Congrats on picking up your guitar again.....you won't regret it and sounds like you are having fun which is great.
I've only been playing about a year, so i'm no teacher or someone with huge experience to give, but i would say get yourself onto Ultimate Guitar Tabs
for getting used to some songs that you recognize. However remember that those submissions are exactly that, tabs and chords submitted by anyone. They
can be wrong or something to be improved upon.
I make sure i play mine for even just a few minutes a day, never have it in a case (always hung up so i can see it) and play what you love.
Always start slowly. Many people are in such a rush to play fast, they too often start off that way. Slowly and lots of practice. Theres a reason you
can do your shoelaces up without looking....you have done it a million times.
Members like Dave will be able to advise better than me, but also take care when deciding to get a better guitar. Thats not an "if", it's a "when"
lol. GAS (guitar acquisition syndrome) hits ever player at some point.
Don't fall into the trap of being pressured to by a top name just because someone else has one, it might sound great in their hands, but you may hate
it. It's YOU that will be playing it. Guitars are so individual, even two of the same models with the same build and woods can sound so different. I'd
advise just going to a guitar shop with a good selection, playing everything in your budget and see how they feel and sound.
Of course some manufacturers are more renowned for their quality, and some are more famous than others (Gibson, Taylor, Martin & Co etc), but again,
you could play a £3000 Gibson and think it's sounds rubbish.
I started off with a cheapy Yamaha, the day i wanted to upgrade, i heard an elderly guy play it like a demon! Have never got rid of it, but have
brought a couple more since.
I just spent a lot of time learning the basics, i followed Justin Guitar's programme for a while, found that very handy as a beginner.
If you want to play in public, no matter what the audience size, i'd recommend doing it asap, or at least play around others. Yes you'll mess up, yes
you'll forget things, but you'll get used to the art of performing. It can be a very nerve racking experience if you've not done it before. Often
though, most in the audience will not even notice if you mess a chord up or forget something.
Most of all, just enjoy it. You do get a few...actualy a lot of guitarists that like to show off, it has been said that a guitarists ego is a huge
thing indeed, but i like to think thats not always the case.
The best bit about learning the guitar, or at least i found, was being able to pass on my knowledge of just a few chords and techniques to my kids,
who have now gone on to be better than i am.
It really does amaze me when people say they could never play the guitar, with just a little patience and good advice, they could be playing in
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