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#4648159 - 06/18/24 12:42 AM Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ?  
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I say heck no. Some recent events have brought on an urge for a new hobby.

1- empty nest, both kids have moved out.
2- my son left behind an acoustic guitar (he moved across the country).
3- I am retired, my younger wife still works 38 hrs a week. So I have a COMPLETLY empty house some days. (except my bulldog Artie). so I can make as much noise as I want without reservation biggrin Artie did growl at me when I was practicing today. But he does not trust anything he has not seen/heard before.
4- Free YouTube lessons.

It is something always wanted to do, but I think the stars have finally lined up. If it goes well, I will be buying and electric guitar and amp. Fingers crossed.


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#4648160 - 06/18/24 12:56 AM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: WangoTango]  
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Never too late. I've been playing since I was about 8, but I know that if I were to pick it up today for the first time I'd do fine. At this age haha.

The tools we have now to teach and aid learning are lightyears beyond what I had. You're of a similar vintage, and I'm sure you can imagine what it was like to try to learn riffs by picking up the record player needle and trying to drop it back down in the right groove to repeat that bit of the song lol. Now it's all digital, and there are gobs of resources online, and videos and stuff. So easy to isolate sections of songs, or even take everything out aside from the guitar. Or maybe you take out only the guitar and play along to the drums and keyboards or whatever.

I've seen many start down this road, but only a few have pushed through the initial struggle to become players.

Do you have a certain guitar and amp in mind?


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#4648161 - 06/18/24 01:01 AM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: WangoTango]  
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No, not yet Dbond. Maybe a Squire Telecaster. As for an amp, the digital Marshalls look like fun.

My initial hurdle is forcing my brain to not want to hold it left handed. I am right handed, I don't get it. But I seem to be making progress on this front.

My goal is just to play along with songs for fun and relaxation. As you said, you can easily find songs with isolated tracks removed so you can play along.


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#4648163 - 06/18/24 01:19 AM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: WangoTango]  
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OK good luck. I have a Tele and a Marshall too smile

These are my Gibsons, because guitar threads need guitar pics.

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#4648164 - 06/18/24 03:09 AM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: WangoTango]  
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Beautiful. Is the one on the right considered a sunburst design ? I don't know what the design on the left is, but I LOVE it.


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#4648167 - 06/18/24 05:40 AM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: WangoTango]  
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Never too late to learn music. Any cerebral activity will help with mental fitness and delay onset of dementia and Alzheimers. Exercise your brain the way you would your muscles. biggrin


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#4648175 - 06/18/24 10:31 AM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: WangoTango]  
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Good luck with your guitar learning. It seems your musical talent is more than what I have which is ZERO!


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#4648176 - 06/18/24 10:54 AM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: WangoTango]  
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I bought myself a Fender Strat about 4 years ago, say 55 years of age or so. Big thing for me is to choose/find a style that you both like & can have a decent chance at emulating, manage expectations, play it properly (i.e. electric guitar - standing not sitting/lying, big one this), play every day.

Got a Strat because I was pretty flush at the time, and regardless of whether I get good it's just a beautiful thing to have around.


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#4648177 - 06/18/24 11:12 AM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: Herman]  
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Originally Posted by Herman
Never too late to learn music. Any cerebral activity will help with mental fitness and delay onset of dementia and Alzheimers. Exercise your brain the way you would your muscles. biggrin


A big +1 on the above. It´s also a therapy for both sides. When I worked In a nursing home, we had live music every day (acoustic) for the elder, works wonders. My couple, she attends a music therapy group once a week.


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#4648180 - 06/18/24 12:35 PM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: WangoTango]  
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Never too late.

Look at Force10. He started riding motocross. I am amazed at that !

I started Stock and Super Stock drag racing last year. At 70.


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#4648182 - 06/18/24 12:43 PM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: WangoTango]  
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My musical talents begin and end at turning on a radio.


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#4648183 - 06/18/24 12:48 PM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: WangoTango]  
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Happy birthday F4U!


