Topic: 62 year old trying to teach myself Guitar
Hello all, my name is Tony and I am a new member. I retired this year and I am 62 years old and trying to teach myself to play the acoustic guitar. Being on a limited budget I bought a $100 guitar to learn on. I have had my guitar for about 3 weeks. I would like to learn a few simple songs to at least prove to my wife that I'm not totally crazy trying to learn to play at my age. I have also wasted money on two EZ-Chord guitar plastic slider things. One screws onto the neck and the other slides up and down the neck. After trying them both I realize that I am not really playing guitar using these things. My problem is changing chords. I have tried some simple two chord songs. ( Tom Dooley and Ring of fire ) I can't seem to get my fingers to change cords without getting dead sounding notes. I have been reading everything I can get my hands on that's free on the Internet about playing guitar. I found your forum doing a google search. I was wondering if my problem could be because my guitar has steel strings. Should I change my strings to nylon to learn? I live in a small town and we don't have a music store close by. I was wondering about adjusting my strings lower so they will easier to press.
Can someone please help me and suggest how I can speed up my chord changing problem? I know I have asked a lot of questions in one topic and I'm sorry I just want to learn to play something that sounds like a real song.
I better learn to play fast, I'm already an old fart.