How to Learn an Instrument at a Later Age in Life



When you hit a certain age, around 35 or so, you start to wonder about all of the things you have yet to do in your lifetime. For many, that something is learning to play an instrument, and playing it well. And, while many write this off as something they will never do, others are seeing the real possibilities and benefits of learning an instrument later in life.

Trust in Your Comprehension and Understanding of Music

You have been listening to and understanding music for quite some time. Much longer than the kids and teens that typically pick up an instrument in middle or high schools. Therefore, you have the age advantage of having more music experience and knowing more genres, symbols, and meanings. Trust in your experience with music and your comprehension of some musical stylings, but be open to learning more.

Pick an Instrument that Speaks Volumes to Your Senses

This part isn’t difficult. You should learn the instrument that you most love to listen to. For instance, if drums feel like your heartbeat, or the guitar pulls at your soul strings, you should totally strive to learn these instruments.

Implement Discipline, Focus, and Practice like an Adult

You’re an adult, so practice like one. In a book of psychiatry resource information, you learn that adults are more capable of learning an instrument because they have the forward-thinking drive and ability to practice self-discipline. Be strict with yourself, but flexible in your learning schedule. You have the discipline, focus, and know-how, so you simply need the practice time and the seriousness of wanting to learn a new instrument.

Trust the Process because Practice Makes Perfect, as the Saying Goes

When you want to learn a new instrument, or anything really, at a later age in life, you need to practice and work hard. Keep hold of your passion and confidence, but remember that practice comes with patience. You won’t learn how to play perfectly overnight.

Invest in Good Lessons from a Reliable Teacher

Sure, there are loads of tutorials on the internet, or how-to books in the libraries, but real lessons come from good, reliable music teachers. Find someone in your area that’s willing to work with you to help you learn, and perhaps master, the instrument of your choice. Or, if a teacher isn’t available, maybe ask a good friend that knows the ins and outs of music and that particular instrument.

It is possible to learn an instrument at a later age in life, but perseverance and dedication are moreso important now than ever before. So, keep your commitment up, and remember to practice, practice, practice.