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#1
Hey everyone, first post on this forum which I'm pretty sure will be my new home on the internet : )

I turned 21 years old in July and I've been considering playing the guitar for about 3-6 months or so and finally just bought one--a Taylor Big Baby to be more precise which seems pretty sweet. I can sing fairly well and have been told I sound similar to Ben Gibbard; the lead singer of Death Cab For Cutie, which I am sure you are all aware of.

Anyways, I want to get REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY good at the guitar. I want to master the hell out of this thing! I want to be able to write my own songs and join a band, and hopefully make an album. It took me 21 years to find out what I really want to do, but this is it. I've only played it for a week or so now, but I am loving every single second of it.

I just feel like starting out at 21 is pretty old when I hear of all these people starting at 8, 10, 13, 14, etc., and by the time they are 21, they are musical gods, lol. Do you guys think it's a pretty late start and that my chances of becoming really amazing and joining a good band before I am too old are shot, or do you think I have a chance?
#2
Quote by OmniGuitar4
Hey everyone, first post on this forum which I'm pretty sure will be my new home on the internet : )

I turned 21 years old in July and I've been considering playing the guitar for about 3-6 months or so and finally just bought one--a Taylor Big Baby to be more precise which seems pretty sweet. I can sing fairly well and have been told I sound similar to Ben Gibbard; the lead singer of Death Cab For Cutie, which I am sure you are all aware of.

Anyways, I want to get REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY good at the guitar. I want to master the hell out of this thing! I want to be able to write my own songs and join a band, and hopefully make an album. It took me 21 years to find out what I really want to do, but this is it. I've only played it for a week or so now, but I am loving every single second of it.

I just feel like starting out at 21 is pretty old when I hear of all these people starting at 8, 10, 13, 14, etc., and by the time they are 21, they are musical gods, lol. Do you guys think it's a pretty late start and that my chances of becoming really amazing and joining a good band before I am too old are shot, or do you think I have a chance?


No - ok i'm not 21, im 16, but was 15 when i started. Nearly got a band together in college already, even though my mate on guitar2 has been playing for years and can play the likes of Maiden and Dragonforce (some of it), we are still in the band together. I can't shred, he can, doesn't make me a bad guitarist though, and I can still pick things up from him when playing our own or other peoples songs. Just practis and practis and practis. It will come to you in time, and the more you practis, the quicker you will improove.
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#3
Just practice loads. Tom Morrello started at 18 and practiced for 8 hours a day.
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#4
not at all, it's never to late to start, all you can do to get good is practice practice practice, there is no easy way.
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#5
Dude, you have like 50 years left to live (probably more).


You are still a youth. Go for it!
#6
Dude it doesn't matter how old you are, if you want to make a living out of playing music it's all about how well you play your instrument. Just keep practicing and working hard, then once you've got some of the basics down, try jamming with other people and see what happens.
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#7
lots of practice, learn your theory, and GET A ROLE MODEL! mine is tommy emmanuel, if youve bought an acoustic, then you may want to check him out, hes great.
#8
to reach a level of skill to be able to join a band, you don't have to have been playing very long. take Joe Satriani and Adam Jones. Both are amazing guitarists, but Satriani is amazing because of his technical skill, Adam Jones because of his creativity (and of course his ability to play in polyrythyms).

I think that within a year you can reach a leven of skill that will enable you to play simple songs in a band, but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication, and practicing right, WITH A METRONOME! I cannot stress this enough, PRACTICE WITH A METRONOME. one of the most important things as a guitarist is knowing how to keep a beat, so this needs to be practiced ALWAYS.

If you want to start learning guitar, I suggest you at first take easy bands like System of a Down (first two albums), Green Day and so on to play, get a feel for the guitar and build up strength in your fingers. Then you can move to full chords, then get into lead playing, soloing and finally into shredding, if you wish.

This is the order in which I learned, and i found it to be the best way to learn if you wish to play in a band soon. Start simple rythym guitar, then more complex rythym guitar, then simple lead guitar and complex lead guitar.

so onwards, my 21-year old student, and overcome the world of guitar by storm!


EDIT: one more thing, if you want to play electric guitar, don't practice on your acoustic forever, you're gonna need to get one sooner or later, and i think sooner would be better.


EDIT2: damn that was a long post.


EDIT3: i'm off on a date, if you have any questions feel free to PM me.
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#10
Holy crap this forum rocks--you people reply like madmen. I go get some food and then I see all of these responses; SWEETNESS!

