This is gonna be a long one, so you might want to grab a drink or snack. As the title suggests, been at it since I was 10 and am now 60, so...yeah 50 years. I didn’t really get past cowboy chords in the church acoustic group till I was around 13 or 14. So, that would’ve been the early to mid 70’s and the start of my affinity for classic rock. My gear was a Silvertone and a Twin Reverb (that I wish I still had). By the late 70’s I had graduated to a Gibson ES335 and a Peavey Mace but still rocked the Twin too. I didn’t know guitar pedals from flower pedals and still don’t really. So to get that nice distortion that was so popular then I just cranked the pre-gain(gain) and controlled the volume with the post-gain(volume). So this long winded intro has been to discuss the problem I had/have with playing technique. To produce muddy free distortion and fuzz I had to play strictly barre chords. Any open string sounded like crap. Needless to say, open/first position chords were out of the question. So now 50 years later, I’m about 10 years into a totally different style. More clean tones, a little crunch, more overdrive than distortion and yes, open position chords. The icing on the cake is finally being able to accurately recreate AC/DC songs. When I was young I thought their tone was a lot more distorted than it really is, and all those open G and D chords I tried then were a reverberation mess. The other technique that I’m still trying to master is muting of unplucked strings, be it palm or fretting hand muting. Never had to worry much about that with barre chords, just grab ‘um all and bang ‘um all. So yeah, still learning, guess you’re always still learning if you’re still playing. But don’t get me wrong, I still fire up the distortion once in a while and crank out some Bad Company, some ZZ Top or Thin Lizzy type stuff.