Hi, All. I’m Bob. I live in Olympia, the capital of Washington State in the US.
I’m 60 years old, and this year I “retired” - or, as I prefer to say, “Quit my job and bought a guitar.”
I experimented with guitar in my early teens and went nowhere with it. My teachers weren’t great, and my discipline was non-existent. I found that the desire was still within me, but I’m a different person today, so I gave it another go.
In late September, I bought a PRS SE DGT and a practice amp. I’d begun studying music theory, the fretboard, and anything else I could find online. By the time my guitar arrived, I was raring to go. I’d identified a handful of pathways and instructional methods that I thought suited me, and I hit the ground running. Now, 2.5 months later, I’m in Justin’ Module 9 - the infamous F chord.
I may be an extremist. I practice about 2 hours every day, though I break it up into 2 or 3 sessions. I also study another hour or two most days. It’s the rainy season here.
When I entered into this, I thought I’d be pretty happy if I could, in a paint-by-numbers kind of way, squeeze out a riff or two of songs that I love. Long before I got there, I found myself enthralled with every aspect of this process - the theory, the instrument, the physical and mental challenges, all of it. Unless I encounter an insurmountable limitation, I feel like there are limitless opportunities in front of me. My biggest problem is choosing how to spend my practice time.
Hi Bob - welcome to the group, great to have you here. Sounds like you’re having lots of fun which is what it’s all about!
In terms of how to spend your practice time, having a structured approach is a good idea for most people, as you’ve noticed there’s so much you can learn that it can be a bit overwhelming if you try and do everything all at once. I’d strongly suggest you aim to learn some complete songs - simplify as much as you need to, but be able to play through the whole thing. Then carve out some of your practice time developing the skills you need to get those to where you want them to be.
Small world, I was round your way in WA in Sep.
Plenty opportunity in here to structure your learning.
You’re also in good company as a PRS player.
Keep it fun.
welcome Bob. You’re already discovering that the more you learn, the more there is to learn!
Welcome Bob, you certainly seem to have the enthusiasm to make your guitar journey a good one.
Hi Bob. Welcome here to the community!! You’ll find it a great place for support and resources.
For your practice question,I suggest you start here:
Justin’s lesson gives a great overview. . . I particularly stick to the part of devoting 50% of my practise to very specific time bound sessions of 5 minutes and 50% of fun: song lessons, exploring chord shapes, “noodling” and generally trying to make new (to me, at least) noises come out of the guitar.
Can’t think of a better lesson to recommend at the moment but there are those in the community with far more experience at showing the way around here than I. I’m confident that if there are additional/better options they’ll chime in and let you know.
Enjoy the journey, it’s a great deal of fun!!!
Great stuff, welcome to the community. For me it’s about songs. Once I could play my first song all the way through I was hooked! And it’s just great to be able to grab a guitar and play a tune when I feel like it. Last night went to a great xmas gathering, got home late, still wound up, so I grabbed a guitar, sat on the sofa and played a handful of tunes while I unwound myself. Wonderful therapy.
Look forward to hearing more from you
Welcome here and I wish you a long time of fun
Thank you all for the warm welcome.
I should have been clearer than I was about my practice time being a problem. I didn’t mean that I needed to fix it, only that I have to make choices - and that’s hard when there are so many options. It’s the kid in a candy store problem, pretty much exactly as @theoldman66 said.
Thank you again.
Hi Bob, welcome to the community. It sounds like you are really immersing yourself in guitar. As long as you are having fun, I say keep doing what you are doing. As you go through the grade 2 and 3 beginner and advancing beginner lessons, as others have said, you will get a lot of advice and suggestions from Justin on organizing practice as the amount that you know grows so much. I don’t see it as a problem, but just an opportunity to have more types of fun playing guitar.
Ahh yes! That’s the hardest part…
Hello Bob and welcome to our community.
Sure that is what life is really all about.
Hi Bob, welcome. Good you’re enthralled with every aspect of the guitar and you have at your reach more than you asked for. Have fun.
Hello Bob. Welcome to JustinGuitar and the Community. The Community is large, as is the website. That is quite the tasty guitar to be enjoying and learning on.
If you need any help with a lesson specific question or with any general guitar learning question then do not hesitate to ask. There are many good folk here who will happily offer help and encouragement to those coming up behind them on Justin’s Beginner Courses. They embody and carry the pay-it-forward ethos we have nurtured for many years in our community. There are many old hands too who have years and (hopefully) a bit of wisdom they can bring as they give their support to those hitting the road blocks - which we all do.
Just ask if you need anything.
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