How long have you played the guitar?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by P Thought, Oct 8, 2016.

How long have you played the guitar?

  1. Less than 5 years

    17 vote(s)
    9.4%
  2. More than 5 years

    8 vote(s)
    4.4%
  3. More than 10 years

    12 vote(s)
    6.6%
  4. More than 20 years

    21 vote(s)
    11.6%
  5. More than 30 years

    29 vote(s)
    16.0%
  6. More than 40 years

    47 vote(s)
    26.0%
  7. More than 50 years

    47 vote(s)
    26.0%
  1. P Thought

    P Thought Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I'm just wondering how long some of you have been at it. For me it's been almost 40 years since I started. You wouldn't know it to hear me!




    Edit: I kind of "re-started" in about 2009, jacking up my playing time, buying more guitars and amps, learning scales and harmonies, joining forums. . . .
     
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  2. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    On April 9th of next year, I will be a guitar player with 50 years experience.
    For better (I think) or worse, it utterly defines me.
    I have been gigging since I was 16, so I have taken every gig I could get for 43 years.
    I still absolutely love the unattainable goal of being the musician I want to be.
    Onward and upward!:)
     
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  3. xland

    xland Tele-Meister

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    I started 2 1/2 years ago, when I was 45 years old. I absolutely love it and wish I had picked it up decades earlier. But better late than never, I guess.
     
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  4. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    36 years. Although you wouldn't believe it to hear me.

    But If I'd really applied myself . . . I wouldn't be any better. In fact I'd have given up long ago. Because that would have turned it into a chore.

    I play for fun. Pure fun. I don't "practise" anything unless I need to learn it. I don't practise scales, don't know notation, don't read music, don't care about any of that stuff.

    I have fun.
     
  5. cntry666

    cntry666 Friend of Leo's

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    29 years. Still gigging and making records. Always learning new stuff!
     
  6. TmyBmore

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    On and off for just over 30 years. Trying to take it more seriously now. Lessons and such. Playing is just enjoyable.
     
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  7. Tele wacker

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    Back before the Beatles came to America I would borrow my aunt's guitar. I barely knew how to tune a guitar then. Christmas of 1964 my parents bought be a cheap Belton acoustic. It was awful but I learned a few things. I bought an old Silvertone from a friend when I was still in high school and it was a little better than my Beltone. While in the military in 1971, I bought an Ensenada 12 string from Montgomery Wards for $99. It was a Hummingbird copy and was a very good guitar. Finally bought a '66 Tele in 1975 and I was on my way.
     
  8. JackStraw

    JackStraw Friend of Leo's

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    48 years and counting. Sears Silvertone with amp in case was the first.
     
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  9. fenderfan

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    I started literally the day after seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show...so, it has been a pretty fair number of years!
     
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  10. blowtorch

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    I remember being jealous of a girl who had a guitar in kindergarten, and thinking back in first grade, when I had a guitar, wishing I'd had that early start that she had.

    seriously, and this was around 1972 or so, well before the age of shred
     
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  11. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    hmmm...started back in like 91 or so...but with times ive gone without playing for years...so 91 to 16 thats 25 years bit i prolly have 3 or 4 years total that ive played

    i havent played since my mom passed in april...just dont have the yearning to do so yet
     
  12. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I started six years ago, at age 53. Havin' a blast.
     
  13. Toto'sDad

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    It kind of goes like this in stages.

    Just starting out.

    Getting better

    Pretty good

    Damn, I'm good.

    Pretty good

    Not quite as good

    Almost as bad as just starting out

    Arthritic plunker
     
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    I started in 1978, so yup, closing in on 40 years. Like many people, I started on a no-name acoustic that was torturous to my virgin fingertips. I was young and dumb, so I thought all guitars had the action mine had. I almost gave up, but my work ethic, and a burning desire to play guitar prevailed.:D
     
  15. Tele Fan

    Tele Fan Friend of Leo's

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    I started at 15 so I'm up to 22 years now. Another 20 and I might know what I'm doing.
     
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  16. maggieo

    maggieo Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I picked up my first guitar in 1982, but, as Richard Lloyd of Television has said, "I haven't spent all those years just playing guitar, so the actual number of years is much less."
     
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  17. Elkhorn

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    Started in 1975, so more than 40 years. Only actual gigs were way back in the punk era.
     
  18. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Yeah, but you've had how many years to do that in...

    I'm frantically trying to cram it all into ten years or so. If I don't hurry, I could end up worse than when I started.
     
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  19. thegeezer

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    '65, as soon as I could get my hands on one after seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan (February 9, 1964). I don't understand why I'm not better at it. Maybe in another half century.
     
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  20. jackinjax

    jackinjax Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah, I'm thinking you might have provided a definition as to what "play" means.
    I picked up a guitar to learn how to play in 1962. I'm not sure when I considered myself "playing" the guitar. I'm sure my family would argue that it wasn't for as long as I lived at home.
    Today all I could say is, I'm not a deplorable player.
     
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