I've read all of the posts two times each and I thank you all for the words of advice and encouragement. I will be doing/applying a lot of what you guys said. I also forgot to mention that after I get really good with the acoustic, I'd like to play the electric guitar as well. Probably will end up playing electric more than acoustic, but I'd like to play both.

Lol, I know they are both guitars and pretty much work the same way, but I thought I'd mention that in case you guys have something to point out about it or anything.
#11
it dont really matter how old you are as long as you have the time to pratice and you want to learn
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#12
Sounds like you hvae more ambition than most who picked it up at 10.. They are USUALLY very easily distracted anbd don't practice too much. Hell the first couple of years I played i didn't practice enough. You sound really committed and dedicated. Get yourself a good teacher and you'll be on the right track.
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it dont really matter how old you are as long as you have the time to pratice and you want to learn


I agree with this to a certain degree. I think it would suck starting at 40 or 50 or so because then I probably couldn't join all the young, cool bands anymore, hehe.

The cool thing is I look young as hell. When I ask random people or they volunteer the information they say I look about 15 or 16 years old. No one has ever said I look older than 16 years old and I am 21, lol.

Most people that look young don't really like it, but I love it.

So I guess if I look at it this way I am really starting at about 15 or 16 years old, LMAO.

Also, my family typically has very long livers, a lot of them in the 90's and one made it to one week before 100th birthday. I've never done drugs, drank, or any of that, so on my end I'm doing everything in my power to live a long life, but we shall see.

Haha, so I am kind of starting young. Weird post, I know, please forgive me, but someone please reply to this one as I want to see what you guys have to say.

P.S.

Depending on my hairstyle, and how I dress, I can pull off 13-14 no problem.
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Sounds like you hvae more ambition than most who picked it up at 10.. They are USUALLY very easily distracted anbd don't practice too much. Hell the first couple of years I played i didn't practice enough. You sound really committed and dedicated. Get yourself a good teacher and you'll be on the right track.


Yeah... i started when i was 10 but i didn't seriously start until a few months later.

Now I'm 16 and I'm pretty happy with my level of skill. Although, like everyone else I'm still pushing to get better.
#15
Dude I am 22. I started playing bass at about 18, and really only got my own guitar at about 20.

The answer is practise and have fun.

And to practise, first look at what sort of music you want to play and then learn some songs from your fave band.

After that, think about scales. UG has some good lessons, go to the main site and have a gander.

You are never too old. Remember: FUN.


I think I have natural talent for guitar because I'm left handed and I use that hand to pleasure myself. Seeing as I started playing after most of intense masturbating-teen years, the dexterity was already there.
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Dude I am 22. I started playing bass at about 18, and really only got my own guitar at about 20.

The answer is practise and have fun.

And to practise, first look at what sort of music you want to play and then learn some songs from your fave band.

After that, think about scales. UG has some good lessons, go to the main site and have a gander.

You are never too old. Remember: FUN.


Good post man, and you are definitely right about fun, that's what it really is all about!
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practice, practice, practice. save the cheerleader, save the world.
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practice, practice, practice. save the cheerleader, save the world.


Interesting post @ save the cheerleader, save the world part--I sense that you randomly said this yet somehow it makes perfect sense to me and I will do those things

Ya, I'm strange, hehe.
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Nah you'll be fine. Age has little to do with it. My older brother just started learning this past summer. He just decided he wanted to learn it. He's 51. He may not join any "young" cool bands but hey us old farts are cool too.
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#20
Jack Black started at 21, look at him now, you'll be fine as long as you get fat and funny.
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No - ok i'm not 21, im 16, but was 15 when i started. Nearly got a band together in college already, even though my mate on guitar2 has been playing for years and can play the likes of Maiden and Dragonforce (some of it), we are still in the band together. I can't shred, he can, doesn't make me a bad guitarist though, and I can still pick things up from him when playing our own or other peoples songs. Just practis and practis and practis. It will come to you in time, and the more you practis, the quicker you will improove.

I'm sure if you didn't quote him, we would've figured out who you were talking to.
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Interesting post @ save the cheerleader, save the world part--I sense that you randomly said this yet somehow it makes perfect sense to me and I will do those things

Ya, I'm strange, hehe.

holy ****, you're a HEROE!!!

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oh c'mon, does no one watch Heroes? . It's the best thing I've ever seen.
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Yea I felt the same way, I started at 19 and I'm 23 now. But that's definitely not the case. I mean after 4 years I'm nothing special by any means, but I've reached a level where I don't get frustrated learning new songs.

