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You, and Guitar: Why Now?

I am going to take a wild guess about you:
You have held a desire to play guitar in your heart and mind for many years.

And now, you are deciding to take it seriously,
and embark on the journey of learning and practicing,
and maybe most of all, taking time for yourself and your love of music.

So, my question for you is:
Why now?
What is it about NOW that inspires you to really go for it?
Watch the video, then please leave your thoughts in the comments below!

17 Responses to You, and Guitar: Why Now?

  1. Jerry January 1, 2016 at 9:29 AM #

    I am 77 and have wanted to play guitar for years. This is the number 1 thing on my bucket list. I saw one of your lessons on the internet and decided to give it a try. Hope old men can still learn at my age.

  2. Stephanie January 1, 2016 at 9:45 AM #

    I had a guitar when I was a kid and took only a few lessons. I now have been taking piano lessons for 6 years and at my age 55 has not been easy, even tho I love it. When my Uncle came to visit this summer we had a long conversation about music and learning to play different instruments as he is very talented. He then gave me one of his guitars for my birthday! I was thrilled and so I have started learning how to play it.

  3. Ernest J. Walker January 1, 2016 at 12:27 PM #

    Hey there Lisa! I was glad to run across this blog! I subscribed to Guitar Tricks over a year ago and I really like the site! I always wanted to play the Guitar, but the fretboard and forming chords always made me quit? Now, I am trying it again and need all the help I can get to stick with it! Happy New year to you and I love your playing and teaching style!

  4. Roy Tugman January 1, 2016 at 8:18 PM #

    Hi Lisa

    Thank you for your interest and caring. If you recall I did not start learning to play until I was 70 a couple of years ago. My motivation was two fold. one I have always wanted to play music but not really had the time to give it the commitment it deserves and still have to make time for it. Two after you retire I believe the worst thing you can do is just set on the couch and wait for the grim reaper to come. So I exercise my body by still doing manual work and walking my dog. He is a big Lab and needs a lot of walking. Also, I am told that the brain needs to be exercised everyday also and that playing a musical instrument is very good for it so that is how I got into the guitar business.

    With limited time and lazy days I still can not play but I have learned some cords and keys and am currently learning how to finger pick the Merle Travis pattern. My biggest problem right now is fretting changes and I may not over come that as my age is showing up in finger dexterity. So I believe my objective is sound and whether I ever really become good or not I will keep trying because the bottom line is I believe it is good for me and sometime it is fun.

    Roy

  5. JERRY January 1, 2016 at 8:50 PM #

    Hi LISA.

    Playing guitar is something I have tried to do for years.But lack of time has and is my worst enemy.I also am left handed.

    Thanks for the free lessons.I signed up with Guitar Tricks once for a year but was not able to utilize it do to time, so I will not pay for lessons until I have more time.

    Best Regards

    Jerry

  6. john choban January 2, 2016 at 4:51 PM #

    i just want to play to the world and hope they enjoy my music

  7. Barry January 2, 2016 at 9:33 PM #

    After 40+ years away from the guitar it was time to get back to an old friend!!

  8. Gene January 2, 2016 at 9:58 PM #

    I always wanted to play the guitar so when I retired in 2009 I bought a guitar.This year I will turn 70 and I want to improve

  9. Karen January 3, 2016 at 11:03 AM #

    Why now? For many reasons, but I’ll confine my answer to the top three:
    1. Three years ago, my 37-year old niece decided to take up the banjo and I still had the sweet little 1963 Gibson I took lessons on as a child (I’ll be 60 shortly). I thought we could learn to play songs together.
    2. I had new-found time and was amazed at the online opportunities for learning.
    3. I discovered Lisa on Guitartricks.com and haven’t stopped playing since (though my niece set aside her banjo dreams for now).
    OK, maybe just one more…
    4. I always admired people who play an instrument and didn’t want to be a musical bystander anymore. In life, timing is everything….it’s the right time, with the right tools and the right instructor.

  10. robin January 3, 2016 at 4:01 PM #

    lost wife and daughter lonely lots of spare time

  11. Christopher Baker January 5, 2016 at 11:11 AM #

    I really wanted to learn how to sing. My girlfriend who sing, and perform in band, always complain about them not practicing, or playing the music she like. I thought if I take singing lesson, I should take guitar lesson, so I could always play what I like. I like performers of “70”, because they could do show just with their acoustic guitar. (My Dream) I fell in love with the guitar, and try to practice everyday. Now singing is second place, but still like to learn. One more thing, why did I wait so long?

  12. Charles January 5, 2016 at 11:36 AM #

    Why now? Because 1. I am not getting any younger, 2. I’m retired, and 3. my life is on autopilot and in a deep rut. ALso, I hope learning to play the guitar at 72 years of age will help me keep my mind sharp.

  13. Richard January 14, 2016 at 3:33 AM #

    I am giving it a next shot hoping to nail it this year. I’ll try to go all the way this year.

  14. Richard January 14, 2016 at 4:41 AM #

    I been trying for years

  15. Steadwick January 14, 2016 at 6:29 PM #

    I have been playing guitar for many years and I still have to play by looking at the chords. I have been through many of your video lesson and have learned a lot. Now I want to be a professional guitarist and sing and praise God and with my singing and guitar playing bring many souls to Christ.I love to sing Gospel songs.

    Thanks
    God Bless

  16. Artrhur Hall (arthur 03) January 16, 2016 at 6:44 AM #

    Hi Lisa,,

    I thought that the ‘getting started with guitar’ was a supplementary to the guitar tricks main site, to which I am already subscribed. We have communicated through the forum you may recall I was having trouble with changing chords whilst fingerpicking. However I have gone back to part two of the core system and going through the scales and onward. i was too far ahead of myself! – Impatience! I love your teaching methods you are so explicit and so easy going really great.
    Thanks a bunch,
    Regards, arthur03 (the 84 yr old Mark Knopfler wannabe!)

  17. Artrhur Hall (arthur 03) January 16, 2016 at 6:45 AM #

    Hi Lisa,,

    I thought that the ‘getting started with guitar’ was a supplementary to the guitar tricks main site, to which I am already subscribed. We have communicated through the forum you may recall I was having trouble with changing chords whilst fingerpicking. However I have gone back to part two of the core system and going through the scales and onward. i was too far ahead of myself! – Impatience! I love your teaching methods you are so explicit and so easy going really great.
    Thanks a bunch,
    Regards, arthur03 (the 84 yr old Mark Knopfler wannabe!)

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