Is 26 too old to learn guitar?

I’ve got a question:

A: I’m not sure the age of your age dictates that. Perhaps a person who is 16 or 17, or in his/her 20s will be more adept at learning and playing a guitar at a particular age. In general, a person can learn a guitar much more quickly by listening and practising diligently, than by reading books. So, if the question is of a younger person, and you have already tried many hours of listening and playing to build up your skills, there is no reason why your guitar should not be more easily learnt than your reading books.

B: Yes, many people, both new and old, think that the age of your actual age determines whether or not you are an appropriate teacher for children. I find this a bit ridiculous. Many kids are good players at age 10 and even adults. Even at a young age, it would be best for all involved if one person’s interest in learning and teaching was not restricted within a specific age group.

I’m not sure what you mean. Is the age of your actual age something that the teacher can easily determine?

E: It is a difficult thing to know. My parents were a bit strict with my music school career. As I got older, I was not allowed to sit for guitar tests and that made it easier for me to learn than some of my friends who couldn’t sit for tests at all. I learned the basics in our house before I even had time for guitar tests and as a result, I can sit for a guitar test now and play in my band. I guess the real answer is that it depends completely on where you are in life. This goes for children also. Some children will have the most ability in a particular field, but other children will be better at something but only in a fraction of the time.

“The question is of a younger person, and you have already tried many hours of listening and playing to build up your skills, there is no reason why your guitar should not be more easily learnt than your reading books.”


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I was curious about your opinions on the differences between the sexes with regards to guitar music.

B: I didn’t feel a lot of difference in the way boys and girls actually approached the subject. It was more that as a woman, I sometimes felt like there weren’t enough female musicians. It was certainly not a problem for me, but if I was a boy, I think I would have felt differently.