tski1972 wrote:anyone here play guitar? decided to learn, age the early age of 47. any tips or suggestions are appreciated.
Start on acoustic and get one that's set up properly. When I started learning I used a cheap guitar with high action due to an extremely tall nut. It absolutely killed my joy until I realized that it shouldn't be like that.
Not trying to deal with a guitar with awful action is a good tip. Also look at starting off with lighter gauge strings, any half decent guitar shop will be able to give you guidance (or just google), similar logic of just making it initially easy to play and less of a chore. It will sound less robust, but will give you time to get used to the feel (and build up some callouses on your finger tips- don't pick those off when they come!). To start out you might also want to consider a capo on the first or second fret for a while, it will lighten the tension on the strings as well.
The key to learning guitar is regularity- someone who has been practicing for 30 minutes 3 times a week for a year will likely be a better player than someone who has been practicing for 30 minutes once a fortnight for a decade.
Start off with simple, basic, open chords- just get the feel, then find a song that works on those chords you've learnt (songsterr is a good source, but I'm sure you can google a bunch of things). Repetition is key with learning a song, try just learning parts of the song and repeating those instead of looping through the entire song- so if the first 16 bars have a couple of chord changes, just play those over and over then move on to the next part. It helps build confidence, you'll feel better (and learn quicker) if you can play the first half of a song really well than if you can play a whole song not that well.https://www.songsterr.com/
Have fun with it!