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Old 06-02-2008, 02:41 PM   #1
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Default I've always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but ...

I'm 30 years old ... is it worth even starting to spend the money to get started?

Little back story I guess ... I have friends that have played musical instruments their whole lives and when I told them on my 30th birthday that my goal was to get decent with a guitar, they all told me that the older you are, the harder it is to learn an instrument ... especially someone like me (they meant that I have a reputation of getting frustrated easily if I wasn't naturally good at something ...)

So has anyone here taken up playing a guitar at age 30+ and actually stuck with it enough to be decent? I am not looking to be the greatest ever, but I would love to be able to play a few songs well enough to just sit back and relax with it ...
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:41 PM   #2
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uh, it aint hard. With practicing 3x per week, you could get pretty decent in a year.
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:44 PM   #3
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Just play guitar hero more
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:46 PM   #4
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that is my problem ... I am the WORST Guitar Hero player ever

I can get half way through medium before I attempt to destroy the guitar
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:47 PM   #5
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that is my problem ... I am the WORST Guitar Hero player ever

I can get half way through medium before I attempt to destroy the guitar
GH has NOTHING do to with actually playing a real guitar.
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:48 PM   #6
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:48 PM   #7
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I'm 30 years old ... is it worth even starting to spend the money to get started?

Little back story I guess ... I have friends that have played musical instruments their whole lives and when I told them on my 30th birthday that my goal was to get decent with a guitar, they all told me that the older you are, the harder it is to learn an instrument ... especially someone like me (they meant that I have a reputation of getting frustrated easily if I wasn't naturally good at something ...)

So has anyone here taken up playing a guitar at age 30+ and actually stuck with it enough to be decent? I am not looking to be the greatest ever, but I would love to be able to play a few songs well enough to just sit back and relax with it ...
I decided the exact same thing. The only thing holding me back is the time to dedicate to getting started, and practicing.
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:49 PM   #8
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that is my problem ... I am the WORST Guitar Hero player ever

I can get half way through medium before I attempt to destroy the guitar
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GH has NOTHING do to with actually playing a real guitar.
I was joking to get a reaction from Satan.
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:50 PM   #9
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I was joking to get a reaction from Satan.
ha, I wasn't reacting to you (I assumed you were joking of course) I was reacting to the OP perhaps taking you seriously.
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its easier than ever with online instruction courses and instructional DVD's.

expect to spend around $300 for a decent guitar - get a crap one and you'll just get frustrated.

even if you don't play "metal", the Metal Method DVD's are a great place to get started. i'm old and had them on cassette back in the day.
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:52 PM   #11
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I have had people staying it is easier to learn on an electric, but I prefer the sound of an accoustic ...

I was given a really crappy guitar by an uncle years ago (it has collected dust in a closet), but I figure if I want to be serious, I should probably buy something better ... any specific guitars I should be looking at?
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:03 PM   #12
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I have had people staying it is easier to learn on an electric, but I prefer the sound of an accoustic ...

I was given a really crappy guitar by an uncle years ago (it has collected dust in a closet), but I figure if I want to be serious, I should probably buy something better ... any specific guitars I should be looking at?
its easier to pick things up faster on an electric, however, its BEST to learn on an acoustic. it forces correct hand positioning and placement. if you learn on an electric, youre mistakes are easily drowned out by the noise of the amp/distortion/effects/etc.

whats your price range?
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:09 PM   #13
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I don't know what my price range should be ... I don't want to buy the best just because I can, but I figured $500-$1000 could get me a great guitar to learn on and still be able to keep for a while ...

Sound about right?
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:12 PM   #14
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$1,000 will get you one of several hand-made Gibsons or a really, really nice Epiphone. Do not go buy a $1k guitar until you're sure it's something you enjoy. I would spend $200-300 on an "alright" acoustic to start.

You'll eventually want an electric, at which point, expect to spend $1k, plus accessories.
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:18 PM   #15
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:19 PM   #16
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:26 PM   #17
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$1,000 will get you one of several hand-made Gibsons or a really, really nice Epiphone. Do not go buy a $1k guitar until you're sure it's something you enjoy. I would spend $200-300 on an "alright" acoustic to start.

You'll eventually want an electric, at which point, expect to spend $1k, plus accessories.
^^^ this is true.


also - if you are looking for a great acoustic that will last you while, check out the lower end martins, or even a Breedlove. I was on a mission to find a great acoustic last summer for under $1000. I played about 5 or 6 different breedlove models. they were great guitars, really bright sounding, the necks felt fantastic in my hands (i prefer the larger necks too) and the fretboards were like butter.

however, what i settled on was a Martin 000CX1E (although mine was labled DX10E, i think it has a different preamp). the Martin's sound was much warmer than the Breedloves. I like a very rich, warm, inviting tone, and it was exactly what I was looking for. I played this against a few of Gibsons J-series jumbo's, and while the Gibsons had more bass than the Martin, the Martin outshined them in all other aspects. It really had a more balanced tone across the fretboard than the $3000 guitars i was comparing against.

but, every guitar sounds different (even if its the exact same model). plan on spending a couple of hours (or more) at the music store, test everything out in your price range. trust me, youll know from the moment you play which guitar is for you.

EDIT: also I forgot to mention that the Martin has a solid spruce top, but the sides are treated composite mahogany so it is less sensitive to weather and altitude changes, which will give you a more consistant tone.
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:32 PM   #18
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:32 PM   #19
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that is my problem ... I am the WORST Guitar Hero player ever

I can get half way through medium before I attempt to destroy the guitar
I know very good guitar players that are terrible at guitar hero, it's no kind of barometer.

If you're not looking to be a rockstar and just want to learn to learn, it's not too late until you're dead. What do you have to lose?
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Wow, that kicks the crap out of guitar hero.
I know! I want this verrrrrrrrrrrry badly!! It says it is due out in late 08....
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:43 PM   #21
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I know! I want this verrrrrrrrrrrry badly!! It says it is due out in late 08....
So you plug your real guitar into the game? What platform is it supposed to run on?
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So you plug your real guitar into the game? What platform is it supposed to run on?
taking a wild guess here.....





PC.














duh?
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:45 PM   #23
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I was given a really crappy guitar by an uncle years ago (it has collected dust in a closet), but I figure if I want to be serious, I should probably buy something better ... any specific guitars I should be looking at?
You might want to wipe the dust off the old thing and see what a guitar shop can do to improve it. If it's less than $250 of work.. do it. Let the guitar shop know that your other option is to buy a newer guitar in the $300 range and get it tuned up a bit.
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i'd just like to add that getting into guitar is a great idea and you will love it. you'll immediately be the life of parties etc even if you can just strum a few chords. imagine going to a christmas party and being able to play/sing fairytale of new york, or being able to play bob marley jams at the beach.
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:53 PM   #25
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1. Buy Guitar.
2. Go to instrument shop and ask for low action with no buzz.
3. ???
4. Profit.
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