The Starting Gate

I hear from a number of adults that they feel that it is too late for them to begin to learn to play music.  I always tell them that it is never too late to start learning.  I started playing guitar when I was eighteen years old.  I had played in the school band at age thirteen and started playing electric bass at age fifteen.

From what I have seen, on average, my start was relatively late.  I have met a lot of people who started learning music earlier than I.  Most of them stopped playing and learning for one reason or another.

Sometimes, I think: ‘Holy Cow! Imagine if all these people kept playing!’  I probably would not be much competition for them.  Not that my true feelings in music are competitive, but work is work and livelihoods are always competitive in some way.

Frankly, the world would probably be a better place if fewer people quit music because they were getting a job and a family.  A job and a family seem to be good reasons for continuing to develop musically.

My youngest daughter, Claire, and I have been working on some songs that she can sing while I play guitar.  Earlier today, we made some videos of her singing and I have posted them on YouTube.  She will probably get tons more ‘Views’ than I ever have, but she is far more cute and talented.


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