Hello from Gill, a Scottish Vintage Club Member

Hi Gill, welcome to the community forum.

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Wow, that’s seriously awesome!!! Hope it goes real well.

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Hi Gill
welcome to the community :smiling_face:
the annual student recital sounds like heaps of fun :smiley: :sunflower:

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I did it! Phew! I performed in public for the first time, at the local learners recital. Mainly kids, a couple of teenagers, a big hair bloke and me performing for family & friends. Vintage Club hangs out with the Kids Club:-) So yes it was fun as well as a challenge.

Anxiety hit just before I was due up but I managed. A few duff notes but I got through it. A real test but it was a very friendly atmosphere - they seemed to welcome a middle aged woman having a go at the rock chick thing! Loved hearing the kids :+1:


Welcome to the JGC Community, Gill, sounds like your first OM gig was great fun, and well done for seeing it through.

Oh my, a Vintage Les Paul style. Is that a solid mahogany body, like Gibson’s 4.5kg, or perhaps a lighter semi-hollow ? Regardless, if you are struggling with it and are going to be into playing Electric for the longer term, I would seriously think about changing your guitar to something lighter and more fitting for your frame.

I have tagged @Jenndye429 here as one of our more prominent Electric players, hasn’t being playing very long but regularly performs too, who might share her guitar-styles experiences with you.

Look forward to hearing you at a JGC OM sometime in the future.
Have fun ! :sunglasses:


Hi Gill and welcome to the community!

Glad to hear your performance went so well! The first time I played a community Open Mic here, I was a nervous mess :laughing: But every time I’ve performed since then it gets easier and although there will always be nerves, I can control them a lot better now.

As @Elixir1253 mentioned, I exclusively play electric and I’ve been playing for just over 2 1/2 years now. I got my first guitar at 39 and I’m now 42. In that time I’ve managed to collect 5 electrics :see_no_evil: Many LPs tend to be heavy. I have one as well, but it is the studio model which is weight relieved and much lighter than a standard LP. I would say to continue to experiment with both sitting and standing to see which is easier on your back. I play standing 90% of the time and it is much easier on me no matter which guitar I’m playing. I’m much more prone to hunching over/bad posture when I sit.

BTW, nothing wrong with a middle aged rock chick :wink: :guitar:


I agree :partying_face:


Many thanks! @Elixir1253

My guitar is solid body. Argh. I don’t know the weight but it’s heavy I know. What do you play on?

I think you are definitely right, if I keep on with the electric then I need to seriously think on changing. Going about that will be an interesting challenge. I bought my electric about 20 years when I wasn’t aware of any online resources, was a complete uninformed novice, hadn’t anyone I could ask and walked into the music store and obviously wasn’t terribly well advised. Or maybe I didn’t listen. Whatever, I’ll need to make sure I’m more clued up if I do get another electric guitar! I’ve got a lot to learn :grin:

Thanks for putting me in touch with Jenndye429 too :+1: :guitar:

Many thanks @Jenndye429

Great to chat with another Rock Chick! I hadn’t played the electric much until recently… and I kinda like it! I’m 55 and you definitely notice the old muscle mass not being as it was in your 50s. But hey ho, not going to let it stop me :slight_smile: Wow on the 5 guitars in 2.5 years. Rock on girl!! Do you have one you prefer? I get you on the standing up. I can slouch too. I liked the way the neck was for my reach standing up, but the guitar is too blinkin heavy and it hurt. Woose :wink: Maybe if I had a lighter guitar I would stand to play a lot more too.

Good for you on the community Open Mic. I’ve not a clue on how to record or share video/live stream as yet. fab you are doing all that as well as progressing the guitar. I’ve just had a quick look to find you in the OM section and spotted you and your family & friends belting out The Hives to kick off 2024 excellent :guitar: :+1: :grin:

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I tell everyone that I love all my guitar “children” :wink: :wink: I tend to play my LP and my Gretsch the most. They have similar body styles and necks that I really enjoy playing. I have an Epiphone Casino hollowbody I tend to reach for when I’m writing songs as I will use it unplugged initially to work out the song and then plug it in to make sure it sounds good :grin:

Thanks for checking it out! I think at this point I’m the resident Hives fan on the forum. I will make everyone a Hives fan eventually :laughing:

If you ever get stuck or need help with anything feel free to reach out! I’m always around and happy to help however I can :guitar:


Thanks. That’s great :grin: :guitar:

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Hi Gill, welcome. Good your in person guitar learning lead to an in person guitar performance and you succeeded with it. Keep having fun.

Hllo Gill. What a story and thank you for being a Vintga eCLub member too.
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