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  • A Newbie…

    Posted by OldDawg on February 15, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    I just joined TAC and started the 30 days this week. I have tried for the last two years to learn from YouTube and some other online instruction. I am curious how many folks here started from zero or just a small notch above zero and what your experience has been. What expectations should I have?

    Cadgirl replied 2 years, 2 months ago 7 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Marty73

    February 15, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    Hey @oldDawg you have come to the right place to learn guitar! There and many that have started at ZERO and are now playing! All it takes is 10 (Ten) min. per day of practice. It works!!! You might call it the “Jenny Crag” of guitar. 😊🧙‍♂️😎

  • Loraine

    February 15, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    Hi @OldDawg Welcome to the TAC community! I had absolutely no experience when I started 1 1/2 years ago, and I’m very pleased with how far I’ve come in my guitar journey. I’m a slow and steady learner, but I can now play several songs, have a great practice routine, know some guitar theory, know scales, improved significantly at chord transitions, learned fingerpicking, flatpicking, and strumming, am currently learning some rhythm guitar and classical guitar, can read tablature and play off tablature and chord sheets, and I’m Learning to read music, I have played and sang in virtual open mics (albeit not as often as others), and there is so much more I’ve accomplished. I don’t think I’d be as far along in playing had I just taken lessons or tried to learn through YouTube. The forums help a lot, because there’s a lot of support and positivity.

    Glad you’re here, and I hope you enjoy the site. Tony’s a great teacher.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  Loraine.
  • campfire

    February 15, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Welcome! I , too, started piano and guitar years ago, then quit. When I retired I decided to try again w/ the guitar. I’ve been w/ TAC for 2 yrs come May. However, I am slow to ‘get it.’ That’s what I love about this program. I used this Forum to vent, ask questions, get a pat on the shoulder, etc. You are not alone in this, ever. My goal is to learn a song or two. Not there yet. But I am taking some of the Thursday lessons and learning to play one, calling it a song.

    Keep at it.



  • Kent_B

    February 15, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    I’m about a week ahead of you with a similar experience of trying to learn off YouTube. So far I’m happy. One day I’m saying my fingers don’t do this, 2 days later, they’re doing it… somewhat. But it’s still better than the 1st day. I’m enjoying it and with only 8 days in, I can hear a difference. The trick is, no matter what, you have to spend the 10 min.

  • OldDawg

    February 16, 2022 at 6:21 am

    Thank you all for the feedback and encouragement. I will keep at it and enjoy the ride (although it can be quite painful for the family to hear). Thanks again!

  • Carol-3M-Stillhand

    February 16, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Hi @OldDawg and welcome to TAC!! One of the very bestest online guitar learning sites around. Once you finish your 30 days, might I suggest you check out the menu of “Skill Courses” in the main menu. It’s like having 1:1 lessons with Tony, and I’m sure you will find something you’d like to focus on. My best advice is to be patient with yourself and stay consistent. Watch for your small wins because you will be making progress without noticing sometimes. Best luck in your guitar journey!!

    To answer your question, I’ve been a TACer for 7 years, almost from the beginning days, and I started with very little skill. I was taking weekly lessons IRL at the time as well and I found the balance extremely helpful to my progress. I’ve been playing since 2013 and am very happy with my level of playing. And being a lifetime member of TAC helps me to stay on my habit of lifetime guitar learning.

    • OldDawg

      February 16, 2022 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you

  • Cadgirl

    February 17, 2022 at 2:40 am

    Hi @OldDawg , I played guitar when I was much younger. Very surprised when I started back what i forgot. I still remembered the chords but everything else was a wash. I think having a routine that I wrote down everyday helped me get back into guitar playing.

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