Finding Musical Ability Late in Life I Kevin Armstrong


I've always loved music, rock and blues especially, but it wasn't until about 7 years ago that I decided I would try to learn how to play some of my favourite songs on a guitar.


I was in my fifties, so it was probably my second mid-life crisis that led me to buy a cheap acoustic guitar from Argos. The pleasure from being able to play 3 chords straightaway, not a song, just the chords and they actually sounded musical, was fantastic. I'd tried when I was very young on my friend's guitar but couldn't get the sound to ring out clearly. Now here it was. So, learning more chords, getting more books, and more tuition DVDs opened up a whole new world. Someone once wrote that once you could knock a few chords together, you would never be lonely; you and your guitar would always make nice sounds and take your mind away from the stresses and strains of life. That has turned out to be true.


Next step was to pluck up the courage to find a teacher. Like anything else, you make quick progress for a while but then hit a wall as things become harder. It happened to me with languages, with golf and also the guitar. The teacher plus a year of tuition got me through to the next level and also opened my eyes and ears to just how wonderful being able to play was. I'm now at the next stage of hitting a wall and so a call to my teacher will be in order before long!!!


What instrument would you like to learn?

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