There’s a common misconception about music, and that is if you want to be good at playing it, you have to start when you’re young. In all actuality, you can learn how to play an instrument (with no previous understanding of music) at any age. Even people well into their golden years can pick up a guitar or sit behind a keyboard and play a decent tune. All it takes is a lot of patience.
You can blame the old adage that an old dog can’t learn new tricks for fooling the world. Most people think that musical training is only possible for children, during a time when young brains are still squishy and impressionable – when information and ideas are readily absorbed. But don’t sell yourself short; your brain isn’t as ossified as you might think. You can still learn new things and change the way you think at any stage of your life.
That isn’t to say that learning the keyboard in your 60s will be as easy as it would have been had you learnt it when you were 10. Your brain is already fully formed and created connections between synapses that your younger counterpart hasn’t yet; but you also have a lot of advantages over a younger student. You have real world experience with patience (working a 9 to 5 job certainly tests it) and have a greater ability to understand abstract thought (which is a large part of musical theory).
With dedication, patience, and realistic goals, you too can pick up any instrument you want. It certainly helps if you have a great teacher showing you the ropes too; Long & McQuade – the largest online music store in Canada – can connect you with an instructor who can help a mature pupil wrap his or her mind around a new instrument. And with their extensive selection of instruments, you can purchase a new keyboard through their website that’s perfect with which to start your musical journey.
So the next time you think that you’re too old to learn how to play an instrument, think again. You can be playing “Für Elise” with the best of them at any age. All you need is the patience and enthusiasm to continue practicing through your learning curve, and you’ll find that even the oldest dogs have a few tricks hidden up their sleeves.