Newbie from rural france

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Little Owl

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Hello all,

I am a 54 year old woman living in rural France and I subscribed a little more than one week ago.

I've been thinking about learning how to play the guitar for a while, and the defining moment came after watching a video on YT where a couple was enjoying their log cabin, the woman playing the guitar and them both singing. I didn't like the song, but that did it, it gave me the kick to find a guitar and a guitar course. I love to sing, and my aim is to be able to play songs and sing along. I listen to a lot of different music styles, among them rock music, and bluegrass country (discovered a few years ago).

I played a few years of classical Clarinet (stopped because that was not the thing for me and I was just not practising enough so making no progress), and learned Music Theory. That will help a bit.

Would you believe that until a week ago I didn't know there existed two types of acoustic guitar : steel string and nylon string. I confess a strong dislike for the classical nylon string guitar so what a joy to discover the steel string !! At last I understood why I liked the sound of acoustic guitar in American music better.

How did I come to Guitar Tricks ? I first watched a few popular guitar channels on YT, then I saw the 5 introductory lessons from Lisa and I found them very well made, detailed, explanatory. It seemed that the course offered here would be a real course, progressive, with a real teacher and that is what I wanted. I am not disappointed.

A big thank you to Lisa for her lesson on guitar sizes : I am 5ft 1in tall and of course I first bought a second hand dreadnought (a Dia from the 70s, made in Japan in the matsumoku factory). I can play it, but it feels like rinding a bike with 28 inches wheels ! After seeing Lisa's lesson I bougth a Sigma 00 15M and it feels much much better to play it. I also bought an electric guitar for the days with sore fingers : an Epiphone Les Paul Express (apparently the teenagers love it, very playable - I am still waiting for it to be delivered).

Before I started I was really afraid : what if I can't bear the pain on the fingertips, etc. I practice everyday but I am making sure to follow the lessons at my rythm, take the time to build the calluses, I stop when it hurts too much, I don't want to rush it. I was happily surprised by my ability to perform the spiderlegs warm up with the pinkie - I think teaching myself to type with 10 fingers at a young age may be helping. I also feel reassured after reading the testimonies of other women saying how happy they are of their progress in a few monts.

There it is, a fairly long introduction. I am very happy to join this global community of music lovers !

The only real failure is the failure to try.

#1

Hello all,

I am a 54 year old woman living in rural France and I subscribed a little more than one week ago.

I've been thinking about learning how to play the guitar for a while, and the defining moment came after watching a video on YT where a couple was enjoying their log cabin, the woman playing the guitar and them both singing. I didn't like the song, but that did it, it gave me the kick to find a guitar and a guitar course. I love to sing, and my aim is to be able to play songs and sing along. I listen to a lot of different music styles, among them rock music, and bluegrass country (discovered a few years ago).

I played a few years of classical Clarinet (stopped because that was not the thing for me and I was just not practising enough so making no progress), and learned Music Theory. That will help a bit.

Would you believe that until a week ago I didn't know there existed two types of acoustic guitar : steel string and nylon string. I confess a strong dislike for the classical nylon string guitar so what a joy to discover the steel string !! At last I understood why I liked the sound of acoustic guitar in American music better.

How did I come to Guitar Tricks ? I first watched a few popular guitar channels on YT, then I saw the 5 introductory lessons from Lisa and I found them very well made, detailed, explanatory. It seemed that the course offered here would be a real course, progressive, with a real teacher and that is what I wanted. I am not disappointed.

A big thank you to Lisa for her lesson on guitar sizes : I am 5ft 1in tall and of course I first bought a second hand dreadnought (a Dia from the 70s, made in Japan in the matsumoku factory). I can play it, but it feels like rinding a bike with 28 inches wheels ! After seeing Lisa's lesson I bougth a Sigma 00 15M and it feels much much better to play it. I also bought an electric guitar for the days with sore fingers : an Epiphone Les Paul Express (apparently the teenagers love it, very playable - I am still waiting for it to be delivered).

Before I started I was really afraid : what if I can't bear the pain on the fingertips, etc. I practice everyday but I am making sure to follow the lessons at my rythm, take the time to build the calluses, I stop when it hurts too much, I don't want to rush it. I was happily surprised by my ability to perform the spiderlegs warm up with the pinkie - I think teaching myself to type with 10 fingers at a young age may be helping. I also feel reassured after reading the testimonies of other women saying how happy they are of their progress in a few monts.

There it is, a fairly long introduction. I am very happy to join this global community of music lovers !

The only real failure is the failure to try.

LynnS1951

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Joined: 04/03/21

Posts: 34

Thanks for the story, Owl. I moved to the country when I was the age you are now. I wish I'd thought to learn guitar then! Now I'm seventy. I'm five months in and a huge fan of the custom-written songs Lisa uses in her lessons. I'm now at the point where I don't sit in front of the computer and play along with the videos. For now I'm using all the songs of Fundamentals 1 to hone my tone and strumming. My calluses are good for an hour and a half a day.

