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Am I too old to learn?

GUEST,Maggie 04 Nov 06 - 10:15 PM
Shiamsa 04 Nov 06 - 10:27 PM
cptsnapper 04 Nov 06 - 10:31 PM
GUEST,Richie 04 Nov 06 - 10:31 PM
katlaughing 04 Nov 06 - 10:31 PM
Beer 04 Nov 06 - 10:33 PM
Beer 04 Nov 06 - 10:58 PM
The Fooles Troupe 04 Nov 06 - 11:33 PM
GUEST,KT 05 Nov 06 - 02:49 AM
suzi 05 Nov 06 - 02:54 AM
Les in Chorlton 05 Nov 06 - 03:12 AM
breezy 05 Nov 06 - 03:58 AM
Dave Hanson 05 Nov 06 - 04:01 AM
GUEST 05 Nov 06 - 04:33 AM
terrier 05 Nov 06 - 05:25 AM
Mo the caller 05 Nov 06 - 05:45 AM
GUEST,Maggie 05 Nov 06 - 06:03 AM
Big Al Whittle 05 Nov 06 - 06:19 AM
kendall 05 Nov 06 - 06:34 AM
Leadfingers 05 Nov 06 - 06:42 AM
mandotim 05 Nov 06 - 07:15 AM
bobad 05 Nov 06 - 07:37 AM
Bee 05 Nov 06 - 08:49 AM
Cathie 05 Nov 06 - 09:14 AM
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Subject: Am I too old to learn?
From: GUEST,Maggie
Date: 04 Nov 06 - 10:15 PM

Hi
I sing already - mostly traditional stuff - but have always wanted to learn to play something. At the moment I play the whistle a little but it hasn't filled me with the need to play well! I'm 48 - am I too old to learn the melodeon or the fiddle? I really enjoy listening to both but err on the side of the melodeon.
What do you think?


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Shiamsa
Date: 04 Nov 06 - 10:27 PM

Yes. Stick with the singing.


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: cptsnapper
Date: 04 Nov 06 - 10:31 PM

Of course you're not: it may take you a little while but it'll still be worth trying. What have you got to lose?


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: GUEST,Richie
Date: 04 Nov 06 - 10:31 PM

No,

In 5 years you'll be five years older. Maybe by then you'll be able to play.

Good luck. Don't let the naysayers get you down.

Richie


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Nov 06 - 10:31 PM

Good lord, no! No one is too old to learn more. Fiddle may take a bit more time, but if you have a good ear and teacher, you can do it. Have you thought of lap dulcimer? Almost anyone can play one, from small children to the elderly in care homes. They are also less expensive than the melodeon and fiddle, esp. if you get a nice starter one. Prices have gone up a little since I bought my Black Mountain one, but they are still under $200 for a decent sounding dulci: Click Here.

Good luck and please come back and let us know what you decide. There are a ton of folks here who are supportive and helpful.

kat


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Beer
Date: 04 Nov 06 - 10:33 PM

Maggie.
Wake up for christ sake. Your just at the age that you would be serious. I'm just picking up the fiddle and I'm 59. I don't think I'm to old. Are you comparing yourself with some artist that has been in the spotlight for "x" number of years? Well don't do that to yourself. Pick it up, learn to play, and surprise a few of your friends.
Best of luck.
Beer


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Beer
Date: 04 Nov 06 - 10:58 PM

Further to what I just said is this.
Do it now, because if you don't you will always be asking yourself. I really don't have to complete this thought?, Right?


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 04 Nov 06 - 11:33 PM

You are never too old to learn...

... but just what you do learm may be different from what you expect to...

:-)


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: GUEST,KT
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 02:49 AM

Not at all, Maggie! Pick up that fiddle and have fun with it! Keep at it and a year from now you will be playing. A year after that you'll be playing better....etc.

I have a friend, five years older than you, who just took up the fiddle 3 months ago. She's not taking herself too seriously and is having a great time learning! You'll likely never be a star, but how many of us are? You will enjoy making music, and that's what counts! AND-not only that, it's really good for your brain to take up something new at this point. Have at it!
KT


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: suzi
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 02:54 AM

Hi Maggie...

Your never too old to learn.... Im 50 and having guitar lessons along with my 30 year old daughter , my son who is 11 and grandaughter who is 8 are having them too..... I say go girl..you do whatever makes you happy. We have been going now for 8 weeks and are coming along fine (although daughter picks it up quicker than me), but its fun... good luck, long may you sing and play.


