Monday, August 20, 2012

5 misconceptions about learning guitar. No. 4.

Starting guitar as an adult is too late. Many people assume that if they didn't start guitar lessons as a child they have missed the boat. While it is true that growing bodies and brains have advantages the reality is learning guitar successfully can be done at any age if you are physically capable and commit to daily practice. Very few people who take up guitar ever commit to daily practice of more than 30 minutes a day. 2 years of daily practice of an hour a day will likely land you in the top 1% of guitar players no matter what age you start. If you then back this up with guitar lessons and regular jamming you will be playing your favorite songs in no time. I have found that age tends to bring about more realistic expectations. Perhaps it's the result of life experience but my older adult students don't expect results as quickly as my younger students. So if you want to learn guitar just commit to the practice and be patient and forget about whether you are too old. It truly is about the journey.

David J. Hart

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1 comment:

Damian Spaulding said...

I could not agree with you more. I started late myself (by most peoples teaching standards) as a teenager and have gone quite far in my career as a musician and music teacher :). I find adults approach music more from an analytical point of view rather than an intuitive view and this reality is often a great asset to them when compared their younger counterparts in the areas of playing, jamming and self expression.
It is never too late to start. Especially when you have the right teacher to help you through the process.