Kamis, 13 September 2012

There Are Advantages to Learning to Play Guitar Later in Life

Every day, there are more and more older adults picking up the guitar and taking lessons. It's not unusual to see students in their 60s and 70s picking up an instruction book or hauling their guitar to the local music studio for a lesson -- and getting great results. In fact, there are some real advantages to learning guitar later in life.

More free time. A lot of people in the 55 to 75 age group are retired and want to try something new or continue with the guitar lessons they stopped years ago due to a busy work schedule. Having more time also means they have more time to practice and play guitar. To some, that means that they can finally learn to play that song that's been rolling around in their head for years and years!

A boom of guitar students. The fact that there are more baby boomers than ever means that there are more guitar teachers with experience teaching older students. Plus it also means there are more teachers that are baby boomers themselves. This is not to say that older students should only seek out older teachers, but they do have that option if they are more comfortable learning from their peers.

Community. Across the country, there are a number of groups popping up made up of older musicians who gather to play and share the latest blues lick or a new finger picking style. These "guitar circles" give the students the chance to play with others, share stories, and generally hang out and have a good time. In addition, many music stores and studios offer events throughout the year where guitar students can either participate or sit back and enjoy listening to other students play. There often is a gathering at the end of the event where students can get together to talk and play guitar.

Determination. Many older students that never took up guitar are more determined than ever to play. They simply will not give up until they can play and play well. This determination makes a great student! Many find that the retirement years are often the very best time to add learning guitar to their list of accomplishments.

Physical challenges. Some who want to learn guitar in their later years are concerned the instrument will be too hard to play. But even those who may have a touch of arthritis in the fingers or wrist don't find it to be a hindrance. A good guitar teacher will keep a close eye on proper technique (which is always a way to avoid discomfort) and when needed, give the student options for playing certain kinds of chords and scales.

The ability to learn and play guitar does not depend on the student's age (and that means age 70 and beyond). With a little bit of guidance from an experienced teaching and a focus on all the positives about learning to play guitar later in life, nearly everyone will find that they are never too old!

Dale Schmidt is a guitar teacher in Washington state and the author of Your Private Guitar Teacher. For more information: http://www.yourprivateguitarteacher.com.

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