Hello everyone. I’m Vinnie. I’m currently living in a suburb of Atlanta (Decatur) Georgia. Originally from the San Fernando Valley in California (hello Paul Thomas Anderson!). I was an English teacher in college for 25 years and worked in higher ed for 34 years, but I quit during the pandemic and have been working on a memoir, which I’m in the final throes of completing. It’s done! Now for final cuts. I taught at colleges in every time zone in the continental United States.
The way Justin teaches is similar to how I taught writing, which I think is why I take to his approach so well.
As for guitar, I’m 58 and have been playing guitar for about a year and a half. I learned piano from an early age and took lessons until I moved away from home, about 16 years and then for a little as an adult, but I never practiced. Still, I have a some grounding in music.
I have a starter Yamaha acoustic, which I love. And as a special gift for getting to the final part of grade 2, I bought a (this is a mouthful) Gretsch Guitars G2657T Streamliner Center Block Jr. Double-Cut with Bigsby.
I don’t think I learn particularly fast, but I practice every day. Some days I can tell I’m getting better. Other days, I’m impatient and need to slow down to solidify chord changes and so many other technical aspects of playing. I play in front of my girlfriend, but I don’t sing . . . yet. Because of my piano background, I’ve always had a knack for picking up melodies and I’m starting to pick up melodies on the guitar. Right now, I have so many loose ends of songs and techniques I’m learning, that it’s getting baffling knowing what to practice.
That’s why I’m very excited about the first module of Grade 3. I’ve watched all the videos once through, and now I’ll go back through them again and set up a practice schedule.
I look forward to getting to know many of you! Oh, and if you’re in Atlanta, … it’s time to look for someone to play with - you know, duets practice!
Welcome, Vinnie. I will now be on my best behavior and try to use proper grammar and spell correctly Only kidding!
I am just finishing up Grade 2 myself after 18 months or so. Trying to be sure I have a decent grip on things before I move on to Grade 3 as I have not had any music training before Justin. Don’t be afraid to sing in front of your girlfriend. It is great practice and adds to the enjoyment of the songs, in my opinion. I sing badly and my wife let’s me know but she also tries to help me improve.
It would be great to see some recordings of your playing in the AVoYP section.
Hello Vinnie! I agree with ChasetheDream (sorry, don’t know how to do the quote thing yet)…don’t be afraid to sing in front of your girlfriend, I’m sure she’d love it. My husband sings a few songs well and I like it when he does.
Hey Vinnie, what a great introduction. You’ve got the goods to make it happen - attitude, experience and a will to learn.
This will become an increasing dilemma as you discover the high-ways and by-ways of making music. Stick with Justin’s course so you build a solid foundation, note the detours that pique your curiosity and it will all weave together into a satisfying tapestry of musical expression.
ChasetheDream - yeah, haha! I’m a totally tolerant grammarian. Ain’t gotta use no proper grammar with me. Well, you know.
Sounds like we’re at pretty much the same level - grade 2 after 18 months. If I waited until I had a much more sound grip on all of grade 2, I’d never get to grade 3. So, I think the grade 3 practice schedule will help me keep working on those items in grade 2 that need work.
I’m considering putting some items in the AVoYP section soon. Thanks for the warm welcome!
Thanks for the welcome, Heatherxx. I’ll practice some singing. It’s funny, I can sing a bit along with the piano. When I try to sing with the guitar, since I’m playing chords and not melody, my voice follows the chords and not the melody — uhhh… lol. it made trying to sing Christmas songs that I know very well very odd indeed! But I’ll give it a better go soon. I’m thinking help, like wine… maybe whiskey! haha
sairfingers - Thanks for the welcome. I think in my afterward - which is the one piece not written yet - I will be mentioning guitar and sailing.
Learning guitar has been a big part of keeping my creative spirit going as I’ve been writing this book. Definitely been a challenge, and the guitar helped me get out of my head. That and watching Get Back on Disney+ Oh my goodness!
Hi Vinnie and welcome to the community. You are in good company here. I think you’ll find most here have good days and not so good days. The not so good days make the good days that much more enjoyable.
I too am looking forward to seeing and hearing that Gretsch.