Five Reasons Why… You Do Not Have To Be Young To Learn Guitar

There is an old adage that says “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. Is there any truth to this saying?

Well many older people believe that for the reason above, they are simply too old to learn. But consider this, from the moment of our births, we are constantly learning new things, and our brain doesn’t stop. Hence, would it make sense that there would be an age where you would stop learning things? Lets find out.

Here are five reasons why it is good to learn to play the guitar or any musical instrument even if you are old.

It’s Cerebral!

    1.  Learning music is a cerebral activity. Learning to play instruments helps our brain to grow and improves our motor skills. Studies show that the impact of music on adults between 60 and 85 showed robust gains in memory and speed of which they process information. Source: Jennifer Bugos, Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Florida

Feel Good and Reduce Stress!

    1.  Playing your guitar is a feel-good experience. Hearing or playing music triggers dopamine in the brain, which helps you to feel good. Playing instruments also helps you cope with stress and even reduce it. It’s a well-known fact that excessive stress triggers disease, so older people could greatly benefit from regular playing of any musical instrument.

It’s Good to be Disciplined!

    1.  Learning to play guitar teaches one to have discipline and perseverance, qualities many older ones have already. This is because learning to play any instrument takes time and effort. Practice and focus are needed to learn a particular song whether its simple or complex. If you can master these things, it will help you out in the long run, young or old.

Be Happy and Satisfied!

    1.  This leads us to the next point, which is the fact that learning music it is extremely rewarding. When we put the effort into practising and playing a song correctly, this gives an enormous sense of satisfaction. This can of course, benefit all, old or young.

You Can Do It!

  1.  To answer the question “Am I too old to play guitar?”, Think of this: an old dog can indeed learn new tricks, but only if he believes. If he believes he can’t, then he will not. You can do whatever you put your mind too. Half the battle is overcoming the false perception that older people can’t learn new things.


Look What These Older Folks have Acomplished!

Kimani Maruge comes to mind when he finally decided to enrol in first grade at the age of 84 years old.

Dorothy Davenhill Hirsch who visited the North Pole at age 89 years old.

Smoky Dawson of Australia who released his country album “Homestead of My Dreams” at age 92 years.

These examples have stared the “you can’t teach and old dog new tricks” proverb right in the face and conquered it. You can check out these and other examples at this website:

So in reality, you are never to old to pick up a guitar, or any instrument for that matter, and learn to play.

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