Playing the chords of a song a bunch of times before trying to sing along, and then looking at the lyrics while strumming, with just two very early songs, I'm amazed how well I remember the tunes and it's actually easier to sing than when I'm slavishly trying to match Lisa's metre.


#2

Thanks for the story, Owl. I moved to the country when I was the age you are now. I wish I'd thought to learn guitar then! Now I'm seventy. I'm five months in and a huge fan of the custom-written songs Lisa uses in her lessons. I'm now at the point where I don't sit in front of the computer and play along with the videos. For now I'm using all the songs of Fundamentals 1 to hone my tone and strumming. My calluses are good for an hour and a half a day.

Playing the chords of a song a bunch of times before trying to sing along, and then looking at the lyrics while strumming, with just two very early songs, I'm amazed how well I remember the tunes and it's actually easier to sing than when I'm slavishly trying to match Lisa's metre.


Jim Stanford

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Joined: 08/29/21

Posts: 19

Love the story, Little Owl. Welcome aboard!!

Yes, I think for all of us that are not-quite-teens anymore that we are learning a lot. I signed up earlier this week myself and have finding all kinds of gaps in my knowledge that, so far, Lisa has addressed in the Beginners lessons.

Now I would not ever have anyone bear the burden of trying to listen to me sing, but I have no problem letting my neighbors hear the amplifier. LOL. (I am a good neighbor and wear my headphones religiously.)

Anyway, welcome aboard. It's great that we have several of us in the not-quite-teen generation on here learning. Makes it that much more enjoyable for me to know that I am learning with others near my own generation who enjoy this amazing instrument we call "guitar".

2020 Ibanez RG421 w/ Evertune bridge, 2010 Ibanez SA-120 (modded with locking tuners and Seymour Duncan pickups), 2018 Epiphone Les Paul Special, 2019 Yamaha Pacifica 112J, along with several acoustic guitars.

2008 Line 6 POD 2.0, Boss Katana Air, Boss Katana MkII 50-watt.

N-Track 9.1 Digital Audio Workstation software, Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Gen 3.

Mainly into blues and southern rock, but checking out all styles on GuitarTricks.

#3

Love the story, Little Owl. Welcome aboard!!

Yes, I think for all of us that are not-quite-teens anymore that we are learning a lot. I signed up earlier this week myself and have finding all kinds of gaps in my knowledge that, so far, Lisa has addressed in the Beginners lessons.

Now I would not ever have anyone bear the burden of trying to listen to me sing, but I have no problem letting my neighbors hear the amplifier. LOL. (I am a good neighbor and wear my headphones religiously.)

Anyway, welcome aboard. It's great that we have several of us in the not-quite-teen generation on here learning. Makes it that much more enjoyable for me to know that I am learning with others near my own generation who enjoy this amazing instrument we call "guitar".

2020 Ibanez RG421 w/ Evertune bridge, 2010 Ibanez SA-120 (modded with locking tuners and Seymour Duncan pickups), 2018 Epiphone Les Paul Special, 2019 Yamaha Pacifica 112J, along with several acoustic guitars.

2008 Line 6 POD 2.0, Boss Katana Air, Boss Katana MkII 50-watt.

N-Track 9.1 Digital Audio Workstation software, Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Gen 3.

Mainly into blues and southern rock, but checking out all styles on GuitarTricks.

LisaMcC

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Joined: 11/02/06

Posts: 3696

Welcome, Little Owl, Lynn, and Jim!

it is wonderful to hear from each of you. I am so delighted you are enjoying the lessons, and maybe finding out that learning guitar can be a fun and enjoyable experience!

I am very pleased to be your teacher.

Be well, Lisa

Lisa McCormick, GT Instructor
Acoustic, Folk, Pop, Blues

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#4

Welcome, Little Owl, Lynn, and Jim!

it is wonderful to hear from each of you. I am so delighted you are enjoying the lessons, and maybe finding out that learning guitar can be a fun and enjoyable experience!

I am very pleased to be your teacher.

Be well, Lisa

Lisa McCormick, GT Instructor
Acoustic, Folk, Pop, Blues

Full Catalog of Lisa's Guitar Tricks Tutorials
Find Lisa on Facebook!

Little Owl

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Wow Lynn, I am impressed ! Congratulations, and thank you for showing me the way (one hour and a half a day is great). I am also practicing "Let's Walk Downtown" on my own without screen and it is easier to concentrate that way.

We moved here (from Belgium - tiny country to the North of France) eleven years ago and I wish I'd decided to learn guitar then ! But learning online wasn't so easy back then (especially with my, hum, rural connection). Anyway, better late than never :-)

Thank you Jim, and I am lucky that my neighbours are too far away to hear me ;-)

And thank you Lisa !

The only real failure is the failure to try.

#5

Wow Lynn, I am impressed ! Congratulations, and thank you for showing me the way (one hour and a half a day is great). I am also practicing "Let's Walk Downtown" on my own without screen and it is easier to concentrate that way.

