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About randyh1953

  • Birthday 09/19/1953

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  1. As soon as I'm free from a private instructor, I'm going to restart my LMG program again with renewed vigor, hopefully. I fumbled around with myself procrastinating with the work, using every excuse I could think of but since about 3 months ago I been doing outside help with an instructor and it's helped. At the end of the year I hope to resume the program and proceed at my own pace.
  2. I might check with Sweetwater on cost of the mini-hog with the ES-2 in it. thanks for all your inputs, guys.
  3. I really appreciate the replies and I have been enlightened yet again about age and old references and I really shouldn't use my age as an excuse for not learning anything. I applaud Diane and Henk for their accomplishments and youthfulness, gives me hope. FWI my 66th will occur on the 19th of this month and I'm doing pretty good for the shape I'm in. I'm losing weight, blood sugar's in check and getting better, and I'm learning to embrace the "suck". Thank you, my friends.
  4. Neil, the instructor wasn't interested with my other studies and didn't even like the way we hold our pick so I'm letting that slide as much as I can but might cut him loose if he gets in to my new guitar money too much. He's also pushing TAB on me so that's a strike or two on him. I'll see how many foul balls he gets. ha ha
  5. Hi, gotta question for owners of that instrument. Is it possible to put a sound hole pickup in those? I'm thinking about getting a mini hog after a certain phase of study but it hinges on putting an M1a or a mag-mic in it. I don't want the one that Taylor makes to slide into the hole. I've heard left handed players complain that it's not adjustable and suitable for lefties. I tried one of those little guys and was surprised how easy they were to play. What are your thoughts on this little dude?
  6. Hello peoples. This is Randy and I think I've solved my guitar learning problem. At first I was hesitant to say anything because I didn't know whether it would work or not , but I was in love with the idea of playing the guitar but not the work part of learning. I was fooled by thinking I couldn't embrace the "suck" part of starting a new experience when I just plain didn't want to do the work. I finally pulled the trigger and signed up for some lessons, thinking I'd be accountable for doing the work. Well, I'm starting my 3rd month with this guy and I'm doing pretty good for the shape I'm in, being old and all that. (66) later this month. I'm picking up my guitars a lot more and working on stuff. My plan is to stick with lessons until I can't afford them and then get back to LMG material, nothing wrong with this material, I just needed a little push to get juicy about learning again. being right handed and playing left handed has posed a problem. Strumming is awkward and holding a pick is hard but I'm convinced I'll work it out. Wish me luck.
  7. I appreciate each and everyone's comments and realize that no one can will me to get enthused to do the work it takes to learn guitar or any instrument for that matter. It's really up to me whether I want this bad enough to put in the work. I need to embrace the journey and enjoy each small victory and successful stumbling block I jump over. I've got good study material, good instruments to play, a place to practice, did I mention I'm retired and have quite a bit of time on my hands and a wife that's very encouraging about my practicing. I got no excuses, just need to decide if I want this enough to do it, it's up to me. Thanks people!
  8. Thanks Bryan. I am my worst enemy of my journey, I hate to suck at guitar. I've played drum set for 50-some years and hate to be lowly at another instrument. After saying that, I realize how crazy that sounds, makes no sense at all.
  9. I've done the first 4 sessions and got some open chords down but haven't done any work to speak of in 8 months or so. No good excuse, just not motivated. I play drums in church praise band for 15 years and would love to branch out to guitar and singing in service. I start LMG in 2007-8, if I had applied myself then, I'd be something by now.
  10. I've been a subscriber to Acoustic Guitar once for half dozen years and recently one year. I've kept the issues for reference material just in case I should happen to understand anything in it, which is why I keep cancelling my subscription. I truly enjoy the articles of new guitars coming out although I can't afford hardly any of them and can hardly play the 3-4 guitars that I already have. Right now the magazine is just guitar-porn to me. I've gotten thru #1-5 but haven't done any work in a good long while. But the idea of playing guitar just keeps nagging at me. My question is when will I start understanding the content of AG enough to consider taking it regularly again? I'm hoping the magazine would encourage me to go forward in my journey but hasn't yet.
  11. This really helped. Chatty but he had a lot of things that made sense. The easy songs really perked my ears, there's a butt-load of song books on Amazon just for that in different styles. Maybe a little success is all I need to get excited about learning again.
  12. Hello Greg and whoever else would like to add to this thread. I have a Seagull S6+ LH, made in 2004, bought it used on eBay for $200. Love everything about it except the tuning machines; they are small and don't seem too stay in tune and I just don't like them. Was thinking about upgrading to a larger knobbed Gotoh gold machine, might take the attention off my awful playing. Is the size of peg hole 10mm? I don't want to have to ream the holes out, I want to upgrade with something that fits the headstock as is. Make sense?
  13. After making a schedule of available time in my day, I find I have a lot of time since I'm retired. I sat down at my stool and picked up a guitar, dusty ol thing, and it felt foreign to a point of terror to me. I think that's natural since I haven't touched a guitar in a year. I'm starting over from scratch, I guess.
  14. Thanks for all the uplifting words guys n gal(s), I really appreciate it. My problem is I've played drums for what's now 51 years and I'm fairly efficient at it. It kills me to suck at beginning guitar level, don't know what to do about that. And I'm missing the first joint of my left index finger, (I'm right-handed) it's awkward. I've seen guys play with their feet in videos, I've entertained thoughts of playing dobro or weissenborn and think that's limiting as far as instruction is available. Nobody's fault but mine. I'm retired, got time on my hands, got good enough instruments and a loving wife who would love hear me play. I'll try to follow y'all's suggestions about starting little at a time and embracing the "suck", no other way to put it, it's all on me. Thanks again people.

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