I am a 47 year old woman who is hoping to venture into learning to play. I have always wanted to learn to play the guitar as I love music and am desperate to be able to play. I had a brief attempt at learning in my late teens/early 20's when a friend started teaching me but then they moved and became involved in a serious relationship and the lessons kind of stopped.
I then have spent well over 20 years wanting to play but not being able to. Rather bizarly for someone who cannot play, I have got three guitars, an acoustic Spanish made Alhambra, a red Squier Strat and a black Stagg Strat copy and it is incredibly frustrating sitting looking at them but being unable to do anything with them. The acoustic was my original guitar, I then purchased the Squier when I decided a couple of years ago that I really wanted to take up learning again and the Stagg was bought for £30 from Gumtree to be used as a decorative piece for a music evening that we hosted at home. I appreciate that they are all only cheap guitars and consequently probably not very good but I am hoping they are going to be good enough to get me started as I do not have a big budget to buy anything else at the moment.
I have now decided to really try and find someone to help me learn and to have some lessons with as although I have got books and suchlike, I do feel some lessons would be a massive help to get me started. I am also looking into doing some of the Justins Guitars lessons as I have heard very good things about them. I really do hope that I can learn as I would love to be able to play. I realise that at my age I am never going to be a marvellous player as it takes a lifetime to reach that standard but I would certainly like to be able to give it a go.
A few facts about me:
Age : 47
Guitars : Acoustic Alhambra, Squier Strat, Stagg Strat Copy
First live gig attended : Don McClean concert at Fairfield Halls Croydon
First big gig attended : Dire Straits Live in 85 at Wembley
Musical influences : Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Gary Moore
Styles : Blues, rock
I hope that this tells you a little bit about me. I really do hope that I can learn and that I am not too old. I know that guitarists do largely seem to be men but I dont see why I cannot give it a go, even if I am a middle aged, overweight woman!!
Any comments, ideas or suggestions as to how I can progress, any comments on my guitars or any kind of help are all very gratefully received - any help would be great!!