It doesn't take technical skill to be a great musician, just look at singer/songwriters such as Howie Day or Damien Rice. All you need is a catchy riff and a story to tell (this applies for starting a band too).

If you really insist on being a great guitarist though, I suggest getting lessons. You won't fall into the trap of picking up bad habits, you'll progress quicker and ultimately, be less frustrated starting off.

Good Luck Man!
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#24
you're never too old to play an instrument, you are however too old to be on this site with all these horny teenagers scouting for quick hump... and now that I think of it, so am I(20)
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you're never too old to play an instrument, you are however too old to be on this site with all these horny teenagers scouting for quick hump... and now that I think of it, so am I(20)


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Yea I felt the same way, I started at 19 and I'm 23 now. But that's definitely not the case. I mean after 4 years I'm nothing special by any means, but I've reached a level where I don't get frustrated learning new songs.

It doesn't take technical skill to be a great musician, just look at singer/songwriters such as Howie Day or Damien Rice. All you need is a catchy riff and a story to tell (this applies for starting a band too).

If you really insist on being a great guitarist though, I suggest getting lessons. You won't fall into the trap of picking up bad habits, you'll progress quicker and ultimately, be less frustrated starting off.

Good Luck Man!


Thanks for the advice, as much as I would not to take lessons and just go on my own, I know it will be in my best interest, so I will do it.
#27
Look up Frank Zappa and watch him play. He started playing at 19. Fair enough your older but still the point stands. It's never really too late.

Yeah some guys might have been playing since they were 12 (i was 15 i'm now about to turn 17) but it doesn't make much difference. It's not a competion. Don't give up.
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Look up Frank Zappa and watch him play. He started playing at 19. Fair enough your older but still the point stands. It's never really too late.

Yeah some guys might have been playing since they were 12 (i was 15 i'm now about to turn 17) but it doesn't make much difference. It's not a competion. Don't give up.


Will do man, and ya you are right, it's not a competition.
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Dude, NICE avatar!!! Hellsing is one of my favorite anime's of all time!

lol at horny teenagers thing.


Thank you, I completely agree


edit: and I do not want to know your age just to contribute to my illusion of being cool right now
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Jack Black started at 21, look at him now, you'll be fine as long as you get fat and funny.


I'm fat and funny... perhaps what I am lacking is fat and talented ie a Kyle Gas to go with me lol.


I think I have natural talent for guitar because I'm left handed and I use that hand to pleasure myself. Seeing as I started playing after most of intense masturbating-teen years, the dexterity was already there.
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#32
man i started when i was like 15 and i felt like it was too late then, but once you pick it up it gets easier, and after a few months it makes no real difference how long youve been playing for
nothing.
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lots of practice, learn your theory, and GET A ROLE MODEL! mine is tommy emmanuel, if youve bought an acoustic, then you may want to check him out, hes great.


Funny you first associate Tommy with acoustic, I actually got interested in Telecasters because of Tommy Emmanuel because I got started on his electric stuff long before I ever heard him play unplugged.

Threadstarter, I'm 25 and have started playing again in the last year or so, having not played much since high school (and I wasn't much good back then). 21 aint too late to start, and you're old enough to get into all the good gigs for inspiration too.
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#34
If you want to do it,just F*CKING GO FOR IT!!! If its something you really want to do,go for it,dont hesitate or procrastinate,just do it!! Its never too late,as long as you have the time and will power,you can be what you want to be.
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#35
Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes started to play bass when he was 19 and his basslines are insane.
#37
I started at age 26 and have only been playing straight for 8 months. You sound to have a ton of ambition in ya which is good, just really stick to it and don't get discouraged. Figure out the type of music you really want to play and work on it. I downloaded a bunch of Andy Mckee tabs and have been trying a few of his songs. I know its way way over my head but its a goal I hope to accomplish someday if I keep on practicing. Peace.
#38
Hey yeh man I feel the same way. I started at 19 and originally I really wished I'd started earlier, however, I soon realised it doesn't really matter too much. I mean I've seen people play for 5 years and be AMAZING so you've definitely got a chance.

It's still disheartening to see some 13 yr old pwn the Stairway To Heaven solo when you can't play it yet though
#39
i think you have more drive to learn an instrument when youre a bit older. i started learning cornet and tenor horn at primary school, and i used to hate it. yet now i wish i had carried on. i started learning guitar at about 14/15 and i just wanted to play. couple of years back i tried teaching myself trombone, like i did with guitar...but with less success
#40
my dads 49 and started playing guitar last year. he played the star spangled banner for me while i ate cereal before my big cross country race. its possible.
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