Scott here. 70 years old and retired. It’s a lot better to learn something than sit on my butt watching TV. I started playing drums in the 4th grade and by that I mean the bass drum. Our school music teacher didn’t seem to get percussion so the two of us either played the bass drum or a snare. Spent most of those years on a practice pad. Decided the school band wasn’t for me and Dad found me a real teacher and got me a very nice Pearl drum set. My friends and I had a band until we finished high school and went our different ways. The band was fun and we made money playing bars, clubs, schools, etc. I also had a mandolin, 6 strings and lap top steel. All of which I was terrible at. I started playing a Uke 3 or 4 years ago when my Wife thought it would be a fun thing for both of us to do. The wife was adverse to practice and stopped playing and I got an electric guitar and amp. One of those cheap combos on Amazon. I also picked up a cheap acoustic. Traded the cheap tele knockoff for a Gretsch and also picked up a Breedlove. I gave the amp from the combo to my son and picked up a Fender LT25. I really enjoy playing and have no aspirations of becoming any kind of star. I think I play songs to learn about music and not music to learn songs. I also don’t chat very much. Thanks for listening. Later.
Welcome to the forum Scott. sound like your all set to learn to play guitar.
Hi Scott. Welcome to the community!
I have a very similar story: 70, retired, and played in a band as a teenager. I picked up the guitar again after a brief, 45 year hiatus, found JustinGuitar and here I am 3 years later a much better guitar player (and student) than I was in my teens. I hope you find as much enjoyment and satisfaction in it as I have.
Welcome to the forum Scott, great to hear from you. Now that I’m retired I get a lot of pleasure from my day when I can sit quietly and play songs on my acoustic. great fun
Hello! I’ve been here for a couple of months and I love it. I also take in-person lessons locally. I don’t like being idle.
Hello Tony, yes I get a ton of joy from playing
Hi Scott, great story, thanks for sharing! Looking forward to hearing more as you progress
Welcome Scott. I am originally from Ireland but have been living in the Chicago area the past 4 years. Have fun on your guitar journey!
Thanks nzmetal. As in New Zealand? And Eddie, Ireland. Two places I would love to visit.
Welcome. I’m originally a Chicago-area guy; grew up in LaGrange, lived most of my adult life in Wheaton (working in Naperville) before moving to Minnesota for a second career. I always wanted to play when I was a teen, but had neither the time (always had a job outside of school) nor the money. Finally was able to take it up as a retiree. Justin’s the best.
Yes, spot on! Hope you get the chance to visit one day!
Possibly some similarities in landscape to Ireland I’m picking? Would love to visit there myself too!
Well Mark, I grew up in Forest Park and currently live in Brookfield.
Hi Scott, welcome to the forum!
Hello and welcome to the community Scott.
Sounds like there is plenty of music knowledge there, I hope you enjoy your guitar journey.
I am currently in Evanston but possibly moving back to Europe this year.
Hi Scott, welcome. Learning to play guitar looks a great way to spend retirement time. All your previous musical experience should help you. Enjoy your guitar time.