Hello from Matt in Boston

Hi everyone. I’ve had a musical interest my entire life, but didn’t start playing guitar until I got a work from home job 13 years ago, at age 32. That gave me the flexibility to take little breaks during the day to practice.

I’ve been known to start things and not finish, but guitar has stuck with me in a big way. I can get lost playing for hours at a time. I often set a timer so I know when to stop playing and go back to real life. Guitar was an absolute life saver during COVID.

A small group of friends comes to my house once a week or so to jam. We play for no one except ourselves and have a great time doing it. I play a wide variety of music, old-time rock, surf music, metal, country – pretty much everything except jazz which I just can’t get my head around.

It’s taken me years to get to an intermediate level, and that’s alright. There is no end goal. Only to keep playing and keep improving. I am so glad to have found this community and look forward to getting to know some of you.


Hi Matt, welcome to the community! Sounds like you’ve got a lovely history with music and guitar and a nice solid network to keep you interested. So long as you’re having fun is the most important thing.
Looking forward to hearing more from you :slight_smile:

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Welcome to the forum Matt

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Hi Matt & welcome!
Nice intro! Looks like we share musical interests, only I listen to but don’t really care to play metal & would love to be able to play jazz from the 30s & 40s… old jazz gets me!

So cool that you have the opportunity to play with others… that’s one of the things I’ve been wanting to do but have an innate hesitation/shyness that I have been able to overcome in most aspects of life but not in the musical world. I’m not really sure if I could ever play in front of others. It’s a cool concept though & bravo for you to have that in your life!

Have fun playing!



Welcome to the community, Matt! :smiley:

Sounds as if you have a profund guitar base to built your skills on. Have some friends coming around for some jamming sounds even more amazing to me, and like a lot of fun! :smiley:

I’m looking forward to hearing some more of you and wish you ongoing fun with your guitar! :slight_smile:

Cheers - Lisa


Hey Matt, welcome to the community. Nice to read how well you’ve found your groove.

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Hello Matt, and a warm welcome to the community :hugs:.
That’s a great story, and so wonderful that you’ve found likeminded musicians to jam with :star_struck:.
Sounds like a lot of fun :smiley:.

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Hello Matt and welcome to our community. :slight_smile:

Very cool that you have a group of jam buddies.

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Welcome Matt! Sounds like you’re having a great time. I’m originally from Worcester, love Boston. Looking forward to a video of your playing, if you’re so inclined. :smiley:

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Glad to see your introduction to the Community. It has been so nice meeting you and listening to your first AVOYP. Looking forward to more songs from you soon!

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Hi Matt :slight_smile:
Nice to meet you!
I also think it’s awesome that you jam with friends regularly! :smiley:
Sounds like so much fun!


Hi Matt,

Nice to meet you.
Looking forward to hearing more from your wide musical tastes.
A regular live jam session is something I aspire to, sounds like a lot of fun and very beneficial too.

Best wishes,


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Hi Matt,
Welcome here and I wish you a lot of fun :sunglasses:

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Hi Matt, welcome to the community. It sounds like you have found what you need to be happy playing guitar. Have fun playing with your friends.

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Hey Matt - Great to see you here and it’s fantastic that you’re so into playing and practicing - when it’s that much fun you can’t go wrong.

I’m also a Bostonian - in the South End - soon we’ll have a Justin Boston sub-group:)

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Hi Mike. Great to meet a fellow Bostonian. It’s such a good group of people I’m meeting on this site. I don’t know if there are enough of us in the area, but it would be cool to get a local jam session together one day.

I checked out your Fire and Rain video. It was great. That is not an easy song to finger pick. Your playing on it was very clean. I thought you did a really nice job with the vocals too. – Something most of us seem to struggle with.

It’s one of my all time favorite songs. I have not tried to tackle it yet though.


Hi there Matt,

I definitely can relate that guitar saved me during covid. That’s when I started here at Justin guitar. You’re very fortunate to have jam buddies right away. That’s awesome. My biggest advice is to play slow yet in time before speeding up and being sloppy. It sounds like you’ve been at it s while though, but still a good rule when learning s new song. I have made tremendous improvements through JG and I’m very thankful for it. I just finished as the opening act for our open mic here at Justin guitar and it was a blast to do. It never would’ve happened before the lessons here. You should check out the video they posted yesterday to see our people performing. There’s also tons of videos posted here from our group. I’ve posted probably 30 or so. I love the feedback and support from the community.

Don’t you”s have most of our former dodgers playing for the red socks now? Lol. Have a great day and enjoy the journey.

Jeff from California

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Hey Matt. I love the idea of doing a Boston jam with fellow JG fans. I’ll see if there’s a way to find Bostonians on this site and send a message. I’ll keep you posted:) And thanks for your kind words re my Fire and Rain video.

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Hello Matt.
Welcome to JustinGuitar and the Community. It’s great you have found Justin’s lessons, he offers structure and a sure path to follow from the very beginning, and caters for people from beginner through intermediate and beyond. It is worth tracking back a bit to see if there are any lessons you will benefit from or gaps to fill.
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. Perhaps you’re in that position.
Just ask if you need anything.
Cheers :slight_smile:
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