Am I too old to learn guitar?

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Well, there’s a short and easy answer to that question – an indefatigable yes!


Hah hah! Of course I’m kidding! The answer to this question is absolutely and most definitely NO! There is no time like the present and there is absolutely no age limit to start learning the guitar (or any other instrument in fact).


There are a number of reasons why we are inspired to pick up the guitar and they hold true for whatever age you may be – you want to challenge yourself, it sounds cool (and it looks pretty cool too), you want to play the wonderful repertoire, pieces and songs that you really love, you want to express yourself or pour your emotions into music, you want to help inspire and entertain others. Now, I can think of no reason as to why age (whatever age that may be) would be a limit to fulfilling any of those things. Can you?


There’s an old Chinese proverb (and I’m sure I’ve written it on this blog before, but I’ll say it again) – the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. So, yes, you can whinge and whine and carry on that you should have started learning five, ten, fifteen, however many years ago, but there’s no time like the present!


I have a number of adult students who’ve come to me to pick up the guitar for the first time (wishing that they’d started earlier), but now very much committed to learning the instrument. These guys are really committed to developing their technique, their music reading and musicality, really committed to playing the music they’d wanted to since they were knee-high to a grasshopper, really committed to developing and honing the skills that are opening up a world of guitar-playing goodness, being an example to their children to show them the fulfilment that music can bring as well as the fruits of committed practice and hard work.  And they’re loving it!


There’s a whole wealth of joyful, enlightening, self-developing experiences to be had by starting to learn right now and imagine where you’ll be in another five or ten years time – wowing audiences, inspiring  your kids, teaching others and passing on your knowledge and skills. Once you’ve started to learn the guitar you can take it in whichever direction your heart desires.


So what is really stopping you from learning the guitar right now? A question to ask yourself.


It may be that it’s something you’ve always wanted to do and never quite gotten round to it. Well, perhaps it’s time to finally do it? What have you got to lose? Nothing, aside from time……



4 thoughts on “Am I too old to learn guitar?

  1. I have just stumbled across your blog,it’s inspirational thank you!!!

    I agree with you regarding age being NO barrier to the learning process.

    I am 62 and started Classical Guitar from scratch 4 years ago,when I first started my ignorance was such that I thought the guitar was a wind instrument such was my knowledge and ability.A slight exaggeration but the fact remains that I was an absolute beginner.

    I consider myself to be at beginner/improver level owing to the constraints of career and family and so I feel not a little sadness that my progress is very slow.However I have just retired and I’m really looking forward to spending much more time to practise.There is such a wonderful repertoire for this istrument and thankfully the simpler pieces cans sound very nice given the principle of less is more.

    1. Thanks for reading the blog and thanks for your comment 🙂
      Good on you for picking up the guitar. Learning an instrument at any age is such an immensely rewarding activity – well done!


  2. Never tooooo old to do anything. Especially something as fun as learning guitar. I agree that older students can often have more dedication and appreciate learning more than some younger folk. I have been learning for a few years now, and hope I will still be playing as long as my body & mind allows it. If you are looking to get started learning you can find a great resource at – hope you enjoy guitar as much as I do !

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