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Old 07-11-2019, 07:35 AM
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I started learning guitar when I was about 14 and played until I was 19 when a neighbor in a college dorm stepped on my guitar. I stopped playing and never bought another until the end of last year. Now I have three. I am relearning and have an instructor. I turned 69 July 1. Its a blast and Im much better now than I was as a kid. It is hard to get the general music part down that I never had before but its coming. I play daily and enjoy my beautiful instruments.

I retired when I was 50 and wish I had thought of this then.

PS - Interesting side note. Im in Florida but made a connection with Gary at Alamo Music. My GS Mini and Martin came from them.

Jim
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:34 AM
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I started learning guitar when I was about 14 and played until I was 19 when a neighbor in a college dorm stepped on my guitar. I stopped playing and never bought another until the end of last year. Now I have three. I am relearning and have an instructor. I turned 69 July 1. Its a blast and Im much better now than I was as a kid. It is hard to get the general music part down that I never had before but its coming. I play daily and enjoy my beautiful instruments.

I retired when I was 50 and wish I had thought of this then.

PS - Interesting side note. Im in Florida but made a connection with Gary at Alamo Music. My GS Mini and Martin came from them.

Jim
Nice collection there Jim, I bet every day is a happy day !
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:27 AM
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https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-...-dementia.html

Interesting study trying to determine if playing music deters dementia. IMHO, it couldnít hurt!
Of course like anything else in life if you start early you will be good. If you start late there is probably a lower skill ceiling. No one will start at 60 and become Segovia, but we can have quite a bit of enjoyment out of it!
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:35 AM
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Apparently, I was born too old to learn to play guitar. I have been trying for 62 years and still can't play worth a darn.
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:56 PM
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It’s never too late to start...regardless of what it is. If you have the desire, go for it.
I was 58 when I actually started my guitar journey. My only regret is not sticking with it when I was in my 20s and tried for a couple of weeks....then the GF that was going to teach me split.
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:07 PM
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I just turned 64 and have been playing an hour or two (sometimes more) a day since I was 61 (I retired at the same time). I took fingerstyle lessons from Mark Hanson (easy to look up on AGF - fantastic teacher) for about a year and half and am now on my own. For me, I felt lessons were mandatory as a late learner.

I'm to the point where sometimes I make music, but every day when I pick the guitar up it makes me happy. In any case I love sitting around with one of my guitars and playing. I love the guitar as an instrument and wanted to do this my whole life.

Just like anything new, there is a significant learning curve with plateau's along the way. For me it's a lot of fun and sure you can learn as an old guy!
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Old 07-11-2019, 03:08 PM
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Nope, never too late. I plan to retire in 6 or 7 years and then start putting in serious time on guitar, mandolin, and pick back up Oboe and violin (played a little on both of those in college.) It will be interesting to see how far I can progress.
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:46 PM
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I just started at 62 this year. I needed a new hobby since I had to cancel my surf trips this year due to a rainy So Cal winter/spring and surgery. Hope to keep surfing and playing into my 80ís. One day Iíll probably be a better guitar player than surfer...
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Old 07-11-2019, 06:57 PM
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Never too late to start, and for those who have played for a while, never to late to get better. All it takes is lots of time, focus and desire

I only have moderate amounts of all 3, but feel like I've improved a lot more in the past 2.5 years of concentrated effort than I did in the prior 2.5 decades of noodling. The AGF is a great way to stay motivated and learn.
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:12 PM
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My friend teaches guitar and has one student who just started up last year...in his early 90ís!
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Old 07-11-2019, 11:36 PM
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Are you too old to learn guitar?

Probably... I keep doing it anyway.

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Old 07-12-2019, 04:47 AM
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I started in my late 50s. I have no doubt that I am less capable of learning things as quickly or as well as I would have in my teens. It particularly irks me that things I learn don't stay in my brain very long, so that if I don't play something for two or three months, it is nearly "gone" and I have to almost start over with it.

Not that that is any reason not to learn. I love it. But I am not kidding myself either.
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I'm 63. I started self learning the guitar back in about 2000 because I was getting serious about songwriting and my banjo wasn't helping. Bought a couple books. Scanned the net. My biggest problem has always been sticking with something so I go for long periods jumping from one thing to another. Daughter says I have ADD. Once again I'm trying to get serious about my chops so I've started taking lessons with a well known Nashville guitar teacher via Skype. Hope I stick with it this time. It can be done.
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Old 07-12-2019, 05:24 AM
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Interesting read here on late specialisation. Some reassuring stuff towards the end around taking on challenges later in life.


https://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...-is-bad-for-us
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Old 07-12-2019, 05:35 AM
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Learning new things helps with neuroplasticity.

We already have a Clapton. But if I can play ONE note 1/10 as well as BB King, that's still a mighty fine note . . .
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