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Scrump Guitar: can an old dog learn tricks? (63* d) RE: Guitar: can an old dog learn tricks? 15 Mar 07

I find with most types of learning, you need some sort of objective you want to achieve, over and above the learning itself - this may not apply to everyone, but it does to me.

For instance, sometimes I think I'd like to learn a new computer language, but I find it difficult to motivate myself until I think of something I want to use it for. If I have something in mind that I want to achieve, I find it easier to learn, by doing a practical example. In effect, I learn the language by attempting to write something in it, making mistakes and correcting them. At the end, I will hopefully have a pretty good grasp of it, and have achieved what I want.

The point of saying this is that if you hear a tune or song that you'd like to play, you could find out how it's played - it may be in a different tuning, or using chords you don't know, etc. Mudcat is a good place to find out the information you need to get started. Then you can slowly work at it until you can play the tune/song.

That's me rambling on a bit, but I hope it helps a little.

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