Just like bringing a pro athlete’s other dreams in life where age can restrict you, you are never too old to learn how to play the guitar. Moreover, it can actually be a lot easier to learn at a later age than when you were much younger. Below, in the GuitarBro blog, we can look at some of the various reasons that why being older is better when it comes to trying to learn a guitar:
1. The Internet Offers A Huge Amount of (Often Free) Resources
Things are different than they were a few decades ago. Before learning how to play the guitar involved during the books, taking classes, or paying for a private teacher. Today, most of us have access to the internet, and with that, a whole host of informative articles and videos that can show you in great detail how to play guitar. Best of all, these are essentially free. Simply head on over to Google or YouTube whatever instrument you are trying to learn, and you can confidently bet that there is something out there ready to show you the ropes.
2. You Know the Type of Music You Like
As an adult, you already know the type of music you love the most. This will make learning a new guitar much more enjoyable since you can learn by trying to play songs you already like. For instance, if you are a classic rock fan, you are much more likely to stick with the guitar while learning the Led Zeppelin riffs than by playing something you have no interest in. Compare then to kids to learn at the time of playing the music that they might not have any interest in; it can make learning a new instrument feel like work instead of a passion.
3. You’re More Disciplined than Before
For you to learn any art, you need much more discipline. You need to be able to set a certain amount of time to practice and keep at even when you feel discouraged. As an adult, you have more control over your life than when you were a teenager, with the fewer things distracting you from accomplishing your tasks.
4. You Have More Financial Resources
Unless you had parents willing to buy you anything you wanted, the chances are that you probably did not have as many resources as a teenager then you do now. As an adult, you should have more resources for buying and maintaining your chosen guitar. While this might not seem like much, it actually makes learning a guitar must easier.
5. There's Less Pressure to Learn When Your Old
When we were younger, life seemed like a nonstop footrace. Take school; for example – if you were not busy trying to be at the top of your class, you were probably busy trying not to be at the bottom! Anyways, this added pressure is essentially gone when you are old. If you are trying to learn a new guitar, then there is no real rush. You can learn at your own pace without the pressure of trying not to get left behind.
6. Realistic Expectations Can Save You from Misery
When we were younger, most of us did not really have the patience to put in the huge amount of time and effort it takes to learn a new skill set, especially if we did not see the instant results. As an adult, you should know by now that certain goals take a good deal of time to achieve, giving you much more realistic expectations. This will go a long way in keeping you much motivated.
7. You Have More Support from Peers than You Realize
When you are a teenager, learning guitar often means you will find yourself with a group of like-minded peers who have similar goals. Once you get into your twenties, many of those people have dropped out of music, but those who remain are serious, dedicated, and ready to conquer the world.
In your thirties, things get around, even more, people drop out and go off to live normal lives, and the only people left to jam with seem to be people who already have had some success or people who are a bit nut. If you have not had success, you start to wonder if you are in the latter group.
But as you get older, something interesting happens. People who love music, and gave up on it to pursue other careers, start to come back and relearn their guitar. In some of the cases, they even start performing again. Except for this time, they are not trying to conquer the world. They are just playing because they love it.
8. You Have Better Time Management Skills
Of course, there are adults out there who seem never to have a free moment, but most of us have a way freer time then we did as kids. I think back to high school, and between class, homework, a part-time job, sports practice, and the spending required time with family, I don’t know how I got anything else done.
The key today is the same as back then: Time Management. If you want to find time to practice, you will. Maybe that means getting up early before work every day or even skipping some internet or television time.
Kids have trouble buckling down and prioritizing. As an adult, if you are already proven, then you can do this. If you are serious about learning guitar, then you should know how to find a way to fit into your schedule.
Being too old should not stop you from learning to play the guitar. If it has been a long-time dream, then there has never been a better time to attain it. By using the skills, resources, and wisdom that your age gives you, then it is not a matter of if you can learn how to play an instrument but when.