As indicated, I took my first guitar lesson on Tuesday, 4 days ago. Our 8-year-old daughter took HER first lesson on Friday. Out teacher, Matt Lister, is absolutely fantastic. In the period of a half-hour lesson he was able to get each of us (separately) playing songs and actually using the instrument. To me, that's huge. My first lesson was actually fun, and so was our daughter's, and that's a good thing. After all, that's the goal, right? Practice -- especially the first day or two -- was quite painful. The strings felt like fiery needles to the fingertips on my left hand, but sure enough even that's (slowly) getting better. Practicing 15-to-20 minutes per day has been enough to push through the pain, have some fun, gain some facility, and begin to build up those calluses. It's odd to notice the feeling slowly slipping away from my fingertips. Typing has become a whole new experience. Not bad, just... new.
And I guess that's the point of this: a whole new experience. I'm very much looking forward to practicing together with my daughter this weekend, as well as my next lesson on Tuesday!