Hi folks! I decided to revisit old passions for my 45th birthday a few weeks ago and bought myself a Squier Affinity Stratocaster electric guitar (beautiful Brown Sunburst finish). I only briefly played a little during my high school years but didn’t really get far with it (just taught myself a few riffs & song intros, I couldn’t keep a rhythm going or learn any chords). To my frustration, the free 3 month Fender Play trial card that came with my guitar starter kit doesn’t work here in Kuwait but the silver lining of that is I went searching for other online learning courses and several sites highly recommended Justin Guitar.
Honestly, I didn’t expect to get very far or make much progress as it was extremely frustrating when I was younger and I thought it would only be that much harder now. To my surprise, the web site course is the most professional and intuitive online learning program I’ve ever come across (love the practice tool and the songbook collection). I could never memorize things easily, but having gone through the first 4 modules in the course, I’ve memorized the 6 chords so far just by following along with the lessons and practicing every day between 1-2 hours. I’m also playing the 3 awesome riffs comfortably, and playing along with 6 songs (4 of them pretty decently). It’s amazing how much practical music skills are introduced in the first few modules in such an easy and digestable way and more importantly I’m playing actual songs!
I thought I’d be embarrassed to show anyone my mediocre guitar skills, but I’m so happy with my progress, I played 2 Bob Marley songs for my teenage daughters! To my surprise, they didn’t run out of the room screaming with their hands over their ears and they started to ask me all about guitar playing.
So all in all, it’s been an unbelievable experience so far, and I hope to keep playing for months and years ahead. I’d love to be able to play some rock and blues and seeing that they’re being introduced in the upcoming modules/grades has me excited to learn them!
Looking forward to continue learning and growing my guitar playing skills alongside you all!