Hi guitar friends … where ever you are!
I’m Rainer from Cologne, Germany. I thought it’s time to introduce myself to this kind community.
I started learning guitar at the end of 2018 with Justin’s classic course and later switched to the new structure.
First of all I need to say Thaaaank youuu Justin!!! Without your and your teams great work on course and song lessons I wouldn’t be where I am now.
It was a long lasting (youth) dream. Now I’m 58,… it took a while to make it real
I am not in hurry and used to take my time studying things I’m really interested in. Beyond that I had some breaks due to an accident, to much work, or whatever else - but I never felt to loose the connection to my guitar. Actually I’m still in grade 2 and will move on to module 12 now. Still trying to more regularly find time for complete practice time. Often it’s late in the evening when I pick up the guitar for at least one song. But it’s going on and helps me to calm down.
My first and only guitar is a Dowina Sauvignon GACE DS handcrafted in Slovakia. It was a lot more expensive than I thought at the beginning of searching “the One” for me. But I tried several other ones which didn’t make me smile as this one did and still does. (Meanwhile their price is nearly twice as high as 2018, unbelievable…)
Several years ago I did a lot of Brazilian percussion in a band. Now this helps me a lot in strumming. At least it’s not that hard for me to see what’s going on in strumming. E.g. I had a look at the Wonderwall strumming pattern and it was quite okay.
When I first tried to sing along while playing guitar I was surprised how difficult that was as lyrics are often across the beats. That was Killing me softly… Later I recognized that it’s easier for me to sing and play along instead of play and sing along. What I mean is that playing guitar is the foundation which supports the singing. When my primary attention is on singing it feels better to me. At least for some songs this ‘happens’ to me.
Thanks to everyone who brings music into our world …