We moved here (from Belgium - tiny country to the North of France) eleven years ago and I wish I'd decided to learn guitar then ! But learning online wasn't so easy back then (especially with my, hum, rural connection). Anyway, better late than never :-)

Thank you Jim, and I am lucky that my neighbours are too far away to hear me ;-)

And thank you Lisa !

The only real failure is the failure to try.

Sore.fingers

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Joined: 07/15/21

Posts: 48

Hello Little Owl, nice introduction. Enjoy your guitar journey. I'm absolutely convinced that you've come to the right place.

Lisa's lessons are absolutely fabulous. You'll be surprised how fast you'll learn some great tunes.

A big Belgian welcome

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Hello Little Owl, nice introduction. Enjoy your guitar journey. I'm absolutely convinced that you've come to the right place.

Lisa's lessons are absolutely fabulous. You'll be surprised how fast you'll learn some great tunes.

A big Belgian welcome

Little Owl

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Originally Posted by: Sore.fingers

Hello Little Owl, nice introduction. Enjoy your guitar journey. I'm absolutely convinced that you've come to the right place.

Lisa's lessons are absolutely fabulous. You'll be surprised how fast you'll learn some great tunes.

Thank you sore fingers ! I agree and I am really enjoying myself !

Originally Posted by: Sore.fingers

A big Belgian welcome

No kidding ? Where from ?

The only real failure is the failure to try.

#7

Originally Posted by: Sore.fingers

Hello Little Owl, nice introduction. Enjoy your guitar journey. I'm absolutely convinced that you've come to the right place.

Lisa's lessons are absolutely fabulous. You'll be surprised how fast you'll learn some great tunes.

Thank you sore fingers ! I agree and I am really enjoying myself !

Originally Posted by: Sore.fingers

A big Belgian welcome

No kidding ? Where from ?

The only real failure is the failure to try.

jrosenberg1978

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Joined: 09/14/21

Posts: 1

Hi all, novice guitarist been playing on and off and uncertain which "budget" guitars are good value for money for all round versatility. From some research I think I have narrowed down to a few options but just need some advice from someone with a bit more knowledge. Any help is appreciated.

Options:

Schecter omen extreme 6 diamond series
Ibanez TM302
Ibanez RC320
Ibanez ART120QA
Ibanez ART120
Squier Affinity Telecaster® Electric Guitar
Epiphone Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar
Epiphone Les Paul Studio LT

Any other recommendations welcome

thanks
Jarred

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Hi all, novice guitarist been playing on and off and uncertain which "budget" guitars are good value for money for all round versatility. From some research I think I have narrowed down to a few options but just need some advice from someone with a bit more knowledge. Any help is appreciated.

Options:

Schecter omen extreme 6 diamond series
Ibanez TM302
Ibanez RC320
Ibanez ART120QA
Ibanez ART120
Squier Affinity Telecaster® Electric Guitar
Epiphone Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar
Epiphone Les Paul Studio LT

Any other recommendations welcome

thanks
Jarred

Sore.fingers

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Posts: 48

Originally Posted by: Little

No kidding ? Where from ?

The most known city nearby is Aalst, somewhere between Ghent and Brussels.

#9

Originally Posted by: Little

No kidding ? Where from ?

The most known city nearby is Aalst, somewhere between Ghent and Brussels.

Little Owl

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Joined: 08/24/21

Posts: 18

Originally Posted by: jrosenberg1978

Hi all, novice guitarist been playing on and off and uncertain which "budget" guitars are good value for money for all round versatility. From some research I think I have narrowed down to a few options but just need some advice from someone with a bit more knowledge. Any help is appreciated.

Options:

Schecter omen extreme 6 diamond series
Ibanez TM302
Ibanez RC320
Ibanez ART120QA
Ibanez ART120
Squier Affinity Telecaster® Electric Guitar
Epiphone Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar
Epiphone Les Paul Studio LT

Any other recommendations welcome

thanks
Jarred

Hi, I can't help you there but I wonder if you didn't mistakenly post in this thread ? Maybe you should start a new thread to introduce yourself ? Or post in the gear forum ? Thx.

The only real failure is the failure to try.

#10

Originally Posted by: jrosenberg1978

Hi all, novice guitarist been playing on and off and uncertain which "budget" guitars are good value for money for all round versatility. From some research I think I have narrowed down to a few options but just need some advice from someone with a bit more knowledge. Any help is appreciated.

Options:

Schecter omen extreme 6 diamond series
Ibanez TM302
Ibanez RC320
Ibanez ART120QA
Ibanez ART120
Squier Affinity Telecaster® Electric Guitar
Epiphone Les Paul Studio Electric Guitar
Epiphone Les Paul Studio LT

Any other recommendations welcome

thanks
Jarred

Hi, I can't help you there but I wonder if you didn't mistakenly post in this thread ? Maybe you should start a new thread to introduce yourself ? Or post in the gear forum ? Thx.

The only real failure is the failure to try.