Brett gave me a guitar and I've been going through the book I got when I started trying to learn Mom's guitar. I think I'm going to have to clip my fingernails on my left hand in order to play the chords. Boo. Guess I'll have to quit playing for a few weeks before the wedding.
2014-7-27 I'm halfway through Mel Bay's Grade 1 book and I just put Grade 2 on my wishlist. I can play several major chords (A, B, C, D, E, F,G, Am, Bb, Cmaj7, Dm, D7, Em, G7) and a few others when I have the chord diagram in front of me. My best songs are ones that have the chords close, so I don't have to move that far too fast. Little Big Town "Boondocks", George Gershwin "Summertime", and Norah Jones "Come Away with Me" are ones I can do pretty well right now.
I got a guitar a couple of birthdays ago and started with gusto but this petered off and now I haven't played it in a long time. So I've started simple, going over the very basics with the little girl I babysit for's beginner's guitar book and her kiddie size pink guitar after she's gone to sleep! So far so good - I will get chord changes down this time.