For many instruments, there’s a window of opportunity that opens widest in childhood. After that, taking lessons can be an uphill battle, especially if you don’t read music or have never played any other instruments. As the years go by, many teens and adults think “it’s too late for me to learn anything now.”
Thankfully, that’s not the case with guitar! It is an ideal instrument for teens and adults to try.
Here are a couple of reasons why that is:
Size: The guitar, with it’s wide body and long neck, is cumbersome for youngsters, but teenagers and adults can comfortably hold it and finger the frets. The tension in the strings presents a challenge for little hands, but not for those of us who are older.
Quick Play: Playing chords is a simple matter of placing your fingers on the right frets, and then strumming. Hum or sing along and you instantly feel like a musician. Using the song-based approach to learning guitar is satisfying and fun!
Compact: I love my piano, but I can’t take it with me when visiting family or friends. A guitar is portable and lightweight. Investing in a good strap makes it even easier to carry around.
No Experience: Although it helps if you can read music, that’s not crucial when learning guitar. You can start your lessons without any prior musical experience. Our son, Joseph, has been enrolled in online lessons with Fender play since 2017. This is the first instrument he’s ever learned. The only requirement to succeed with Fender Play’s online program is a desire to learn guitar.
The interface is clean and easy on the eyes. Navigating through the options is really simple. Joseph likes to get started by clicking My Path from the top menu; this takes him to a hub where he can check his progress, finish where he left off, or take a look at suggested video tutorials and songs. His path is set to Country; you can choose whatever musical style suits you and change at any time to keep the content relevant.
Still not convinced it’s too late for guitar lessons? Don’t worry, because I went ahead and did some Googling for you. T Model Ford and Son House (both from my home state of Mississippi) picked up their guitars and started moaning the blues in adulthood. Country singer, Kenny Chesney (yes he really did sing All I Want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan) taught himself to play after finishing school. And David Allan Coe discovered in his late twenties that playing guitar and writing songs was more rewarding than prison time.
It’s a new year with new aspirations and what could be better than giving wings to your musical dreams?
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