I am in much the same boat as BoneDaddy.
I tried to learn this time by learning chords and strumming songs with straight quarter notes. Then I started using a Fingerpick book for beginners and learned a couple patterns. When it got hard, I stopped using the book until I get hungry for more (which is about now). I printed out a million Chordies songs (and other sources) and have been playing them either strumming or fingerpick style.
I do not attempt to recreate a song the way played by the original artist. Not usually, anyway. I am just now trying to do that with some simpler songs. The first one I've taken on in that way is Changes in Lattitudes, Changes in Attitudes by Jimmy Buffett because it's mostly just a syncopated strum with only a couple of 'signature' riffs.
I have got a pretty solid strum and if I concentrate and practice can change up the patterns or learn a new one fairly quickly. I have a couple of fingerpick patterns that I can play but struggle immensely with playing a bass line and treble line simultaneously (that's when it got hard and I stopped using the book until I had fully integrated the earlier lessons). I am working on learning F, F#m, and Bm as barre chords. I can play Bm as an open chord by avoiding the low E and A strings. I need to learn it as a barre chord because it will make certain songs a lot easier to play.
I have no skills at picking out a line. I have also just ordered a scales book. I do not relish practicing scales but recognize it as some dues that must be paid to get me to the quality of play that I desire.
Summary: open chords are solid, a couple fingerpick patterns are solid, strumming is mostly solid if I don't go too fast (though I'm usually far to busy with my strumming). Current things to work on, new fingerpick patterns with simultaneous bass and treble lines, F, F#m, Bm shaped barre chords, and scales.
I practice daily for anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours, depending on how life is treating me that day. If my progress stays what it has, I will have all the basic skills I'll need within another year to eighteen months. Then it'll just be developing a style and sound and applying the skills to different music styles.
Granted B chord amnesty by King of the Mutants (Long live the king).
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