“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.”
—Jake Posko, Severn River Guitar
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.”
“That’s not necessarily just an age thing, that can happen to all of us.”
—Dieter Ulrich Peise, Guitar Ingenuity
Indeed, some say older students are actually better equipped to get started than their younger counterparts.