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Am I really too old to start playing music?
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April 24, 2016 - 6:33 pm
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That's the title of an interesting blog that I came across and which I thought would be of interest to many Fiddlerman members, as it's often a topic of discussion here.

Here's the lead paragraph:

The idea that people should start to play an instrument at a tender age if they want to stand a chance in music, is a by-product of the musical rat race. Only a competitive environment will actually care about how young you were when you started, or how many hours you’ve spent practicing scales. It all boils down to myth. The myth needs to talk about someone who was deprived of all childhood pleasures in the past, and that he/she has spent thousands of hours of patient practicing, so that you are now lucky enough to listen to this great musician. This is a convenient process through which we all inflate our egos. However, music should be all about having a normal life and leaving our little vanities aside. The notions of the ‘lost train to success’ and ‘hard work’ have shaped our conceptions about playing, learning and teaching music. They are the great obstacles between us and the enjoyment of music.

And here's a link to the full blog:

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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April 24, 2016 - 9:30 pm
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Well said!  I am a believer that we are never too old.  In fact, learning new skills, whether it is violin or a new language, or blacksmithing, or who knows what, is what keeps us young.  

Michigan, USA

April 24, 2016 - 11:07 pm
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Excellent find, Di. The age old question, "am I too old to start". 

I'm 72 and my question is, " was I too young at age 10 to quit.  Hmmmm..., I think so.




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April 26, 2016 - 4:40 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
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Never too old is correct.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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May 6, 2016 - 8:50 pm
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I agree with The Fiddlerman. You are never too old to start playing music. You are  never  too old to start learning  any subject for that matter.

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