Hello from Berlin


a quick introduction: I am what you would call an older guitar student (52) starting out.

I have three aborted attempts to learn guitar in the past, where I never got past 4 months - gave up with a mix of frustration and/or life getting in the way. Took a set of 10 group lessons about 12 year ago that were fun but then the teacher emigrated and that was the end of that. Then a try with “Learn & Master Guitar” and a previous attempt on Justin Guitar.

Now determined to stick with it and for the first time I am actually enjoying myself - partly thanks to now having greatly reduced expectations, which no doubt helps and makes the process more enjoyable.

I think the Justin Guitar concept of free introductory content is superb. I understand it is a business but it nevertheless is a very generous approach, so thank you for that. I use the app to play along, which is fun, but doesn’t do much for my memory or understanding on the song structure, because it is easy to just coast along with it. Really helps with rythm though.

Hoping to stick with it this time…

All the best from Berlin,


Welcome to the forum Tobi


Welcome Tobi, fairly young compared to some of us. Hope you stick with it this time.

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Hi Tobi,
Welcome here and I wish you a lot of fun :sunglasses:
And now that you’ve found Justin, there are no more excuses to keep playing the guitar :smiley: :sunglasses:


Welcome to the community, Tobi!

Wish you good luck and lots of fun on the re-entered guitar journey. Glad you picked your guitar back up and give it another try. You’re in good company here. :slight_smile:

Grüße in die Hauptstadt aus FFM! :smiley:

Cheers - Lisa


Hello Tobi :grinning:

A very warm welcome to the forum from another German.

Great that you’ve picked up your guitar again, and you’ve come to the perfect place.

I’m here since summer and still enjoy it a lot. The lessons of the courses and the song tutorials are great, comprehensive and very motivating.

Keep it fun, stick with it and enjoy your musical journey :guitar:

Herzliche Grüße aus Dortmund

Gunhild :lady_beetle:


Hey Tobi, welcome to the community, nice to meet another German here. I come from a German family who migrated to the US 12 days before I was born. They called me the family volkswagen after that, made in germany and shipped to america.

I started playing at the age of 53 after an aborted attempt some years earlier and now well over 10 years late I’m so glad I stuck with it. The rewards are fantastic. Justin was my go to place particularly at the start. Good luck and hang in there, you’ll be at an amazing level before you know it!

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Hello Tobi,

a warm welcome out of Nuremberg! I fully agree with you, having realistic expectations helps with the motivation, as well as being curious about the things to discover along the way, and being patient and forgiving with oneself.
The app is great for the fun and the timing, but in order to memorize songs I always need to write down the chord structure.
Wishing you lots of fun, both with your guitar and here in the community!


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Welcome, Tobi. This is a great place. Glad you’re trying again.

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Hi Tobi and welcome to the community! :wave: :smiley:

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Dear All,

thank you for the very warm welcome ! Seems like such a nice community !

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Hey Tobi, welcome to the community from another German late starter, down from the very south of Germany. All the best for your restart…you’ve definitely found the right place to learn.
Have lots of fun!

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Hello Tobi and welcome to our community. :slight_smile:

I hope it sticks this time for you.

Yes, I think we all start out thinking we are going to be shredding it like a pro within the first year and I suspect that is the downfall of a lot of would be players.

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Hi Tobi, welcome to the community forum. I tried to learn from “Learn and Master” guitar course but quit because it had no songs. I enjoy learning songs in the website song lessons but as you say the app provides good rhythm practice. Have fun and you will stay with guitar this time

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Welcome to the forum Tobi. I’m another veteran of “Learn and Master” that has been super happy to have found Justin Guitar. Finding a teaching method that clicks is half the battle and this site is fantastic. Then the other half of the battle is the consistent practice. But I think it’s a rites of passage for a lot of us to have had at least a few past failed attempts at learning guitar under our belt. So, here’s to it sticking this time for you! It’s the getting back up again after a fall that’s the most important thing. :0)


Hi Toni, welcome. Good the guitar is still calling you. As you wrote, managing the expectations is quite important as motivation can fade easily if the guitar student wants to achieve too much too quick. Achievements will come in due course with enough practice time. Have fun.