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 03:12 AM

Maggie, much joy awaits you. At around 56 I taught myself to play the Mandola from music in around a year. I think the key, sorry, is finding an instrument that you really enjoy playing. I love the sound the Mandola makes and the way it sits comfortably in my hands. I can't walk passsed it without playing a tune. I play most days and sometimes for hours.

I went, and still go, to Hobgoblin where they will let me play anything in the shop. See if you can find a local instrument shop and try some things out. See if you can borrow from a friend. Buy the best quality you can afford or a bit better.


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: breezy
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 03:58 AM

Follow your heart's desire

I wish I had taken up something at 48 !!

I have no regrets though

Tonight someone at my club will sing in front of an audience and sing to her own guitar accompaniment for the first time of a cmparable age, all credit to her.

just do it


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 04:01 AM

Go for it Maggie, you are never too old,   and it's great.

eric


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 04:33 AM

Of course you're nor - but please take up the fiddle; there are far to many melodeon players as it is - we're thinking of having a cull over here.
Jim Carroll
One of our local singers has taken up the fiddle - at 82


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: terrier
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 05:25 AM

All the positive things that have been said here I agree with, but why stick to one instrument,usually, practice fiddles can be bought very cheaply although boxes tend to be on the more expensive side and a melodion is heavier to carry about. DON'T forget the whistle, the simplest of instruments, you can already play one;a whistle played well is always impressive to a listener. Why not graduate to a concert flute? At 58 years old,I'm still looking for new musical challenges


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Mo the caller
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 05:45 AM

A fiddle played badly is a pain. A melodeon can't be played out of tune (though it can't play all the notes).
Since Jim retired we have been going to music sessions as well as dances, I will always be a beginner but he practises (cheating) and is improving.


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: GUEST,Maggie
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 06:03 AM

Thank you for your encouragement. I think it's the idea of making a fool of myself that stops me. Things seem ok in the privacy of your own home and as soon as you go out - fingers like jelly and head full of sheep..
I am determined to try though and will let you know how it's going! (Hopefully you wont hear how it's going for some time!)


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 06:19 AM

I think the best plan is to talk to people who've done it, and ask advice as to how they've got to the point that you want to get to.

Lots of advice, a decent instrument(don't mess about trying to make something sound good that's rubbish anyway).

and remember the best players are not always the best teachers - get someone wise, considerate, and practical.


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: kendall
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 06:34 AM

Maggie, believe me, at 48 you are not too old for anything!
Is there a special instrument that you like the sound of above all others? Grab one and do it.

KT, you are a star to me!


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 06:42 AM

Maggie - Most definately , have a go at what ever instrument you fancy - Check your local shops and see if you can lease a GOOD instrument to have a go at , rather than buy something cheap , which will NEVER sound good . Most shops that do a lease , if you want to then buy , they knock most of the lease money you've paid off the price ! Best of luck , and keep with the whistle - They are portable and can be as versatile as you want , but only if you work at it .
   And remember the story of the elderly lady who got off a train at Grand Central Station and asked the porter how she could get to Carnegie Hall - He said "Practice , lady , Practice!"


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: mandotim
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 07:15 AM

I hope this will inspire:
One of my earliest musical influences was listening to my Dad whistle. He would whistle classical, jazz, old folk airs and everything in between, always in tune and with lots of expression. He is a rugged, 'non-arty' sort of man, with a background in the Royal Navy and the building trade. He was also a professional Rugby League player, and the last person you could imagine as a serious musician.
As he got older, illness meant he was less able to do the physical things he enjoyed, and we could see he was beginning the long slide into an unhappy old age. A moment of madness meant that his four children clubbed together and bought him a cello; for his 70th birthday. He had never played an instrument, nor could he read a note of music. We found him a teacher, and he began to learn.
He now has a Grade Seven qualification in both playing and music theory, plays in a small chamber orchestra and in a music group at church. His teacher bemoans the fact that she got him at 70, rather than 7!
Perhaps the best part was recently at his 80th birthday party. He played in a string quartet spanning three generations; twin granddaughters on first violin and viola, his daughter (my sister) on second violin and my dad on cello. He is totally devoted to his music, and spends hours practicing, playing and arranging music for the various ensembles. As he puts it; 'I am an old dog, and this IS a new trick!'
He inspires me,and I hope his story will do the same for others.
Tim


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: bobad
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 07:37 AM

That's a wonderfully inspiring story, Tim.


