consider the possibility of borrowing my son's custom-made electric JP guitar... By the way, the Portuguese word for "to lend" is "emprestar"; the word for "to give" is "dar". But we…"
Oct 12, 2012
Vernon Alvie Bird replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
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Oct 11, 2012
Marty replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"Capt looks like Dad has the upper hand here, that is funny. Just think you have made him very happy :)"
Oct 11, 2012
Steve Mutchler replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"I'm 69...and "re-started" learning about 10 months ago... I started when I was a high school sophmore...learned a few cords...could do a little blues shuffle in E and A... that was about it...went to college, had to hock my cheap…"
Oct 11, 2012
Captain Simian replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"There is a downside to my story. 7 years ago I bought a Buck Owens telecaster for a great price along with a nice blackface Princeton reverb clone.  Went to go visit my folks a couple of weeks later and brought them along to show pop.…"
Oct 11, 2012
Luis Motta da Silva replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"Simian, My compliments to your father! May he live long, with plenty of music!"
Oct 10, 2012
Marty replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"God Bless your father! so he's been playing for the past 27 years all I can say is Awesome:)"
Oct 9, 2012
FloridaGull replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"Amen! :-)"
Oct 9, 2012
Captain Simian replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"Just found this thread and I just have one thing to say: My dad decided he wanted to learn how to play guitar at age 60.  For his birthday my siblings and I chipped in and bought him a nice Takamine.  He just wanted to learn some Buck…"
Oct 9, 2012
Rosemary j. Lambin replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"Learning to play the guitar is a great thing, regardless of one's age. I just started learning two and a half years ago. It is going slowly, but I'm learning, little by little, and I'm enjoying it. Guitar tricks aren't just for…"
Sep 19, 2012
Marty replied to JStevens's discussion Can an old guy learn to play?
"Hi J, The answer is YES, I'm 60 and started playing over 2 years ago. I've spent money on online sites,DVDs, guitars both electric and acoustic until I learned to play,and the only site I found that worked was "Guitar in a…"
Sep 19, 2012

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Guitar student
How many years have you been playing guitar?
Less than 1 year
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar
What type of music do you like to play?
I'd be happy if I could play a clean C major chord.
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At 11:55am on February 16, 2010, Luis Motta da Silva said…
Hi, again!
Glad to hear fom you. If C major is a snap, then, try this to beat the "devil" G major with 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers:
1. Put your fingers in the usual position to the easy C major. Strum it to make sure everything is OK.
2. Now, add your 4th finger in 1st string (e), 3rd space (note:high G). It's still a C major chord, you just changed the E note on the 1st (e) string for a G note, which also belongs to the chord. Strum it, make sure everything is OK.
3. Now, transfer all the weight and all the strenght of your hand to the 4th finger. Ease the weight and strenght of 1st, 2nd and 3rd fingers as much as you can, using only the bare weight and strenght necessary to make the chord sound. Strum again, to make sure it's OK.
4. And now... pure magic! You are going to use your 4th finger as a fulcrum, a support, as you move your 3rd finger to 6th (E) string AND, at the same time, you move your 2nd finger to 5th (A) string. Move both 2nd and 3rd fingers at the same time, using the 4th finger as a support. If you do this, the 1st finger will tend to rise naturally from 2nd (B) string, where it has been. At the very least, it will be very easy to pull it up.
5. Now, you have arrived effortlessly to the "devilish" G chord. Strum to make sure it sounds OK. Then, keeping the pressure on 4th finger, move the other 3 fingers back to C major position, and strum.
6. Back to G, back to C, back to G and so on until your 4th finger says "Enough!".
Why? Because 1st and 2nd fingers have tendons of their own, but 3rd and 4th fingers are served by THE SAME TENDON. It's difficult to move one of them without moving the other. But IF YOU BLOCK the 4th finger, as you did transferring all the weight and strenght of your hand to it, it won't embarass your 3rd finger when you tell it to move...
It's just a matter of understanding your hand is a tool, know how it's made and learn how to work with it. Hope this helps... Luis
At 7:44am on February 16, 2010, Luis Motta da Silva said…
Hi!
I saw the discussion you've started, I read the whole thread. I do sympathize and support your attitude.
Your question is a question that many people ask me but, since I was a kid when I started, I'm not qualified to answer. I wish I could honestly tell people, "yes, it's possible", but I don't really know for sure.
Now, I see you started the discussion almost a year ago. You had a lot of support and advice. You bought new guitars. I presume you decided to give this guitar playing thing a really serious try. That's why I'm curious to have your own answer to the very question you asked. How far have you gone? Can you "play a clean C major chord" by now? Can you play some tunes, can you make barres (it took me 2 years when I was 14). Do you love music, and guitar playing, more each day? Have you proposed new steps, new goals, to achieve? I hope the answer is YES!
I started to play Portuguese guitar after 40, but, to learn a different instrument is not the same as to learn your first instrument. I would like to have your answers, so that I could answer honestly to people who ask me the same question.
I wish you all the best and, of course, you're invited to my page, and I'll be glad to answer whatever questions you have...
 
 
 

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