Middle-aged People Are Taking Up The Electric Guitar!

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  1. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Just been helping a pal start from scratch. He's 53. He played a tiny bit as a teenager and can just hold down a G chord!

    He's sorted with a Squier Bullet Strat and the new Yammie THR10... along with the Fender lessons that come with new guitars. He's delighted!

    His ambitions extend to "leaning some Floyd tracks and being able to play along to them". Go, Tiger!

    Know anyone else taking it up in their '50s or '60s?
     

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  2. 50ShadesofOrange

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    I thought I qualified as a late-starter, picking the guitar up at 39.

    Closing in on 10 years later, I still think I’m pretty awful, but I love and enjoy playing. Isn’t that the most important part?

    I hope any and all “late arrivals” enjoy the guitar as much as I have.
     
  3. Torren61

    Torren61 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Good. We need to steer them to the used market so I can move some of my stuff. Oh, and get them thinking about wood and shapes of guitars and all that other crap so they'll be chasing tone around and around and around and around and...
     
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    I think your friend is awesome! (and no, I'm not just tryin' to sell some gear)
    I used to think if someone hadn't taken up ANY instrument in their youth, they simply weren't a "player type", and wouldn't amount to much of one later in life. But....better late than never. At my age, I tried some new tasks and acquired new skills, and, while I may never have my own TV show about them, I can still enjoy it and do what I can to improve myself.
    Be sure you turn your friend onto TDPRI.....I've learned a ton of stuff (not just musical things) here myself. Tell him good luck from me. (and US)
     
  5. thunderbyrd

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    middle age men taking up the guitar - model electric train manufacturers everywhere nervous and defensive.
     
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  6. bftfender

    bftfender Friend of Leo's

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    started guitar at 51 not by choice
     
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  7. rze99

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    Rod Stewart has that market covered!
     
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    Loving and enjoying playing is indeed the most important part!
     
  9. Buckaroo65

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    Started playing with a guy in my village this summer, he's 59 and has been playing bass for about 2 years... played together for about 6 months and we've already done 5 gigs, so i say stop wastin' time and get 'er done!
     
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    oops, faster with buttons than brains tonight...
     
  11. Buckaroo65

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    (the drummer has a model train)
     
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    My dad started learning at 60. He had messed around on guitar in his youth but never got anywhere with it. Rhythm isn't his strong point but he has fun which is the main thing.
     
  13. bftfender

    bftfender Friend of Leo's

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    guitar quit with studio time paid, wrote the whole 10 song CD over the summer& was ready to go & practiced up. Went got SG & 339 & just went for it. 10+10+10+12, 42 songs done since.learning all along the way.
     
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    Now that I’m nearly 60, I should start telling people I started playing guitar when I reached middle age. It would provide an explanation for my skill level that “I’ve been playing since I was 13” is utterly failing to do.
     
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    I had been guitarless for 15+ years when I started playing again at age 48.
    I got back together with an old girlfriend from my 20s. She remembered my playing from the old days and talked me into playing again.
    I bought a Taylor 714ce in 1998 and it was off to the races!

    Twang Dog
     
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    it's never too late to start a time consuming and expensive hobby!!! And one that keeps your head out of your phone!
     
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    I started 2 years ago at 57. I’m already better than I was then
     
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    bftfender forced to play guitar at gunpoint-news at 11 !!!!:eek::confused:o_O
     
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    glad it happened..way easier to write on guitar
     
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    Thats the age i started and tell him Good Luck!! i also played for about a month when i was 17, i packed it in was hard learning from a book and i suppose i wanted to go out and enjoy myself as well.
     
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