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Bee
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 08:49 AM

I'm older than you are and started playing guitar last year. I've gotten great joy from it, and I've come a long way just teaching myself. I now play in front of friends, and they seem to enjoy it. I was inspired by a friend who took it up at 72, and now plays on stage at community events and in variety shows, at 80. Learn to play whatever suits your fancy! It's good for the brain and the fingers, as well as tremendously satisfying.


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Cathie
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 09:14 AM

Maggie

I am older than you.

I have been learning the guitar and to sing and play in folk clubs since last Christmas. I have no folk tradition background, just an interest and belief in 'lifelong learning'.

The fact that you sing is such a bonus. When I have messed up the chords, I just sing on and usually find my place somewhere.

All folkies I have met are extremely encouraging (NB Breezy above) and offer advice and support.

I have learnt that practice is fun, that even the best musicians fluff up sometimes. I learn the songs that I love and leave out chords I can't play. I think I appreciate the contributions of others more.

Go to a club with a nurturing ethos and play in public as early as possible - don't wait for the 'day you're ready'.

Enjoy.

When they throw rotten eggs and tomatoes - just throw them back. LOL


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 09:23 AM

All my life I have loved the sound of the cello and have always wanted to learn to play. When I retired I (at age 62) I bought a second hand cello, took lessons, got tips and help from friends, listened to a LOT of cellists and am now able to play a number of tuines. Am I good cellist ? No, but I get better every day and I love the fact that I am making a simple dream come true...go for it, you are never too old.


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: GUEST,obie
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 09:42 AM


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: GUEST,obie
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 10:01 AM

Sorry for shooting blanks!
Maggie, I started playing "with" the guitar in my early 30's and was never really very good at it, but it was something that I loved to do. I never practiced as such, but used it as a soother after a hard days work so my learning was purely for relaxation. Today I am semi-retired and I can not yet play like Chet Atkins or JP Cormier (grin) but I am having a ball with it. If you enjoy singing I strongly suggest that you consider an insturment that you can use to sing along with. I find that the guitar is great for this because you can quickly learn simple chord progressions in one or two keys. With a capo to change keys you can now accompany your voice on most any song, so you can show results very quickly.
                     Obie


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 10:17 AM

The other thing to think about is where to play. Most of us play better without an audience, so 2 or 3 round the kitchen table can be a lot of fun and then maybe .............. who knows


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 10:31 AM

Make up your own tunes on your new instrument, then if you get them wrong nobody knows the difference! Good luck. Hope you have a lot of fun learning. And if you decide to pick up the fiddle, I'm taking on pupils...


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Alice
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 10:53 AM

Maggie, I started serious voice lessons at 44, and that is the instrument that most relys on health, muscles, breath, etc. Any singer can improve from training with a good teacher, and with those skills you can keep your voice into old age. Pick up a fiddle and go for it.


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Don Firth
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 01:21 PM

Years ago, when I was teaching guitar, both classic and folk, most of my students were high school kids who wanted to form a Peter Paul and Mary or Kingston Trio sound-alike group. But my most enthusiastic student was a 75 year old man, a former Boeing engineer. He'd never played a musical instrument before—never had the time—but now that he was retired, he wanted to learn to play the guitar. And to read music. He never made it to Carnegie Hall, but he was thoroughly enjoying himself (practiced several hours a day) and reached the point where he could play quite a few easy to intermediate classic pieces. He played a lot for his family and friends and enjoyed their amazement.

Currently, I have a student, a fifty-five year-old woman who plays a bit of piano, but since she doesn't have one in her small apartment, decided she wanted to learn to play the guitar. She's been taking lessons now for a little over a year, can play a fair number of studies and pieces by Sor, Carulli, Aguado, and Tàrrega, and I've just started her on her first Bach piece.

Age is only a number. If you didn't know how old you are, how old would you be?

Go for it!!!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 03:24 PM

i seem to be getting much better, with lots of practice with the shakey egg!
sal


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: KT
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 04:47 PM

Maggie, don't worry about making a fool of yourself. Find yourself a group of supportive musician friends who like to play together and join in as soon as you're able to hit every 10th or 20th note. (The sooner you join in, the sooner you get over those jitters) It's good to remember that every musician you hear was in your place at one time. I don't know where you live, but I've met a LOT of mudcatters in person and every one is VERY supportive and encouraging to other musicians. And that GETAWAY crowd is WONDERFUL!

