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Am I really too old to start playing music?
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Mimi Aysha
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Lorna and I went into my back garden to play a couple weeks ago, and I saw that the neighbors had pulled chairs up to the side fence - they left soon after we started playing. We just laughed so hard, I think they were imagining a concert in the garden, but all they got was us screeching away to faded love all out of tune and probably out of tempo too!....

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Mimi Aysha said
Lorna and I went into my back garden to play a couple weeks ago, and I saw that the neighbors had pulled chairs up to the side fence - they left soon after we started playing. We just laughed so hard, I think they were imagining a concert in the garden, but all they got was us screeching away to faded love all out of tune and probably out of tempo too!....  

LOL - I'm so happy that you guys can laugh about it. Don't let anyone or anything discourage you guys. Keep up the great attitude too.

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

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Mimi Aysha said
Lorna and I went into my back garden to play a couple weeks ago, and I saw that the neighbors had pulled chairs up to the side fence - they left soon after we started playing. We just laughed so hard, I think they were imagining a concert in the garden, but all they got was us screeching away to faded love all out of tune and probably out of tempo too!....  

You've just described my dream afternoon!

- Pete -

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I think not. I'm restarting after 3 years again

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No, never too old. I'm over half a century old and I play much better than a 20 year old that has never picked up the violin! 😀 Really young people seem astonished that an 'old' person can play. 😀 Bless em, they under estimate us. 

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lucille - now thats funny!

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Never to old.  Always loved music, but never had the time (work, kids, life).  My youngest is now 30, last year I brought myself a 60th birthday present (a fiddlerman Master).  Do I make music yet..  Ehh..  Getting there, but having a ball trying...

To play a wrong note is insignificant;  To play without passion is inexcusable.  - Ludwig van Beethoven 

 My journey began on Aug 3 2017

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In some ways, learning when you are older is more fun. When you are older, you usually are not as stressed and you usually have fewer family responsibilities. Older is relative of course but there are advantages of beginning to learn at any age. One focuses on their hobbies and passions in a completely different (usually less stressful) way when one is older. 🙂

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Sorry, I haven't read the whole thread. What I'll say in case it hasn't been said yet is, the classical guitar is a solitary instrument, almost anti-social, unless you want to perform, which I don't, not solo. But playing it can be very meditative, and if you can use it in that way, then it is never too late to begin.

The uke/violin/whatever are more sociable. When I played the oboe, I played in the town's youth orchestra and I played regularly in regional am-dram Gilbert and Sullivan productions, and I loved it. And my uke group provides me with that sociability, and you're never too old for some of that, either.

But as an adult, there's an unexpected downside - when you're a kid, you make noise all the time, and it's natural to be creating noise-pollution, musical or otherwise. You don't think twice before practising an instrument full volume, and the neighbours don't complain. But as an adult, I am far more self-conscious about this, and it's daunting. I need to practise my singing too!

I always wanted to be a juvenile delinquent but my parents wouldn't let me.

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