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#4648184 - 06/18/24 12:51 PM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: DM]  
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Originally Posted by DM
I bought myself a Fender Strat about 4 years ago


Good choice. The Stratocaster is one of mankind's most perfect designs smile


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#4648185 - 06/18/24 12:54 PM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Good luck with your guitar learning. It seems your musical talent is more than what I have which is ZERO!

Thank you, but that is yet to be determined hahaha
My goal at this point is to play rhythm along with some songs. Still early days.
Good point Herman, exercising the brain is a good idea at this stage in life (I call it my 3rd period, a hockey reference).



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#4648187 - 06/18/24 12:56 PM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: RedOneAlpha]  
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Originally Posted by RedOneAlpha
Originally Posted by Herman
Never too late to learn music. Any cerebral activity will help with mental fitness and delay onset of dementia and Alzheimers. Exercise your brain the way you would your muscles. biggrin


A big +1 on the above. It´s also a therapy for both sides. When I worked In a nursing home, we had live music every day (acoustic) for the elder, works wonders. My couple, she attends a music therapy group once a week.

I would not say It´s late, I mean there´s older people then you doing skydiving! So never late for anything If the attitude and will Is there.

Just a few questions...

- Did you take music In jr. high and high school? In other words, do you have any experience with music theory, and on hands on any Instrument?
- Do you have big hands?
- What guitar left you´re son behind (acoustic) Make, model?
- What would you like to play on guitar? Be realistic about It as you wont be playing like Van Halen In a near future.
- Are you ok with practice routines daily? Say, half an hour? Or every other day.
- What are you willing to spend? Do you consider re-sale value?
- Lastly, do you consider you´re self a gearhead? biggrin

-No I did not take music in school at all.
- I have size large hands.
- the guitar is a Fender CD 60S. a beginner guitar. (it was a Christmas gift for my son a few years ago)
-I plan to practice more than half an hour a day.
- As Of right now, I can see me spending around $900 (cdn) for my first electric with an amp. Resale value does not matter, at the moment.
-No, gearhead is definitely not a name I would use for myself. I don't mind taking things apart, and tinkering around though.




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#4648188 - 06/18/24 01:07 PM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Happy birthday F4U!


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#4648189 - 06/18/24 01:11 PM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Originally Posted by oldgrognard
Never too late.

Look at Force10. He started riding motocross. I am amazed at that !

I started Stock and Super Stock drag racing last year. At 70.

At 70 ? That truly is cool. Good for you. any chance there are videos to share ?

Happy Birthday F4U cheers


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#4648191 - 06/18/24 01:56 PM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: WangoTango]  
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I like Rock and Blues. Which in a way is too bad, as this guy is in my extended family

MWG

My short term goals are to learn my chords, and not have sore finger tips haha. After that, who knows ?
The plan is to have a new relaxing hobby.


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#4648197 - 06/18/24 03:00 PM Re: Is 56 too old to learn how to play guitar ? [Re: WangoTango]  
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Like any hobby, I have no problem dropping money into it. But I am going to start out budget conscious. It is still early days.
As far as tinkering, oh yeah, I don't mind.


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Beautiful. Is the one on the right considered a sunburst design ? I don't know what the design on the left is, but I LOVE it.


Yes, both are 'bursts'

The one on the left is a Studio Plus in a finish Gibson called Desertburst. The flame maple top is sharp, and this is what is denoted by the Plus designation. Studios are great Les Pauls, essentially the same as the LP Standard but without body and neck binding which can be seen on the other one. Studios are often overlooked but they play and sound like any Les Paul, just without the fancy binding (and I left the pickguard off) and cost considerably less money

The one on the right is a Les Paul Classic in a finish Gibson calls Honeyburst, meant to mimic the faded look of a Cherry Sunburst Les Paul that had sat in the music store window too long. The Classic has uncovered ceramic pickups which give it a different look than the covered PAF style that most LPs have.


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