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Hi everyone I'm Karen and I've been wanting to learn the guitar forever I am now 49 and if I don't start now I will be devastated. I have plenty of people laugh and say I'm to old but here goes, I will be needing as much help and advice as you can give me thank you for letting me join your comunity x

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Karen,

 

Don't let people get to you. You're never too old to start playing the guitar. We're her to help.

 

Welcome to the forum!

 

Mike

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Welcome, Karen.

What kind of music would you like to learn to play?

welcome to the forum.

 

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Hi Karen.  Why, you're just a kid!  Remember that Harlan Sanders was running a service station that sold food to hungry travelers when he was 40.  When he was 62, he began franchising his business, which became a multimillion dollar business, Kentucky Fried Chicken.  He continued to be a spokesman and a traveling ambassador for the company well into his later years. He died at 90.  So who says you can't succeed later in  life?

 

I'm pretty well self-taught at guitar.  Oh, I had piano lessons as a kid, but when I bought my first guitar from a friend for $10, I was hooked.  This was before tablature became common.  I would by songbooks and single song sheets that had guitar charts on them.  I just put my fingers where the dots were, learning after a while that an "X" meant a muted string and an "o" over the nut image meant open, I began to sing along to my favorite songs.  After a while, I'd buy records and try to play along with them, lifting and dropping the tone arm on specific passages until I could noodle them out.

 

I put away the guitar for a number of years, and when I pulled it out again, the world had changed.  Now, there is software, online videos, and just about anybody who wants to publish a lesson, a book or a song, can do so from the comfort of their living room.  I frequently tell friends that if I'd been playing when the Internet was born, I'd be a #$%^@ guitar god right now!

 

The fact is, I'm back where I started:  I'm playing the guitar in the quiet comfort of my own home, pulling out songbooks, finding chords (I've never learned tab) and songs, and playing for my own pleasure.  Some day, I may join the worship band at church (I've been invited), but for now, I'm learning and playing for me.  Only me.  And I'm a senior citizen!

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