May take a break
Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:00 PM
Posted 31 July 2012 - 01:30 PM
Maybe take a break from lessons but lessons dont mean much if you cant play a song. Find a simple tune to work on be it from TABS or Chords. No fun if you cant play a tune.
Try, Amazing grace.
Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:18 PM
Here is an example with chords and lyrics
Posted 31 July 2012 - 05:05 PM
Good luck and stick with it.
Posted 31 July 2012 - 06:34 PM
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the reason you find it hard to practice is because you don't enjoy it.
I have found that there is an assumption out there that because one enjoys listening to guitar it must necessarily follow that one will enjoy playing the guitar, and that just ain't so, IMHO.
FWIW, I think that those people who are successful at learning guitar are the ones who enjoy the entire process, albeit with bouts of frustration along the way.
If the effort you are putting in is not worth the payoff to you, then maybe it's not for you. It's supposed to be fun--not a second job--right?
The one thing you might want to reassess, though, is the curriculum your teacher is following. I also started in middle-age, and my first guitar teacher immediately had me working on songs. My second week we started on Knockin' on Heaven's Door (G, D, Am7, G,D,C) and then Cinnamon Girl (D, Am, C, G). That got me hooked, so when it came time to learn barre chords and scales, etc. I was eager to learn. On the other hand, if I had started with one of those first grade books learning how to play Mary Had A Little Lamb on one string I don't know that I would have kept at it.
Whatever your choice, don't beat yourself up over it. If you have a strong desire to make music and decide that guitar is not your thing, there are still plenty of other instruments out there--maybe one of them would be more to your liking.
"The fault lies not in our [guitars] Horatio, but in ourselves."
Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:16 PM
Clancy pointed to a great song to learn, it's an easy chord progression, easy strumming and you can slow it down if you like.
Before you break, I'd advise to learn at least one easy song that you really like to sing or hum to, and then decide how you feel about guitar.
when I started out, I learned by playing real slow, what I call "dead slow" and locked in the chord progression. Then brought the tempo up very slowly until I could change chords in tempo and smoothly.
I wouldn't rush anything new, and I'd hope you consider learning just one song before you decide to take a break, (from which it might be hard to return). Hang it there.
Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:42 PM
Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:54 AM
I agree with working on songs. It shows good progress when you learn one all the way through. Learn the notes can be very tedious. You don't have to spend hours on this task. Spend just five minutes a day and before you know it you will have mastered all the notes. Do the same with your strumming technique and it will all come together.
Glad to hear you haven't given up.
Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:47 AM
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 02:53 AM
Normally I wouldn't add a post, because there's been so much supportive advice already. But I can't help myself!
I can relate to your plight, and you're right, it does have to do with older fingers and more things for the brain to think about. The kids have it so easy with a lot less responsibility and so much free time on their dextrous hands.
Your hand will come good, but educating them may take a little longer than if you were eighteen. And please, always remember that you're teaching your hands, not forcing them. I can vouch that my hands at sixty four aren't as good as they were at twenty, but they're good enough to play guitar. I just have to be a bit more patient.
And the motivation? Well it takes a bit of a hit when you think you should be able to play like a professional but you're still struggling with the simple stuff. It's my opinion that the majority of beginners give up, and the reason they give up is because they don't feel any success, no matter how hard they try. They spend hours each day learning chords and practicing scales, and then when they consider their progress they can still only play chords and scales. Hardly music is it?
I was lucky, because with grand kids I had an interest in simple stuff like nursery songs. Not what you'd play on stage, but every song an achievement, and that achievement is all the motivation I needed to continue. Of course it'll probably take me another ten years before I can play any real music, but it's an enjoyable hobby. (I also grow bonsai ... that's pretty slow too, but enjoyable.)
I'd like to see you relax a bit more about your progress, Set small goals and make easy time frames. It's not a race. Try some really simple stuff like the others have suggested, and I promise you'll never be criticized for whatever little achievement you make. Look back from time to time and revel in the fact that you are better than you were when you started.
Above all, continue to share your experiences with the members of the forum and don't be too tough on yourself.
Keep in touch.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:25 AM
I hope everything works out for and you will be back soon.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 06:42 PM
Unfortunate, but like the others, hope things work out for the best.
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