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Is there a time when it IS too late to learn ?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by fearceol, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
  2. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
  3. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006

    Anyone else care to give "another" detailed response. :D
  4. johnnyzbass


    Dec 13, 2013
    It's never to late to learn, that's what keeps our brains active and hands and fingers flexible. Today there are lots of online lessons available, take a look at a few and choose one that suits you.
    I started by playing along with my favourite tunes back in the 60's.:bassist:
  5. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    When that time is varies with the individual. For me, I'll consider it too late to learn something new a couple days after they bury me. Although I would love to be proved wrong.
  6. pica


    Nov 26, 2009
    I think the older you get the harder it is to learn, but it's never too late. I started at 40 and have to admit it's been a challenge at times.
  7. Mennolineum


    Nov 12, 2013
    I think learning something new when you suffer from dementia is kinda hard.. but before then no i don't think Any moment is too late but you might want to set your goals differently.. for example my mom startend learning an instrument, she's 58:) my grandma wanted to learn djembé, she s 83:)
  8. spvmhc


    Apr 14, 2011
    That's the standard. I first picked up the bass when I retired. I play every day and enjoy it. Am I getting any better at it? Yes! Is learning harder for me than it used to be? Probably! Will I every earn a cent by playing professionally? No! But I refuse to accept that as a reason to give up.
  9. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    A lot of my clients with Teach Me Bass Guitar are guys and gals that are enjoying Second Life and want the bass to be part of their lives. They're having fun with it and learning, so I think the answer is it's only too late when you stop breathing or being able to use your hands or feet (Dave Pomeroy made me aware of an amazing bassist who plays with his feet because he has no arms!).
  10. tbear1776


    Apr 8, 2013
    I started playing at the young age of 65. Started with a great teacher and am having a blast. I play with a few friends at least once a month and have had a some paying gigs. Too late is when you're dead.
  11. lundborg


    Apr 8, 2008
  12. When I was younger I never had time to practice, so I never improved, got bored and gave up. Now I have more time to practice and more money to buy good quality equipment. I actually look forward to practice. There are some benefits to starting later in life.

    I found a teacher that's teaching me music theory and technique. I find both to be fascinating (even if I get things wrong) The thing is I'm learning and having fun. And with the theory behind me I understand music more.
  13. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    Good point. There is a saying that goes..."use it or lose it", i.e. when we reach a certain age it is important to keep active both mentally and physically to slow down the ageing process. Surely it is a great thing to be able to do this and have fun doing so.
  14. cbrophy


    Nov 11, 2009
    Central MA.
    I started to learn how to play the bass at 45. Had no problems learning how to do that. What I lack is the 10,000hrs needed to become an expert!
  15. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    i would say, until poor physicality inhibits your learning (to play bass), it is not too late.

    but to answer the op's question whether he meant it this way or not, I hope to be learning until the day I die. Knowledge is what we as humans thrive on, IMO, and it is never too late to learn.
  16. Marcury

    Marcury High and Low

    Aug 19, 2007
    Mid Hudson Valley, NY
    I'm 56 been playing bass since high school give or take a few years. I never learned more than a few barre chords on guitar. Two years ago I decided i wanted to learn fingerpicking on guitar. I'm thrilled with my progress. So in my experience no it's never too late; unless you believe it is in which case self-fulfilling prophecy is probably the issue.
  17. Personally I think that since I'm just a couple of months away from 60 it's too late for me to be the next Victor Wooten or Jaco Pastorius, but that only means that my goals have to be realistic. So I strive to be the best bass player I can possibly be, locking in with the drummer to make a solid rhythm section, keeping time the best I can, and serving the song. I can't be Hadrien Feraud, but I can be Ron Blair! :bassist:
  18. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    When you lose your faculties or use of your hands. That's it.
  19. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    Is it ever too late to learn? No No No a thousand times no.
  20. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member


    For a guy like me who had re-constructive surgery in his right hand, I will inevitably be getting arthritis in my right hand. Once it becomes hard to play it would be pointless to learn.

    I would like to think I would have acquired enough hobbies and interests by that time to keep me occupied.