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How many people over 50 are just starting to play?

Discussion in 'Squier Strat Forum' started by texred, Jan 27, 2017.

How many people we got here that are AARP members, and just beginning guitar?

  1. How many late bloomers?

  2. How may have previous musical experience?

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Hairy Bear

    Hairy Bear Strat Fumbler Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 30, 2010
    The stolen land of the Iceni
    Came back at 55 after an illness enforced break, but not a noob. My left hand doesn't work so well these days so I usually sound like a beginner - fumbled chord changes, accidental muting and buzzing etc. Things are slowly improving, just got to keep telling myself I used to be pretty slick so if I try hard enough I'll someday do it again.
    We don't have AARP on the side of the pond but we do have SAGA for the over 50s. Anyone who can figure out which way round to hold a guitar is too exciting for them, so I quit after they'd bashed my wallet for a year. Never found out what SAGA means but I believe it's Sex Annually, Generally August. ;)
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  2. Basejumper22

    Basejumper22 Strat-Talker

    Jan 31, 2016
    I started playing at forty , will be forty five soon , have made some progress don't consider myself a player , to scared / shy to gig , hopefully consider myself a player by the time I'm 50 . Even if I don't having fun learning , some day it will happen .
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  3. Mississippi_Kid

    Mississippi_Kid Senior Stratmaster

    Age is just a number...but, then so is my bank account balance. I don't think that helps my point. Nevermind.

  4. oldfartatplay1320

    oldfartatplay1320 Strat-Talk Member

    Nov 25, 2016
    Gatineau, Quebec
    I've had previous musical experience, but I laid off at age 55 due to depression. Started again at 62 with a pinched nerve in my left elbow, to work it out. Still have it, but it's diminishing. Never been great at playing, but hey, it passes the time pleasantly.

  5. jimbojo

    jimbojo Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 4, 2010
    Rio Rancho, NM
    52 here, got my first guitar at around 9 and my first electric at around 12, but I sound like I just started playing, does that count?
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  6. StratLover66

    StratLover66 Strat-Talk Member

    Aug 7, 2015
    Actually, it's a lot worse that we think. Studies on musical instruments have shown that the best players start before puberty. Puberty seems to change our ability to learn subtle nuances that are seemingly missed once puberty is over. Accents were the closest analogy. Children who learned languages before puberty had very little or no accent. Those who learned after puberty couldn't shake their accent after 50 years immersed in the language. Same for musical instruments. Anyone can get good technical ability if starting after puberty, but will never quite sound as natural as those that started before or during the change. That puts a lot of us in less-than-optimum starting position, so just enjoy.
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  7. Jigglebone

    Jigglebone Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 20, 2017
    Southern Idaho, US
    I go back and forth. I'll drop it for a few months and then go back for a while.

  8. Mississippi_Kid

    Mississippi_Kid Senior Stratmaster

    My first instrument was air guitar.
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  9. Tsquared

    Tsquared Strat-Talk Member

    Oct 13, 2016
    Figures. That puberty thing has caused me a lot of trouble over the years.
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  10. albala

    albala Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 10, 2012
    stamford, CT
    pre-internet, I bet there were very few over-50 guitar newbs

    I've had guitar students of all ages. I find the older ones have the most trouble making chords while they understand what's going on musically while younger students can make the chords but they have trouble grasping the concept of theory.

    I started at 12, floundered til 19 when I took a Jazz course in college. From then on, guitar became an essential component of my life. son is 19 months old today and he's already got 'the bug'

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  11. Eardoc

    Eardoc Strat-Talker

    Jan 29, 2017
    New York
    In the same boat. I'll be 50 in September. I'm dedicated tonight learning. Still on my acoustic. I started playing...make that practicing in October.

    I agree it's the little things that keep me going. Having a pristine sounding barre chord, smooth chord transitions are a huge step. Little by little the progress is seen.

    I love it.

  12. Blues Trucker

    Blues Trucker Strat-O-Master

    Dec 31, 2014
    On the road again
    You can lie to yourself, but I aint buying it. ;)
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  13. Jigglebone

    Jigglebone Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 20, 2017
    Southern Idaho, US
    Mine too. I still have the one I got as a kid, but I'm hoping to trade it on a Fender or maybe Craigslist it for enough cash to get something I really want! :0

  14. Paully

    Paully Strat-O-Master

    Oct 16, 2014
    Maine, USA
    55 yo was always a singer. Want to try accompany myself.

  15. avri70

    avri70 Strat-Talker

    May 29, 2014
    planet earth
    Not 50 yet, but in a few years I will be. Started playing at 43 or something.
    Cant say I dont make progress, but it's slow.
    It might have to do something with being less eager to play guitar than teenagers, for a lot of them might strive for a musical career as a guitarist, and there is a whole big wide open future fir them lying ahead for them to do so.

  16. texred

    texred Guest

    Huh. Is Bonnie Raitt reasonable??

  17. texred

    texred Guest

    How the hell did I get here? Mansonienne, you messin w/me?

  18. texred

    texred Guest

    Is Bonnie Raitt reasonable? coulda sworn i already typed that

  19. CaseCandy

    CaseCandy Senior Stratmaster

    May 9, 2015
    It is easier to learn when you are young, of course it is, absolutely anything that is drilled in during the ages 6-20 are going to go in easier than anytime thereafter.

    It can still be done for the older people, but it will take more time and more practice, let's just arbitrarily say 3 hours for every 1 hour that a 14 year old needs to make the same progress.

    And therein lies the rub, for people at that age like myself. I've got a full time job, and a family so I must keep them happy first. Then I have all the other social expectations on me plus chores and home maintenance. I also get tired and need a little brainless vegging time. So the time left to go an practice is quite small. Do young people have more time with school and study? Maybe if they don't study and their social life is mainly playing music with other people.

    That's the standard stuff that is typical of people my age. Now, in addition to that I have a second job, run a business on the side, support my daughter's increasing equestrian activity and divide my life between two countries.
    I have a lifelong obsession with learning new things and I'm always reading and trying to get my head round stuff.
    And I post on strat-talk.

    Almost any kind of dexterity or coordination problem can be overcome by practice. I am 100% sure that I would be a much better player if I was retired and or single.
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  20. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2015
    Paris suburbs, France
    Well that's just cheered me right up!!! :confused: I did some piano before puberty...and maybe some air guitar....:p
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