Kendall, you are ever so kind......

KT


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: GUEST,bobcat
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 05:02 PM

Good for you!! Of course you are not too old. Should always take on a challenge.I am learning to play the mandolin and am seven years older than you...I can read music which helps and am enjoying myself!! it will take me years to get anywhere but what the heck!! I would love to find a slow session to join in...or a group to practise with learning in isolation is very frustrating and though top mandolin players locally are very kind they are way out of my reach!!!!


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 07:21 PM

Maggie - I would also suggest becoming a member of this asylum ! If nothing else , as a member you can send private messages (AND receive them) rather than doing everything on the open forum !


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: GUEST,sorefingers
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 07:31 PM

I am just learning to play the Boehm Flute with I have no formal training in music, and I am way older than you Maggie. My other half is my teacher as she learned it at school.

I am going great guns with articulation and making all the notes.

Any age is young enough to learn!

Love this thread.

:0)


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 08:23 PM

"even the best musicians fluff up sometimes"

My father taught me that the most important thing is not just to play the right notes - you can play occassional wrong notes, and if you keep the tempo going without falter, you will get away with it much easier than stopping, apologising for the wrong note and starting again! Liteners will forgive a few wrong notes, but if you drop the tempo, they are not anywhere near as generous! :-)

So the trick is to learn to 'fake it' or 'vamp' along till you get to where you can pick it up again - this is especially important in ensemble (group) playing - as if all keep the tempo (rhythm) constant, a few dropped notes are not noticed anywhere as much.

Now as to confidence, start in small ways, don't ever rely on props such as drugs (alcohol, etc), just work on buiding your confidence. You could always try a 'public speaking' club, or even some theatre workshops - they will help too.


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Shiamsa
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 09:21 PM

You need to catch yourself on--as you approach the half century your main purpose in life should be to lavish love and presents upon your grandchildren, or if you don't have these, upon yourself. If you haven't done it by now, there's no point in wasting your decreasing time learning an instrument. You won't alienate your loved ones' affections by singing, even if you don't have a great voice, but your efforts on an instrument could prove fatal (to their affections and even yourself, if you try too hard). Consider how much more rewarding a well-knitted pair of socks would be, as a gift for loved ones or for yourself, the kitchen is nearby, and don't neglect the consolations of religion.


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Don Firth
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 09:54 PM

Foolestroupe speaks wisdom.

I have seen Pete Seeger in live concerts a number of times, and on a couple of occasions I've seen him blank out on the words of a song, skip the verse, and move on to the next. On one occasion, he actually made up a verse on the spot to fit. It was not just a "different version," he was definitely improvising. It wasn't great poetry, but if you didn't already know the song, you wouldn't have even noticed. I have also seen Andrés Segovia fluff things on the guitar and pick it up and keep right on going. I notice the fluffs because I knew the pieces he was playing (not that I could play them very well myself, though). Other well-known performers in live appearances also.

Unless you really crash and burn, if you keep right on going, only a very small percentage of the audience is going to even notice. And they will undoubtedly be musicians themselves, they've done it themselves, and will understand. No sweat.

But if you do really blow it, it's still not the end of the world. I recall introducing a song with an elaborate explanation of where the song came from and gave all sorts of historical poop on it ("I knew he had to be a folk singer. He spent ten minutes introducing a three-minute song!"), and when I got done running my mouth, I blanked out on the first verse. I sat there with my mouth open, then confessed to the audience, "You know, after all that, I can't remember the first verse!" I thought for a few seconds that I was dead meat, but the audience, bless them (!), burst out laughing. They thought it was pretty funny. I went into the second song I had planned, then said, "Okay, I just remembered the one I was going to sing first," and proceeded to sing it. Good appreciative audience, and I even got paid.

Audiences aren't lynch mobs.

At least not usually. It is a good idea to be well prepared.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Rowan
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 01:36 AM

I'm not as old as some of the examples mentioned but I started late (still can't read music) and I reckon you can't ever be too old to have a go. So long as you're playing for your own enjoyment you'll be the only critic of any performance; just try to be encouraging to the performer. With nobody to hear you can fluff all you like and you'll only get better.

Sooner or later you'll be overheard by someone close and they'll probably be impressed with your progress.

