Written by Kevin DePew of RelaxandLearnGuitar.com
I began playing the guitar at the age of 15. I began playing the piano at the age of 10.
People have asked me if they are too old to learn to play guitar. It is a common concern. Many of us see learning an instrument as something that you begin when you are a child, or teenager.
You might be thinking “I am too old to play the guitar” or “I can never do that, I am too old”.
But I think you are wrong. I am convinced that you are never too old to learn to play guitar. I began giving my mom guitar lessons when she was 73. Now she plays every day and has even moved on to playing the banjo. Her passion and motivation is inspiring. You can absolutely do this. Playing guitar is such a rewarding activity.
Here is why I think you are never to old to learn:
1. Learning the guitar is about practicing the right way.
Learning to play the guitar is all about HOW you practice. Its all about teaching your fingers, hands and arms new abilities. That is the greatest obstacle starting out. Just getting your fingers to do what you want. But it is possible. This is possible at any age. It does not matter how old you are if you are doing the right things like:
• Practicing a little each day
• Following a routine
• Taking a slow and steady approach
• Practicing the right things
2. The advantages of adulthood
There are many advantages to adulthood when it comes to learning to play the guitar. At this time in your life, you have more experience and know what you like. You are more goal oriented and realize that playing the guitar will be beneficial in so many ways. You are more disciplined and you know what it takes to succeed.
3. Consistency and follow through
As an adult you are probably more likely to follow through with something you set your mind to. Children are fickle. They get interested in a subject and maybe that interest wanes because it is on the the next shiny object. Or the teenager may give up when playing that guitar does not get them the girl or boy that they are after.
Look at all the things you have accomplished in your life. Whether it is related to your education, your career or your relationships. As an adult you are more likely to follow through on a task or project. Including playing the guitar. Approach it the right way and you can’t fail.
4. Realistic expectations
Speaking of the right way, as an adult, you probably do not have the expectation that you will buy your first guitar, learn some songs and hit the road on a worldwide tour or post that viral video that makes you famous overnight.
You are however, more likely to realize that good things take time. And that it is all about celebrating that small win that leads to something bigger. You probably know that taking action is more important than just talking about it. Realizing that you are getting into this for the love of music and for the love of the instrument is a huge advantage.
5. Start out easy
The acoustic guitar is a very approachable instrument. It just calls out your name to play it. Once you do start, it is a rewarding experience. You can start out fairly quickly and learn a few chords and then your first song. And from there, it does get harder. But that difficulty comes with great satisfaction and it will keep you interested and making progress.
6. You have more time
Maybe you are a recent empty nester. Or semi retired. Or retired. You have always wanted to play the guitar or pick it back up. Now is the best time because you will have more time that you can dedicate to practicing, learning and growing.
And I would venture to guess that you are better at time management. There are some adults that seem like they don’t have a free minute. But most of us can find the time to do something, if we really put our mind to it and make it a priority.
7. You have more money
I don’t know about you, but I certainly have more money and resources than I did as a teenager and young adult. I am frugal. But I also spend money on the things that bring me the most satisfaction and happiness. Like music. Embark on this journey. I am sure you will find the same.
You don’t have to be filthy rich to enjoy the guitar; you can get some great beginner gear for a little cash. However, you may have to convince your spouse. Good luck. That may be your biggest obstacle.
8. No pressure
At this point in your life, you don’t need to impress anyone. You won’t be judged by others. The cool thing that I have seen happen is that folks get back into playing the guitar. Now that they have accomplished what they have set out to in their careers and families, they can focus on themselves. They play because they love music.
Everyone is stressed out. Too many things going on and not enough time in the day. When I sit down to play for 15 minutes, it is the perfect way to relax. The time flies by and you are in the “the flow”. Music does great things for your body and brain. You may find it is easier to learn to play guitar when you see how great it makes you feel.
10. Why not?
There is no time like the present. You are more experienced, more equipped and more likely to succeed than ever before. What are you waiting for? Sign up today and join the Relax and Learn Guitar Community. You will be glad you did!
Kevin Depew has been playing guitar for over 30 year. He started the Relax and Learn Guitar website for adults who love to play music but may struggle with getting the practice and support they need.
Visit www.relaxandlearnguitar.com to learn more and check out the amazing online community he is building where adults can hang out with other people that want to get better at guitar. The membership includes access to a video library or lessons and individualized instruction and support along with access to a community of other guitar enthusiasts.