Hi Everyone. I’m Linda from Queensland, Australia. I’ve been a member of this site and the old forum for a few years. I’ve never had the guts to introduce myself though, despite reading most of the threads and seeing how kind and supportive this community is. But with the forum migration underway I thought I’d take the opportunity to jump-in and say Hi, rather than over think it.
As for the guitar playing, I need to jump-in to that too! I’ve wanted to learn the guitar for as long as I remember, and now I’m nearing 40 it’s feeling well beyond time that I give it a real go. I’d love to be able to strum some songs in a recognisable fashion, and one day play some finger style. Nothing crazy, I just want to be able to pick up the guitar and enjoy the music.
I did try to learn once before, but only for a couple of weeks. I have a habit of getting down on myself, so that attempt didn’t get far, and the guitar got given away pretty quick. But this nagging feeling inside me that I still wanted to learn to play has never gone away.
Earlier this year I bought a guitar again, and I love it. Not that I play it !! Every time I walk past the guitar I want to pick it up… I am totally inspired to pick it up, and sometimes I even do pick it up… but I don’t dare play it… it’s like I fear ruining it… both the very gorgeous guitar… and my dream of learning to play it. It’s kinda crazy how twisted up I’ve made learning to play the guitar seem in my mind!
But anyway, I’m determined to actually pick up the guitar and start learning to play it by sticking with Justin’s Course. I don’t want to over-think it anymore, I just want to relax and enjoy the process. Relax and enjoy the “music.” If anyone’s got any advice, or thoughts going forward, I’d love to hear them. Or if anyone’s managed to overcome their own perplexing fear of learning the guitar I’d love to hear about that too.
I’m going to try to stick around this place if thats alright. I might try and post about my progress and pitfalls and hopefully you all can help me stay accountable and keep perspective… Or maybe my struggles can help someone else… that’d be neat.
Anyway, a big thanks because I think this little (or not so little) community you’ve all created is pretty special… and that everyone from Justin and the ethos behind his guitar lessons, all the way through to the community moderators, regulars, and members should be proud of this little corner of the internet!