I’m Ian, 59 years old, and just bought an electric guitar. I had a guitar as a teenager but never had anyone to teach me (and the internet didn’t exist then). So I only learnt a few chords and no one taught me how to stream properly. So when I saw Justin Guitar and watched a few of Justin’s videos, I thought he seemed like such a good teacher that I should give it a go. Still on grade 1 after a couple of weeks but really enjoying the lessons and I feel I’m progressing. Nice to have a large selection of songs to try and play along to.
Hi Ian, welcome to the community! I shouldn’t worry, I’m only on grade 3 after following Justin’s lessons for more than 10 years
Welcome, Ian. Yeah, I tell myself I should have learned decades ago, but there wasn’t any Justinguitar then!
Thanks. Nice to have a forum where it’s possible to chat with other people learning/playing guitar.
I’m in Lausanne. I’be lived here for 23 years now.
Attaching the photo of my guitar - it definitely exists! - Squier Affinity Telecaster Sunburst.
Nice looking guitar, welcome to the community. I started playing when I was 53 and now, 12 years later I’m so thrilled I stuck with it. It’s fun, it’s a great challenge and oh so satisfying. Look forward to hearing more from you.
Hi Ian, welcome!
It doesn’t matter how long you think you’re taking, having fun is all it’s about. Lovely looking Tele, hope we get to hear you playing it at some point!
Welcome fellow Swiss to the community!
I’m a bit on the other side of the Röstigraben or else I would invite you to jam some together
Love Justin’s course. Just give yourself time and have fun with the learning process and suddenly you’re able to play more and more songs.
The only thing I missed was some finger stretching exercises in the first months. I think it would be good to do some finger/hand yoga before practicing to prevent pain if you’re new to playing guitar regularly.
Wish you a lot of fun on your musical journey!
Welcome to the community, Ian! Wish you lots of fun and enjoyable moments with your guitar!
Hello Ian, and a warm welcome to the community .
That’s a really beautiful guitar . I’m certain, you’ll have lots of fun with it .
No need to hurry. It took me 5 months or even a bit longer, before I felt ready for grade 2. My motto is: Go slow .
I wish you lots of fun along your guitar journey .
Welcome and I wish you a lot of fun here
Hello Ian and welcome to our community.
Nice looking guitar.
Ian, welcome to the community. As others have said, there is no reason to hurry to finish grade 1. There are a lot of good songs to play in grade 1, so take the time to learn a few songs and enjoy the journey.
Wilkommen Ian. Es gefallt und dass Sie hier Sind. I have been using Justin’s awesome methods for almost 3 years now. Everything he teaches is well thought out and easy to understand. He even has some think outside the box psychology type ideas . I suggest to take your time and complete the course one step at a time. Rushing will get you nowhere and causes frustration. I suggest to develop your rhythm and timing early even if you are playing batteries dying on a Walkman type of slow. Also recommend you record yourself and your progress. You will surprise yourself how quickly you progress. Best of luck here.
Jeff from California
That’s funny. I don’t feel so bad now . I’m equally at a lower level.
Thanks for all the advice and warm welcomes. It’s really great to have such community to be able to chat with and ask questions. Thanks so much for the advice regarding rhythm and timing. Indeed, strumming in time has been the most challenging thing so far.
Hi Ian, welcome. Good you are back fulfilling your wish of learning to play guitar. You could be a few more months in Grade 1 and still could be good so a couple of weeks and still there is nothing to feel bad about. Every one learn at his own pace. Moving too fast doesn’t allow to build a good foundation. Moving too slow invites losing interest and quitting. You have to find a pace that works for you. Have fun.
Welcome to JustinGuitar and the Community. I’m arriving late to your welcome party. You’re now several weeks further along - how are you getting on learning with Justin’s fantastic lessons and resources?
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 else.
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