If i have to point out two things that really stands out in this forum i would have to say that the learning log and the AVOYP stands out.
All good with the other threads, but with those two you kinda get to know people better.
So on that note (no pun intended ) i want to make a better introduction (or a learning log) for my self, since i am spending quite a bit of time in the forum surfing around. My introduction first time around to this forum was a bit slim to say at least.
My Name is Trond, 43 years old. I am an Norwegian, and live right outside Oslo.
I started on my second attempt with guitar January 2021.
I had one attempt in my early 20s. Bought a Stagg Dread, with no plans or a clue on how to learn playing that guitar. Tried too learn the intro on Nothing else matters,without too much succsess. So my Stagg was soon to be forgotten, until last year.
Restrung it and had another go.
First some other not too good apps and sites, and some of them was terrible. Dont even remember the name from most of those sites. And then i stumbled over Justin on youtube.
So started out with his app, and were quickly able too strum along in the song app. My first song was the same as so many other in this forum. Bob Marleys three little birds. I did not realize that the full course was on the site before i was done with the Beginner course on the app. So now i have just started the 3rd grade. Im very much «on and off» on the courses, sometimes i go quickly through some grades, other times i spend a long time consolidating different things.
But i am probably not the «best» Justin student out there im not very «structured» and its not everything on the course i have bothered spending too much time on, and sometimes i have to go back again and relearn stuff.
But in a weird way i think i am somewhat moving forward. Or… i am moving forward, 13-14 months ago i did not know how to play a single chord.
I also tried a guitar teacher last year as a supplement. But that did not work out. He was just not even close to the whole Justin experience, so i ended that after two sessions. It was just way too expensive compared too what i got out of it in the other end.
I have jammed a couple of times with people waaaay better than me, and that is the way to go being a better guitar player in my opinion.
So do i have any specific guitar goals? I think they have somewhat changed. 20 years ago i wanted to learn guitar so i could play at parties etc.
1 year ago it was just too see if i were able too learn a few tunes and see were that journey ended.
Today, after i have becomed a total «guitar junky» i just want to be as good as i possible can be. And to me it does not really matter how long that takes. Its all about small steps along the way in this lifelong journey that it has becomed the last year.
I will never be a Mike McCready or John Frusciante. That train left the station a loooooong time ago, or to put it in a another way… the train never arrived to the station in the first place
I do want too be a much better strummer, i think strumming sounds fantastic when its dynamic, but for me its a long way to go, but some day i will be there.
That said, i think fingerstyle also sounds amazing, so i say yes to them both.
And i am going to take up music theory. I can see the huge benefit of that.
I dont really have a very set schedule. I play everyday. 1-3 hours most days its closer to 3 hours. Some days even more.
I start up with 5-10 minutes with just doing slow perfect chords.
2-3 minutes with those chord changes i find difficult.
Then i usually spend a few minutes with some scale playing.
I also have a 12 bar blues that i am doing a lot just to warm up the fingers and get going.
Other than that i am just playing songs. I probably have a good 7-10 songs i try to learn playing at all times. Some of them is impossible for me at this stage, but some of them becomes easier to play after a while.
Often i have learned a spesific song that i really like, and after a while finds out that this is not for me and just forgets about it and throws it away. Other times there is songs i never really liked, but changing them up a bit and suddenly im in love with them.
I probably have about 15 songs i can play ok, and about 15 other that i can not play ok. And out of those 15 i have 5 i really really love and consider my «signature» songs. And those 5 i play a lot and always trying to improve.
To me its all about playing songs. I dont have the patience to practise intricate guitar parts, i find it a bit boring actually. I need to play songs and sing them. I dont fall in love with songs by just play them on guitar.
I really had a moral boost after putting out a AVOYP here on the forum. That really pushed me closer to my «endgame» to play for other people, How and where that will happen i dont know. But someday i will play a song live for some people.
So i would strongly reccomend everyone to do a AVOYP. It really is a good thing.
My Stagg is retired. The action and playability was horrible.
I went through a couple of guitars the last year. Bought a few and sold most of them again. I got myself a PRS angelus after i retired my old Stagg. A Fantastic guitar in every way.
unforunatly i was stupid enough to sell it in a very very weak moment, in order to fund a
a Gibson J-15.
i am very weak for a good looking Gibson😁 and i think all Gibsons look good!
Did not try before buying, huge mistake!
Did not like it at all. The sound was not right and the short neck did not fit me at all. So sold it again the next day🤣
Now i have a Martin D-10E Road series, the cheapest solid wood Martin available, it sounds amazing and has a powerful sound to it.It is so nice to play. The neck is close to a perfect fit, and i love it to death. That one is a keeper, had that for 8 months and that is the guitar i play all the time.
I actually have 2 Martin’s a Martin D-15 streetmaster, a really really cool looking guitar with its worn out look, its a much more expensive guitar than my D-10. i sold my vinyl collection this fall due to lack of space. So i invested all those money into this guitar.
I had that Martin for 4 months now, and its just recently i have «connected» to it. I was determined to sell it. But now i really like that guitar and love playing it.
So thats a keeper as well. I dont see me need any more acoustics than those two.
So that is me and my very very short guitar journey uptil now.
One thing i am pretty sure of is that i will continue to play guitar for the rest of my life.I have put way too many hours down to put the guitar in the closet now
i really enjoy spending time in this forum with all you good people. Love the vibe.