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Let's say..... there was this guitar player.....


New member
Jan 16, 2012
I don't know if this is the purpose of this section..... but I will try... and see what happens....

There was this guitar player who started at 10 years old and is now about to be 65. Learned completely by ear....and has been playing clubs for the last 30 years...and is consistently told.....he is really good.

but let's say...on introspection...this guy realizes NOW......at 65 ....just how much he missed by NOT having traditional lessons. A good ear.......and good ability to make the guitar do what his ears hear......BUT.....in his opinion...his right/left hand synchronization is not what he wishes it were.... picking dexterity... not smooth... and would like to see it better...

HERE is the question.... is it too late??? Are there materials I could gather to study.... or would it not even do me any good?

I know this is a wide open and very vague question...I just wanted to see where it would go. I have never HAD a single guitar lesson.... I would not know HOW to put a lesson plan together....

Just......for ME.... I'd like to be better....to get better... I just have no idea where to start....

I would welcome any comments....and... no I am not particularly sensitive!!!!! :)


Well-known member
Dec 3, 2006
It is never too late!

My suggestion: Find a jazz guitar teacher at your local university/college or guitar shop. Yes, specifically a jazz guitarist. They will have all the techniques and formal/academic/theoretical background to absorb your playing as it is and to identify your gaps. (It sounds like your gaps will be subtle and hidden since yo've been playing for so long and you have actual ensemble experience - which is a massive head start.)

It may take a couple of months of lessons (once a week or every other week) to begin sorting it all out - but stick with it and, because it's never too late, you'll learn something.

I remember an old guitar lesson video with B.B. King on which he was asked "What is the singe most important piece of advice you have for young players?" and his response was "Find a good teacher and stick with it!" If that's good for B.B., then it's good for everyone, young or old!

Yes, find a jazz guitar teacher and get yourself some lessons.

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