I've never played fiddle but it's a bit of a trick to sing while playing. Melodeons tend to want to breathe differently from people so singing with them can also be a trick. Tricks can be mastered after a bit of practising.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Scrump
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 04:32 AM

The day you're too old to learn is the day you die (that applies to everything, not just learning to play a musical instrument).

I've been playing guitar for over 40 years but I'm still learning how to play it. If I ever get to the point where I think I know it all, I'll stop. So I hope I never get to that point. (Not that there's much danger of that though ;-))

Don't worry about making a fool of yourself - just take the plunge. You'll find it gets easier each time. I've had some bad nights where everything seemed to go wrong - forgetting the words, playing in the wrong key, etc., but that's how you learn and improve.

Now... get on with it!


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Nick
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 05:34 AM

A friend of ours of a similar age took up the guitar less than a year ago and recently played at a festival in Scarborough and won a prize in a comic song contest recently. He does practice a LOT his partner told me at the weekend!

A much younger friend who is very musical has taken up the fiddle and the melodeon. The fiddle he plays reasonably after a year+ but reckons his progress on it is much slower than on the melodeon. The melodeon he bought and took up in July of this year and he is already proficient on it and can knock out tunes and accompany himself. He is however an excellent guitarist though and picks things up very quickly but it does show what can be done.

On the other hand a third friend has been trying to learn to play the guitar and is getting practically nowhere with it.

A lot depends on your aptitude / attitude / time you are prepared to set aside to practice / whether you have a teacher / whether you have people who will help and encourage when you plateau/get stuck etc


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: selby
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 05:47 AM

I am over 50 and awaiting delivery of Northumbrian Pipes and I have not got a clue what to do. Streeeeeeeeeeetch the brain


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Paul Burke
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 05:49 AM

as you approach the half century your main purpose in life should be to lavish love and presents upon your grandchildren,

Grandchildren at 50? Not on your Nelly. And lavish presents on the spoilt little buggers? Better blow the lot on a decent fiddle and spend the rest of your life doing something worthwhile.

Shiamsa, time to have a good close look at that bleak, repressed, destructive view of life.

My epitaph is to be: "He didn't realise that it's never too late- until it was too late."


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: GUEST, Topsie
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 06:10 AM

Well, it's quite possible to be (legally, no under-age sex) a grandparent at under 33. I acquired a grandson when I was 43, before I'd even worked out what I was going to do when I grew up [and I haven't knitted a pair of socks since I was 23].
But I suspect that Shiamsa was being facetious.


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 06:37 AM

Perhaps a general theme appears that no matter how good natured the original post may be and how appropraite responses are by around post 20 people join in with facetiousness, irrelevance or just old fashioned aggression?


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Little Robyn
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 06:49 AM

selby, when your pipes arrive, strap them on, close off the drones, put your fingers over all the holes, start working the bellows (gently)and when you feel the bag getting full just hold it there. See how long you can hold it like that.
When you've got the feel of that, either open one drone or lift off one finger on the chanter. Again, fill the bag and then stop the bellows while you see how long you can keep that note going, just by pressure on the bag with your left arm.
The first problem to master is co-ordination and some teachers tell you to only play one note (or a couple of drones) for the first month, until you have that under control. (I did it for the first half hour, then found that boring.)
Once you are getting a steady flow of air, then you can think about trying the scale and then tunes.
But the best way to learn is to find another piper and there are several in your general area, one in Selby even, according to the NPS address list.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: Betsy
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 07:02 AM

Maggie , whatever it is in life , PLEASE don't get 5 years older and say I WISH , I had given it a go.
Get on with it.
All I would say is before you commit - make sure you have someone to support you who plays the instrument you wish to learn. Getting over the first couple of hurdles can be lonely without someone to give advice.
Best Wishes for your success.

Cheers,
Betsy


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 07:39 AM

Was listening last night to a chap at our folk club. He took up playing guitar at a very ripe age, and we have seen him progress from a very hesitant first outing to a very accomplished player who clearly puts a bit of heart into the music. Good thing he didnt think he was too old...


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Subject: RE: Am I too old to learn?
From: GUEST,joseacsilva
Date: 06 Nov 06 - 07:51 AM

Like George Jones said: "I´ll take a little long but I get there,I don´t this rocking chair". Just kidding, after all I´ve got your age, and as a doctor and musician, I frequently recomend learnig a new instrument as a form of improving life quality and reducing stress.
   Just do it!
Joe


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