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Learning to play the guitar online Am I too old

I went to the bookstore the other day and bought one copy of every guitar magazine in sight. It's been years since I've played any "serious" guitar and was eager to find out what was new.

Wow, how things have changed! I'm still able to recognize a guitar four out of five times from the pictures. But the mass of equipment available (e.g. Poly-Chromatic Tuners, a MIDI MuRF, mono phrase loopers, etc.) left me (as the Brits would say) gobsmacked.

Now, if you're like me, a basic guitar and an old tube amplifier were good enough to gain at least a starting position in your neighborhood band. Throw in a couple of foot pedals for vibrato and reverb and you were on your way.

So, at what age are you too old to learn how to play the guitar? Well, first of all, don't let all the new technological gadgets and "add-ons", like those mentioned above, dissuade you. I'm convinced that you're never too old to learn. After all, if you're retired from the workforce, you certainly have the time to practice your lessons.

Consider this. I read an article the other day about a guy who lives in Oregon and is still flying his homebuilt aircraft at the age of 90. To quote a line from the movie, "The Edge", actor Anthony Hopkins says "What one man can do, another can do!" I really believe that, and I think you should, too.

So, it's really up to each person to decide whether to finally pursue a postponed dream of learning how to play the guitar. Or, sit comatose in front of the television day and night. What's it going to be?

It's so easy to come up with excuses for not taking guitar lessons. I don't have the time. I don't have the energy. I don't believe in my ability to learn something like that. This list is virtually endless. Pick any excuse you want.

On the other hand, you can list all of the benefits of taking guitar lessons. Learn a new skill. Jam with your grandkids. How about this? Crank up the amp and blast out the nosy neighbors sitting in their rocking chairs on their front porch across the street from you? That'd be a blast, wouldn't it? (At least until somebody called the cops).

So, how do you get started? Well, you can go down to your local music store and take lessons there from an experienced instructor, or do what I'm doing. In the privacy of my own home, I'm taking lessons online. Go to the link below, and check it out. You'll thank me later. Happy strumming!
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