Am I too old to learn how to play guitar?
If you’ve always wanted to learn, there’s good news—experts agree that there is no age limit.
“The majority of my students are people around the age of 30, 40,” says Darius Chrobak of Guitar Couch.
At that age, Chropak says, many students are looking to the guitar to provide an outlet they don’t find elsewhere.
“They’ve got a job, and they’ve got kids, and now it’s time—what else should I do in my life?”
“The guitar may be one of those things that actually bring some light into your life, and will make your days more fun,“ Chrobak continues.
“As long as you’re living and you have fingers, and you can move those fingers across the fretboard, then, yeah, you can play guitar,” explains Jake Posko, of Seven River Guitar in Annapolis, MD.
BUT IT CAN GET HARDER
One thing that may slow guitarists down are the aches and pains that come with age.
“I have one student that comes to mind, she had issues with arthritis in her fingers,” says Dieter Ulrich Peise, of Guitar Ingenuity. “She experienced some pain at certain times when she was playing. But, again, that’s not necessarily just an age thing, that can happen to all of us.”
“As you are older, you may have injuries, or your hands may be not as quick as before. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play the instrument, OK?,” Chrobak says. “You may not be able to play ultra-fast solos, but you know, I promise you, you can do it.”
Indeed, some say older students are actually better equipped to get started than their younger counterparts.
“Adults tend to be more studious, they’re more disciplined, and, also, they are more patient,” Wirth continues.
“In my opinion, a youth can’t compete with an experienced, studious, patient, and disciplined adult when it comes to learning guitar.”