#1
Hello Everyone,
Ive been learning guitar for about 14 months now and loving it. I'm 38 so it's never too late to learn something new. I have struggled and persevered through and now understand a heck of a lot more than I did and sound much better than I did a year ago.

Now I am like...where do I go from here? I love playing others music but it's still a bit difficult to play songs or parts of songs. I don't have time like I would have had when I was a teen and none of my friends play...

I basic read up on differant styles and type of music and learn bits of songs or solos. I wouldn't have the time or patience to learn all the songs I use to like.

Is it okay after just a year to just listen to the style of music I like and try to write my own stuff instead of learning get how to play certain songs.

Is this common in newbies? Am I going off the track or is this common?

Any recommendations?

Cheers
Bri
Last edited by Boatz43 at Dec 1, 2014,
#3
Hi Tony
Honestly, I like everything! Woody Guthrie to Vampire Weekend. I guess I'm going in the right direction then. I like both acoustic and electric and have most basic chords and barre chords sorted.

For example, I can play all of wish you were here but have a difficult time country electric stuff.
#4
Quote by Boatz43
Hi Tony
Honestly, I like everything! Woody Guthrie to Vampire Weekend. I guess I'm going in the right direction then. I like both acoustic and electric and have most basic chords and barre chords sorted.

For example, I can play all of wish you were here but have a difficult time country electric stuff.


OK, find something that really grabs you and work at it until you have at least learned something new in the way of technique. I've been playing for 50-odd years, and I'm currently working on Bert Jansch's "Blackwaterside", purely by ear. It's putting me into a whole new world of chord voicings and moving fast between them. I think you have to have a goal and work towards it.
#5
I always recommend to all my beginner students that they learn 10 songs from start to finish as their first major guitar playing goal. I then teach them a mix of songs that are suitable for a beginner and songs that they want to learn.

I recommend you aim for your ten songs. There are so many guitarists that learn loads of techniques but can`t play songs. If you learn the songs, you will be learning loads of techniques as a by product.

One you have learned 10, then you can keep going as you are, specialise in any areas, or get lessons off a few different teachers to see what excites you.
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