Just like to say a big CHEERS to all the folks on here, I don't think you all realise how much help and motivation you give absolute novices like myself.
4 weeks in and I'm astonished how far I'm come in such a short period, I was really expecting it to take about 6 months to get where I am now.
I've settled into an hour a night practice but I often pick the guitar up and quietly strum with my fingers if I'm bored which is quite often. 10 minutes just practicing scales to warm up the fingers, then 20 minutes practicing open chords (changing from one to another as quickly as possible and also playing slowly and checking for finger positioning) and then 30 minutes on a few songs, for me that balance is about right. I really need to start on F and B tho!
One problem is that my fingers have already hardened up but the tips are grooved and not flat, this causes a problem because after 20 mins or so the grooves get so deep that I cant get the strings firmly on the frets and this causes a lot of vibration!
Is there anyway around this?
Also are there any finger exercises you can do when not on the guitar to help strengthen and loosen them ready for the F and B?