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Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
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Darlo Debs 3:10 Sun Sep 17
Anyone on here.....
Learned to.play an instrument in.later life.?

I am.learning the guitar....
Mostly with the help.of YouTube videos. If anyone on here can pass in any handy hints and tips it'd be most appreciated.

I.know 4 chords but am.really struggling with reaching some if the chords. C major is a real.bastard.

Cheers in.advanxe

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Bungo 9:17 Tue Sep 19
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How do you know when your drummer is at the door?

chim chim cha boo 4:14 Tue Sep 19
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As a drummer the best advice I could give you is to stop.

Darlo Debs 12:26 Tue Sep 19
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Billy yes I have had a lesson and am.hoping to have some more when finances permit

BillyJenningsBoots 12:02 Tue Sep 19
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I took up the guitar earlier this year after 4 or 5 years playing Ukulele... I've treated myself to a guitar teacher and started with an electric rather than accoustic. It's worth learning some of the theory around the fretboard.. a bit of an eye-opener when you realise how barre chords work up and down the fretboard.

Darlo Debs 11:39 Mon Sep 18
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Collyrob abso-fucking-lutely not .

Tbh I sm.surprised it took.that long for some on here to come up.with such filth :-)

yngwies Cat 9:47 Mon Sep 18
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Best of luck Debs.

Give it a year and you'll be knocking out bubbles.

DagenhamDave 8:32 Mon Sep 18
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Theres no magic to it. Basically play scales and chord changes over and over and over again. In a few years if you do this every day you'll be decent.

zebthecat 8:29 Mon Sep 18
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Bungo 1:44 Mon Sep 18

Another vote for these.
I have a Pacifica fat strat and picked it up for less than a hundred quid second hand and it is decent quality and very playable.
Depending on what guiitar you are after Fender Squiers are a pretty good as is Epiphone if you'd prefer a Gibson on the cheap.
Both can be bought seconf hand for not a lot and they are great value for what you get.

mallard 8:00 Mon Sep 18
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Another Tip is to avoid hitting the top string unless you’re playing an E or a G.

It sounds awful!

Dick Shaftsbury 7:31 Mon Sep 18
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collyrob 2:18 Mon Sep 18


ray winstone 2:46 Mon Sep 18
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Here you go… 😁

collyrob 2:18 Mon Sep 18
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Any videos of you strumming it Debs?

Bungo 1:44 Mon Sep 18
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Darlo Debs 9:48 Mon Sep 18

The Yamaha Pacifica has long been regarded as an excellent choice as a first electric.


Personally I would buy second-hand from eBay or Reverb as there are many available out there at frankly unbelievably good prices, but buying new from a shop will give you a lot more chances to ask lots of questions, both at the time of purchase and later on as they inevitably crop up.

Do you have a guitar hero or genre that you wish to head towards? This will also help inform other choices along the way.

Swiss. 1:41 Mon Sep 18
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Debs try this


Swiss. 12:20 Mon Sep 18
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I used to play mainly bass guitar and some 6 string up until my late 20s. I sort of picked things up again when my boys hit around 8-10 and went to Saturday band sessions. I got my eldest a second hand Fender for 400 quid. As mentioned cheap guitars are harder to play. Their fret boards are are crudley cut and the strings will be higher from the board so you will need a lot of pressure hold down a chord.

So a lot depends on budget. A Yamaha will be OK but personally I'd go to a shop that sells 2nd hand ones and ask their advice. You may get a bargin like I did.

I can whomail their name but it's in Chelsea.

Darlo Debs 9:48 Mon Sep 18
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Hi all ..thanks for the tips. Blindman I was recommended to get a yamaha which I might get after Xmas...

Ray I.like that tip.about learning to play my favourite song.....

Eerie....see you can be nice to me .

blindman 7:43 Mon Sep 18
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Hiya Debs. Been playing classical guitar for 50 years. Have only ever owned one guitar - a Yamaha that was second-hand when I bought it. That one Eerie recommended looks like a good starter but I'm sure you'd pick up something decent second-hand for 50 quid. Just make sure the neck is straight and the action isn't too high.
Don't be put off by the unnatural stretch you have to make for some of the chords. It will come. Use your little finger for the top E (i.e. bottom string)when you play a G chord - it makes transitioning to 'C' much easier. Bottom E, i.e. top string, use ring finger and A string, use middle finger. As soon as you've mastered half a dozen chords, start learning some simple picks - it will open up a whole new world. Lastly, pick up the guitar at least once a day, if only for 10 minutes or so.
Good luck!

joyo 5:19 Mon Sep 18
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Eerie has blown a good few 6 to 12 inch instruments and wind over the years

ray winstone 11:48 Sun Sep 17
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When I first picked up a guitar (when I was 25) the best advice I had was to pick my favourite song, find out the chords and learn to play them, your familiarity with song will make it easier to take in.
Mine was The River by Springsteen, by learning just those few chords opened up many other songs for me.

Try not to practice more than about 20 minutes a day, not only will it be less boring but your fingers will get sore until you build up some callouses.

BTW, if your favourite song is American Pie, pick something with less chords. 😁

Eerie Descent 11:25 Sun Sep 17
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Practice, practice, and loads more practice. Absolutely no easy route, at your age and wanting to learn quick you just have to do the boring hard yards of repeating 3 chords over and over again for as long as your patience runs out, then change up the 3 chords. Eventually, it'll just click, but it'll take a lot of time.

Buy this, the best, easiest to play most beautiful little guitar for not a lot of dough. You will thank me later.


Wils 10:57 Sun Sep 17
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I took up the piano in my 40s. Started learning alongside my son. We are both currently at grade 6 (out of the 8). He is 15 this year and I just turned 50.

I had the same anxiety as you about starting in later life so I read Alan Rusbridger's Play It Again. His book is about returning to the piano in his 50s rather than starting out afresh but he speaks to lots of people including neuroscientists about what the brain is capable of in later life and I found it all reassuring that I wasn't wasting my time. Although members of my household who listen to me practice may disagree. There is brief video where he talks about the book https://www.theguardian.com/music/video/2013/jan/11/alan-rusbridger-chopin-video

What I would say is learning alongside someone much younger you do notice how much more effort you need to put in to progress. My son learns new pieces so much faster and with much less practice than I do. Also we have been away from the piano for a couple of months and have just returned to it. I noticed my pieces were very rusty and I had to relearn sections to get back to where I was. He sat down and played them first time without too many mistakes. So although there is nothing stopping someone from learning in later life you have to accept your brain is not as malleable as it once was so progress takes more effort.

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