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Re: Older guys & gals starting out?
11/11/2004 1:08 PM
James Walczak (4510) wrote:
Ok...well, this isn't exactly the same...I have been playing guitar for a -very- long time...started when I was 4, played for a few years and quit, then picked it back up again when I was 17 (when I could afford my own electric). The reason I'm jumpin in here was it was just 4 years ago that I picked up drums :-) Now granted, having played guitar for so long I had been exposed to and occasionally got a chance to sit behind drum kits, so when I finally got a kit of my own, it really wasn't that difficult for me to learn them (and in less then 6 months I was on stage as my bands drummer! LOL!). On the other hand it's also worth noting that even when I started drums at 35, it was a terrific feeling! It brought back many of the memories (and frustrations) that I have about learning guitar. There were times (and still are) that I'd sit there and finally figure out how to play, say a specific tune, and would be filled with this incredible feeling of acomplishment and joy! I would also like to add, that for me at least, learning drums wasn't a "early midlife crisis" or a second childhood...I would have to have left my -first- childhood for that to have happened! LOL!
The point is, it's -never- too late to learn!!! I have met sooooooooooo many people over the years (of all ages) that want to learn an instrument, but always say things like "it's too late", "I'm to old", "it's too hard", etc.. Even worse I hear stuff like "yea I used to play a little guitar when I was a kid and I still have the guitar, but it's been sitting in my closet for 20 odd years"!!! This breaks my heart every time! I think the only excuse that I can really accept is "it's too expensive" LOL! Granted, you can pick up a decent electric or acoustic to learn on for around $100 (or less used) and decent used amps can be snagged for under $200, but music is a very "addictive" activity and once you become a "gear head" your hooked and your checking account will never be the same! LOL!
Anyways if anything, starting at a later age has something of a benifit...something that was touched on in another thread here on WN not too long ago. Most folks that start playing a little later in life don't usually have "stars in their eyes". They start learning and playing because -they love music and want to learn how to play-. No offence to anyone on this board, but so many "kids" pick up guitar for reasons such as "p*ssin of their folks" or "want to be a rich rock star" or "want to pick up chicks and groupies", yadda, yadda, yadda. When a person picks up an instrument in their 30's, 40's, 50's and beyond, they do it because it's something that maybe they've always wanted to do or simply may have a passion for music! As far as I'm concerned, this is a -very- wonderful thing indeed!!!
To all you "late bloomers" out there, I say GO FOR IT! Learn your chords, learn your scales,and practice, practice, practice (and remeber that practice doesn't -have- to be boring or painful...just playing tunes you like -is- practice!). My advice is to sit down with recordings of your favorite songs and your chosen instrument and figure those tunes out :-) Don't worry about whether anyone thinks your any good or or even if your playing the song correctly...just have fun and enjoy that instrument!
Bright Blessings & Gentle Breezes,
In the words of the late/great Frank Zappa, "Shut up and play your guitar!" :-)