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  • Writer's pictureJenny Richardson

Am I too old to start an instrument?

Short answer?


Long answer:

There's a common misconception out there that if you haven't started playing an instrument by "fill in the age" that it's already too late, or it'll never come easy. But honestly that just isn't true. Anytime is the right time to take up playing guitar or singing or piano, whatever your heart desires! One of our instructors didn't pick up playing until he was in his 40's and now is proficient at multiple instruments!

We've been instructors long enough to tell you definitively playing music you enjoy comes down to 3 things, the desire to learn, consistent practice (note this doesn't have to be LONG practices), and enjoyment of the journey.

As with any skill you have to have a desire to learn, if you are already on our website I'll assume that you are good to go with that!

Next up, practicing. It might come from childhood piano (not always piano though!) lessons where a teacher demanded 45 minute practices everyday or just a belief that you need an hour of work to get anywhere. And while as a teacher if you wanted to commit to that, we wouldn't complain! But our recommendation whether you are 5 or 50 we have seen the best results come from short consistent practice, 15 to 20 minute sessions 3 to 5 times a week. This helps build your skills, keeps your frustration level to a minimum, and makes it easy to fit into even a busy schedule! This doesn't mean you can't practice more but there's no reason to try and hold yourself to an arbitrary time that doesn't fit your life!

Finally enjoyment of the journey. Music isn't just about the destination! There are many successes and achievements to enjoy along the way! Learning an instrument as an adult can provide a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. It’s a challenging undertaking, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Plus, music has been proven to reduce stress levels, improve cognitive function, and boost overall well-being.

So, whether you’ve always wanted to learn guitar or another instrument, don’t hesitate to start now. You’ll be surprised at what you can achieve with a little dedication and persistence.

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