6 Reasons You're Never Too Old To Learn An Instrument

Unlike being a pro athlete other dreams in life where age can restrict you, you are never too old to learn how to play an instrument. In fact, it can actually be a lot easier to learn at a later age than when you were much younger. Below, we can a look at several reasons why being older is better when it comes to trying to learn a new instrument.

 

 

1. The Internet Offers A Huge Amount of (Often Free) Resources

Things are different than they were a few decades ago. Before, learning how to play a new instrument involved buying books, taking classes or paying for a private teacher. Today, most of us have access to the internet and with that, a whole host of informative articles and videos that can show you in great detail how to play a particular instrument. Best of all, there are essentially free. Simply head on over to YouTube or google whatever instrument you're trying to learn and you can confidently bet that there's something out there ready to show you the ropes.

 

2. You Know the Type of Music You Like

As an adult, you already know the type of music you love most. This will make learning a new instrument much more enjoyable since you can learn by trying to play songs you already like. For instance, if you're a classic rock fan, you're much more likely to stick with the guitar while learning Led Zeppelin riffs than by playing something you have no interest in. Compare than to kids trying to learn while playing music that they might not have any interest in; it can make learning a new instrument feel like work instead of a passion.

 

3. You’re More Disciplined than Before

For you to learn any art, you need discipline. You need to be able to set a certain amount of time to practice and keep at even when you feel discouraged. As an adult, you (should) have more control over your life than when you were a teenager, with fewer things distracting you from accomplishing your tasks.

 

4. You Have More Financial Resources

Unless you had parents willing to buy you anything you wanted, chances are that you probably didn't have as many resources as a teenager then you do now. As an adult, you should have more resources for buying and maintaining your chosen instrument. While this might not seem like much, it actually makes learning an instrument a lot easier. For example, you can't really learn to play guitar if you can't afford to replace broken strings!

 

5. There's Less Pressure To Learn When Your Old

When we were younger, life seemed like a non-stop footrace. Take school for example - if you weren't busy trying to be at the top of your class, you were probably busy trying not to be at the bottom! Anyways, this added pressure is essentially gone when you're old. If you're trying to learn a new instrument, there's no real rush. You can learn at your own pace without the pressure of trying to not get left behind.

 

6. Realistic Expectations Can Save You from Misery

When we were younger, most of us didn't really have the patience to put in the huge amount of time and effort it takes to learn a new skill, especially if we didn't see instant results. As an adult, you should know by now that certain goals take a good deal of time to achieve, giving you more realistic expectations. This will go a long way in keeping you motivated.

 

Being "too old" shouldn't stop you from learning to play an instrument. If it's been a long time dream, there's never been a better time to attain it. By using the skills, wisdom and resources that your age gives you, it's not a matter of if you can learn how to play an instrument, but when.

 

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