Is it too late to learn to make music?

CoverYou may have been inspired to learn a musical instrument or to sing by a live act or by recordings, but there comes a time in life when you start to wonder: is it too late for me to learn? I say it’s never too late to learn, but I must acknowledge that it is too late for me to become David Russell (my classical guitar hero). Read Guitar zero by Gary Marcus for an idea of why: firstly, a lack of talent, and secondly, a lack of thousands of hours of practice.

On the other hand there is plenty of time for me to become the best classical guitar player I can be. Gary Marcus put in the time and learned to play as he recounts in his book. So don’t get put off by age or feelings of inadequacy.

But where do you start? Have a look at our website pages Have a go at learning an instrument, Music education and Music. These pages give excellent information on resources available in Christchurch. My advice: get a teacher if possible, join a society or club and be prepared for some sustained effort (Willpower is a great book to help with that!).

I’ve enjoyed my adventures in learning to play guitar. Celebrate each little step forward, don’t give up and one day it could be you up there on stage soaking up the applause!

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