How Old is “Too Old” To Learn Guitar? (It’s Never Too Late..!)

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Written By Gary Daws

Chief Music Officer

Many older adults have turned to music education as a way to keep their minds active, improve their physical dexterity, and connect with others. Learning to play guitar is one of the most popular choices among them.

In recent years, many online resources, such as YouTube tutorials, have made guitar playing more accessible than ever before. However, some older adults are seeking more personalized instruction by turning to in-person teachers.

This article was inspired by a recent Facebook post where many older adults shared their stories of learning to play guitar, even for the first time, in their 60s, 70s, and beyond.

They encouraged others to take up the challenge, confirming that it is never too late to learn. These inspiring stories show how older adults are embracing music education and enjoying the many benefits of learning a new skill.

The benefits of learning to play guitar as an older adult

Playing guitar has numerous cognitive and physical benefits for older adults. Here are just a few of them:

  1. Improved cognitive function: Playing an instrument stimulates the brain and can improve cognitive function. This is particularly important for older adults who may be at risk for cognitive decline.
  2. Increased social connections: Learning to play guitar can also lead to increased social connections. Many older adults join local guitar groups or take lessons with others, giving them a chance to make new friends and connect with like-minded individuals.
  3. Enhanced physical dexterity: Playing guitar can improve physical dexterity, particularly in the fingers and hands. This can be beneficial for older adults who may be experiencing decreased mobility or arthritis.
  4. Reduced stress: Playing the guitar is a relaxing and meditative activity that can reduce stress and anxiety. This is particularly important for older adults who may be experiencing more stress as they age.

Personalized instruction vs. online resources

While online resources have made guitar playing more accessible, some older adults prefer the personalized instruction of an in-person teacher.

In-person lessons can be tailored to the individual’s skill level and learning style, making it easier to progress and achieve specific goals. Additionally, teachers can provide feedback and help correct mistakes in real-time, leading to a more efficient learning experience. On the other hand, online resources can be more flexible and convenient, allowing individuals to learn at their own pace and on their own schedule.

Final Thoughts

Learning to play guitar is an excellent way for older adults to keep their minds and bodies active, reduce stress, and connect with others. With numerous online resources and in-person teachers available, it is easier than ever for older adults to learn this skill. The Facebook comments of older adults who have embraced guitar playing demonstrate that it is never too late to learn and that the benefits are worth the effort.