how late can you start??

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how late can you start??

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So how late in life can you start learning to play the fiddle? Anyone here started learning to play past the age of 50?

(I know... I know... You are supposed to start learning an instrument when you are a kid. It didn't happen.)
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As late as you like because you don't get another chance later!

When I was a music student many years ago I remember some friends' landlady being turned down by one cello teacher because she was 'too old' at 70-odd. Then my 80-something cello-teaching friend took her on! :-)
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I don't buy the lie that only children can learn a new language or a musical instrument. It's simply not true.

Anyway, well, you can certainly start learning a minute before you die. Won't have much time to practice while you're here, but you can always take it up again later!
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Learning to play an instrument was my retirement project - need something to keep your mind active... :thumbsup:
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Go for it. Not a fiddle player here, but I started flute at 55 some time ago. I am now thinking harp might be a great next step to get the left hand doing different things like chords, that would be almost age 70.
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Post by PB+J »

I started flute two years ago, age 59. I'll never be a really good flute player, but I've come a long way and the challenge had been great. Frustrating, sure, but also stimulating and rewarding.

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