Learning Guitar Over the Age of 50

Learning Guitar Over the Age of 50

When you get older, you often have some free time for hobbies. People over the age of 50 often take up hobbies such as fishing, golf, they go traveling, and so on. A lot of people don't think hobbies such as playing a musical instrument are possible after the age of 50. I want to show you that you can play the guitar and learn at any age. 


You Are Not Too Old

You can play guitar at any age, and even if you are over the age of 50, you can still learn. It can be a fun and rewarding experience to learn the guitar when you are older.  A lot of older people think you can't learn an instrument because too much time has passed. We have this misconception in our mind that musical instruments are just for young people. While it does take time to learn to play guitar, you can do it when you are older.

Learning Guitar Over the Age of 50


Benefits to Playing Guitar At Age 50

There are numerous benefits to playing guitar over the age of 50, such as the following:

  • Playing a musical instrument is very relaxing. It can help you deal with stress in your life. You may be working a lot or need some time to yourself. Playing a musical instrument such as the guitar can help you deal with your stress levels.
  • Learn something new.  When you pick up a guitar, you are learning something new. You will help your memory and cognitive function by learning. This can help reduce the risks of illnesses such as Alzheimer's or dementia. Research shows us that people that engage their memory more often have reduced risk of these illnesses.
  • Play with friends. You may have people you know that play musical instruments. Learning an instrument, yourself, you can get together with your friends and play some songs. There is a social aspect to playing music that you can take part in.
  • The fun factor. One of the best reasons to pick up the guitar is that it is fun. You can learn all of your favorite songs and have fun playing them. You don't have to worry about joining a band although you can do this. There are plenty of places such as bars and clubs where older bands play. You could live out your dream of playing on stage.
Learning Guitar Over the Age of 50


How to Learn Guitar Over Age 50

The best thing you can do if you want to learn guitar over the age of 50 is to find yourself a qualified guitar teacher. There are several basic concepts that you need to learn. You will get the most benefit out of the instrument if you find a good teacher. You will progress at a rapid rate if you have a teacher. You may become frustrated and not know where to turn if you try to teach yourself. This is one of the reasons why many older people put the guitar back in the case.


Once you find a good teacher, speak to them about what you want to learn. This will help your teacher tailor the right program for you.  Your teacher is there to help guide you through the process of learning the instrument. By putting in your own input, they can tailor the right program for you too.


Go at Your Own Pace

When you learn an instrument as an older individual, you can go at your own pace. You can pick it up and play whenever you want. There is no rush to learn anything. You should pick up your guitar and have fun with it. 


My Experiences

When I was teaching a guitar, I had several older students.  They were picking up the instrument for the first time in their life. I had an enjoyable time teaching them how to play the guitar.  I had students over the age of 50, and they were able to pick up the instrument as well as my younger students. 


You should have no fear when you're older about playing the guitar. You may have some free time on your hands, so why not devote that time to learning an instrument. You may have dreamed about this in the past, so now is the time to live out your dreams.

Learning Guitar Over the Age of 50


When you learn a musical instrument such as the guitar, it’s a fun process. You can learn this instrument at any age. You do not have to be a young person to play the guitar. If you've always wanted to learn and you are older, find yourself a qualified teacher and enjoy everything that music can bring to your life.