Starting now, I have some long holidays in which, among other things, I'd like to set out to learn to play the guitar. As I've said somewhere else, I intend to approach this learning process by trying to learn songs I like, trying to train my ear to recognise the chords to a song, and trying to learn some technique. I've been given sound advice on the advisability of setting definite short-term goals that I can achieve and that will give me a measure of my progress. I've thought that it might be a good idea to write sort of a log including what I'm learning at each point, and what I've achieved. If I get discouraged, I can always come, reread old posts, and compare where I was then and where I am now. And I've thought I might do that here, online, as that would allow me to ask for help from other users if I get stuck with something... Supposing someone reads this. I'm not so conceited as to believe everyone will come and read what I write, but I do hope someone does now and then (and I hope you don't think I'm too conceited for writing this on a public forum instead of in a notebook at home - I can always forget about this if it doesn't work for me or if I see it's a stupid idea after all). So let's start. I'll accept any sort of advice if you're kind enough to tell me I'm doing something wrong, or there's something I might try.