While I started playing guitar at 15 (before moving to Dublin), many of the players I know started when they were in their 40’s or 50’s and they do an amazing job.
Maybe when they were younger it just wasn’t the right time, they might have been busy with other areas of their live.
If you’re in your 40’s or 50’s yourself, you might be thinking: ‘I’m probably to old to learn.’ So, I wrote this article for you. To let you know that you absolutely can learn to play guitar now and in fact, it’s a great time for you to learn to play.
I think that you’re never to old to learn and that you grown old when you stop learning. Playing guitar is not about how old you are when you start, it’s about having fun and enjoying the playing and learning of it…
So, let me convince you why you should still learn to play the guitar and fulfil that dream that you’ve had for so long:
1. You Know The Type Of Music That You Like:
…And what you don’t. For youngsters learning to play guitar is a lot about exploring to discovering what music excites them and what doesn’t out of everything that’s coming at them. When you’re young choosing the right road can be confusing.
But as an adult guitar learner you’ve already straightened that stuff out. You know the music that you’re into and what you’d love to be able to play on guitar. Maybe you even have a song in mind now, that you can imagine yourself strumming away too?
2. You’re A Lot More Disciplined Than You Used To Be:
Let’s face it. Kids can be all over the place. You might let the dirty plates pile up once in a while but you’ve managed to accomplish a lot already, things like getting qualified, holding down a decent job, raising a kid or maintaining a home you’ve already proven that you certainly have the discipline to learn guitar. It’s just a matter of putting your mind to it, especially if you’ve always wanted to do it.
The most common theme that I hear from the adults who say they want to learn guitar but never do boils down to them not really believing that they can do it. But look around at the things that you’ve accomplished in other areas of your life and you’ll see that it’s really not true! If you really want to learn to play guitar and you can spare just 10 minutes a day, then you absolutely can!
3. Your Realistic Expectations Can Save You From Frustration
If you’re over 40 and learning guitar for the first time you’ve probably not convinced that you’re going to be the next Jimi Hendrix. While you can certainly go on to become a professional musician you don’t need to have been born with supernatural musical talent to play guitar to a respectable level in a short time.
As an older player, you can skip all the ‘making it,’ rockstar nonsense and just enjoy playing and learning a new hobby that you’ll love for the pure satisfaction of it.
4. Playing Guitar Reduces Your Stress
Everyone is stressed these days. I know I am. When I have 20 minutes to pick up my guitar it is just as good as 20 minutes in a hot tub.
Playing music does amazing things for your brain, body and soul. As an adult, approaching guitar as a life-affirming recreational activity rather than some kind of mountain to conquer can make you more likely to practice and will also improve the quality of your practice sessions.
You’ll find it much easier to learn guitar once you realise how much it does for your mood and stress levels. When you’ve had a tough day, you’ll always have the guitar to strum, chill out with and get you through it.
5. You Have Enough The Time
It doesn’t take how long most people assume to learn to play guitar. I’m not talking about practicing hours a day. With just 10 minutes practice a day you can be playing your first complete songs on guitar within two months.
It can even be faster if you don’t worry about extra stuff like learning lots of scales or reading sheet music and just kick back and enjoy practicing and playing songs on your guitar.
6. You’re Now More Capable Than Ever Before!
So here it is, the best reason you are never too old to learn to play guitar.You are more capable right now than you have been at any other period in your life! You have more experience, more knowledge and more wisdom than you did when you were a kid. You know who you are and what you want. You’ve achieved so much in your life, and have been through a lot.
Maybe you’ve survived an illness, been through a divorce, beaten a bad habit or maybe you just feel like it’s time for a change. I’ll tell you the same thing I tell every adult who says they want to learn to play guitar: You can do it if you really want to, and you’ll never regret it.
If learning guitar is on your bucket list, do it now, because you are more prepared for the challenge now than at any other point in your life.
What Are You Waiting For?
I started playing guitar when I was 15 years old. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I’ve never regretted it. Over the years I’ve known many adults who said they wanted to learn, and I’ve always done my best to encourage them. I can’t imagine my life without the guitar, and I want them to have the same joy as I’ve been lucky enough to experience.
Some listen, and some don’t. I’ll never understand why some people are so reluctant to pursue their dreams, but then again I know some things they don’t. So, you’ll just have to trust me when I tell you that learning guitar, or any instrument that inspires you, will be one of the smartest choices of your life. You’ll never regret it, and it will benefit you in ways you can’t even imagine.
You’re never too old to learn to play guitar, so what are you waiting for?