Sure, kids have some advantages over adults when learning things.
Unlimited time being the main one.
But as an adult, you actually have more things on your side than you might’ve realized.
Patience, understanding the need for structure, and a refined musical taste are some key advantages.
Approaching the guitar as a life-affirming recreational activity provides great motivation — another huge advantage.
And if that isn’t reassuring, learning guitar later in life has been shown to reduce stress at the DNA level and put you in a better mood. This is according to scientific research done by Dr. Barry Bittman and the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute.
Once you learn guitar, amazing opportunities open up. Other musicians who love music, and gave up on it to pursue their careers, start to come back and relearn their instruments. They start to perform again. And you can join or start bands with like-minded people who play for the love of music.
Starting later in life isn’t that daunting when you consider theses stories:
- Pat Martino, a world-renowned jazz guitarist had an aneuryism at age 36 that left him with amnesia. He had no recollection of his career or how to play the guitar. He was forced to relearn the guitar from zero and went on to write many Grammy nominated records.
- Jerry Garcia, the lead guitarist and singer for the band “The Grateful Dead” had a diabetic coma at the age of 43. It forced him to relearn how to play the guitar as well as other more basic skills. He didn’t let age or starting from zero stop him from continuing on.
If you still wonder about being too old to learn guitar, here is an inspiring example that proves you can teach old dogs new tricks.
There are countless stories of people just Chris you who thought they were too old to learn guitar but took the plunge. Now they’re having a blast and fulfilling a lifelong dream.
The reality is you don’t have the option of starting earlier, so don’t worry about it! The chance that you’ll become famous playing guitar at any age is basically zero anyways. Don’t worry about age, just focus on having fun. As you’ll see later in this post, you really don’t need much skill to play the majority of popular songs.
I hope you can see now that the benefits far outweigh any perceived negatives of learning guitar later in life.
If you’ve been thinking about starting guitar, start today. Chances are you’ll have the same thought in 10 years, at which point you could have had 10 years experience under your belt if you’d just started now!
It’s like that old saying, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the 2nd best time is today.”