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It it Ever Too Late to Learn a Musical Instrument?

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#1 Feb 25, 2013
Hi everyone.
I have recently been thinking about ways to expand my mind and interests.
I started learning to play the flute and guitar as a child, but gave up.
I'm thinking it would be interesting to learn a musical instrument, have any of you learned to play something in adulthood?
Do you think it's possible to get really good at an instrument even if you start learning as an adult?

I really would like to hear your views, thanks!

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#2 Feb 25, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
Hi everyone.
I have recently been thinking about ways to expand my mind and interests.
I started learning to play the flute and guitar as a child, but gave up.
I'm thinking it would be interesting to learn a musical instrument, have any of you learned to play something in adulthood?
Do you think it's possible to get really good at an instrument even if you start learning as an adult?
I really would like to hear your views, thanks!
Sure it's possible as long as your mental faculties are intact.
I tried teaching guitar to someone undergoing the onset of alzeimers and it didn't work.

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#3 Feb 25, 2013
Alzheimers

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#4 Feb 25, 2013
Brainiac2 wrote:
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Sure it's possible as long as your mental faculties are intact.
I tried teaching guitar to someone undergoing the onset of alzeimers and it didn't work.
I've seen some music schools offering intense 6 week courses, where you learn for 6 hours a day Monday to Friday (for 6 weeks).

Would you recommend learning that way, or do you think weekly 1 hour lessons with a private teacher would be better?

“Home is Where the Heart is”

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#5 Feb 25, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
Hi everyone.
I have recently been thinking about ways to expand my mind and interests.
I started learning to play the flute and guitar as a child, but gave up.
I'm thinking it would be interesting to learn a musical instrument, have any of you learned to play something in adulthood?
Do you think it's possible to get really good at an instrument even if you start learning as an adult?
I really would like to hear your views, thanks!
Are you interested in picking back up on the flute and/or guitar or something new?

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#6 Feb 25, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
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I've seen some music schools offering intense 6 week courses, where you learn for 6 hours a day Monday to Friday (for 6 weeks).
Would you recommend learning that way, or do you think weekly 1 hour lessons with a private teacher would be better?
I would go with the one-hour private lessons.
Keep in mind that there is finger-picking style and using a pick.
Also that a bad-quality guitar can be your worse enemy. Make sure the guitar size is right for you.

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#7 Feb 25, 2013
IR BW wrote:
<quoted text>Are you interested in picking back up on the flute and/or guitar or something new?
The guitar.
I'm interested in learning classical.
Listen to this!

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#8 Feb 25, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
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The guitar.
I'm interested in learning classical.
Listen to this!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =jXC9tuumjiAXX
Beautiful..maybe you need an AGENT to help you :)

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#9 Feb 25, 2013
Brainiac2 wrote:
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I would go with the one-hour private lessons.
Keep in mind that there is finger-picking style and using a pick.
Also that a bad-quality guitar can be your worse enemy. Make sure the guitar size is right for you.
Thanks.
There are tutors near me who give a trial first lesson for free.
Hopefully they can advise on size of guitar.

She's not sitting very gracefully but the sound is fantastic!
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

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#10 Feb 25, 2013
Brainiac2 wrote:
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I would go with the one-hour private lessons.
Keep in mind that there is finger-picking style and using a pick.
Also that a bad-quality guitar can be your worse enemy. Make sure the guitar size is right for you.
I sort of sensed that the 1 hour lessons would be more suitable for me.
I am just always tempted to find a quick way of doing things. The idea of learning the guitar in 6 weeks sounds so tempting. But I think the way my brain works, steady, regular weekly lessons would be much better for me.

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#11 Feb 26, 2013
IR BW wrote:
<quoted text>Beautiful..maybe you need an AGENT to help you :)
Interesting.
I will PM him and ask for personal weekly guitar lessons, via skype.

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#12 Feb 26, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
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Thanks.
There are tutors near me who give a trial first lesson for free.
Hopefully they can advise on size of guitar.
She's not sitting very gracefully but the sound is fantastic!
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Very talented lady!
Here is another nice one.

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#13 Feb 26, 2013
Why it doesn't show the video is beyond me.
Frank

Clarkston, MI

#14 Feb 26, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
Do you think it's possible to get really good at an instrument even if you start learning as an adult?
That all depends on whether you have talent or not.

If you have musical talent, it's possible. If you don't have talent...it's not.
Black man

Manchester, UK

#15 Feb 26, 2013
If you want to learn you dont need lessons.

The only way to learn a musical instrument nowadays, Is to get the internet out of your house. Get your tv out your house, throw away your phone.

And just practice the guitar for entertainment instead.

Its not easy to do, and takes a long time and alot of hours to do it.
Frank

Clarkston, MI

#16 Feb 26, 2013
Everyone has a talent...be it sports, music, designing, or whatever.

If you don't have musical talent, you're likely talented at something else!
jumpstart

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#17 Feb 26, 2013
Shalimarr wrote:
Hi everyone.
I have recently been thinking about ways to expand my mind and interests.
I started learning to play the flute and guitar as a child, but gave up.
I'm thinking it would be interesting to learn a musical instrument, have any of you learned to play something in adulthood?
Do you think it's possible to get really good at an instrument even if you start learning as an adult?
I really would like to hear your views, thanks!
you can come become very proficient with 15 minutes a day of practice. if you decide to take lessons I would recommend that you tell your instructor to teach you a song otherwise you might spin a long. Of time just learning scales and doing exercises.

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#18 Feb 26, 2013
jumpstart wrote:
<quoted text> you can come become very proficient with 15 minutes a day of practice. if you decide to take lessons I would recommend that you tell your instructor to teach you a song otherwise you might spin a long. Of time just learning scales and doing exercises.
I saw this guy doing scales and practicing chords and their equivalent configurations for six months. A real wonder to behold the seemingly supernatural velocity with which he executed the drills. But he couldn't play you one solitary song. Not even Mary Had a Little Lamb.
jumpstart

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#19 Feb 26, 2013
Brainiac2 wrote:
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I saw this guy doing scales and practicing chords and their equivalent configurations for six months. A real wonder to behold the seemingly supernatural velocity with which he executed the drills. But he couldn't play you one solitary song. Not even Mary Had a Little Lamb.
hope you don't get me wrong skills are extremely important especially when you're trying to advance. but if you want to get your money's worth you need to start with a song that's how I begin I didn't want to waste my money learning scales. in about the point you made it just got the right all of my children play musical instruments and they had the same problem because they want to specialize schools that taught onlycales I would be embarrassed when we have family and friends over and they couldn't play song

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#20 Feb 26, 2013
jumpstart wrote:
<quoted text> hope you don't get me wrong skills are extremely important especially when you're trying to advance. but if you want to get your money's worth you need to start with a song that's how I begin I didn't want to waste my money learning scales. in about the point you made it just got the right all of my children play musical instruments and they had the same problem because they want to specialize schools that taught onlycales I would be embarrassed when we have family and friends over and they couldn't play song
In this case it was the victim's private teacher the lead guitarist of our band who was purposefully slowing progress in order to extend the time so he could keep charging. The victim finally burst out in a fit of anger and demanded to be taught a song. I think it was after I laughed.

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