The best way for an adult to learn guitar
The best way for an adult to learn guitar
In this article, we’re going to address the challenges that can arise when you try to learn the guitar as a brand new skill as an adult (ages 45 and up).
I want to first state that this article is not saying that if you have these issues you cannot learn guitar. In fact, this article is stating you can learn guitar, but you’re going to need to learn guitar a certain way in order to become the player you want to be. I will talk more about this at the end of the article.
It has been stated time and time again that learning new skills as an adult is harder. Why is this? Well there are many reasons. For guitar players over the age of 45, the physical aspect of playing guitar is really what gets them the most.
There are multiple ways for us to determine whether you may have a harder time learning guitar.
1) Career Choice
2) Choice of Hobbies
3) Health Records
Now before we dive into these aspects of guitar playing, I want to make this very clear, again:
If you have one of these problems, this does not mean you cannot learn the guitar. It simply means there’s a chance that a certain aspect of guitar may be more difficult for you. In which case, there are certain ways you’re going to need to learn guitar and a certain type of expert to seek out to help you with these challenges.
Depending on your career choice, guitar can actually be easier for you. For many adults, typing on a computer is the norm. This will benefit you when learning guitar. It keeps the dexterity in your fingers and also maintains finger independence. Finger independence is the ability to independently move your fingers without having to rely on moving the entire arm, hand or shoulder. If you’re one of the people who types using one finger, you will not receive the same benefits.
Any job that requires detailed work with the fingers will allow you to pick up the guitar much easier. As far as I’ve noticed, those 45 years and younger with these types of jobs only suffer minor setbacks while learning guitar.
he hardest career for learning guitar is construction. Not only are you not doing much detailed finger movements, but you’re also beating the crap out of your fingers. You’ve been manhandling that part of your body for years and, in some cases, decades. This type of issue will require more patience. Like I said, it doesn’t mean that you cannot learn the guitar, but that you simply must take care to learn it a specific way. I will touch on this more towards the end of the article.
Choice Of Hobbies:
You’re going to sense a little bit of a pattern here. Anything that allows you to keep your fingers moving and working separately from each other will assist in guitar playing. It’s a very simple concept: if you don’t use it, you lose it. Therefore, hobbies that involve many fingers moving separately from each other may be of benefit to you. For example, if you’re typing on a keyboard all day because you’re playing video games. That could benefit you, if you’re older. That’s not permission to play video games instead of practicing guitar, it’s simply a note that this activity could stave off coordination problems you will have when you’re older.. Likewise, sports involve a lot of coordination and tension management and, as it turns out, so does guitar. Being self-aware of your body makes it much easier to learn the guitar as opposed to someone who is not used to being that alert.
Any sort of hobby involving weightlifting or construction can also be beneficial. Anything where you use your hands a lot can have an effect on your body. The consequences of these hobbies can affect your ability to pick up guitar. Another difficulty can be if you haven’t learned something new in a very long time. People who haven’t learned a new skill will struggle simply because they haven’t used that part of their brain in a long time. Constantly learning new skills will keep your brain active and healthy.
The body is an equilibrium. Certain health issues cause by strains can harm your ability to learn the guitar. This can include tendonitis, arthritis, rotary cuff problems and any other tendon damaging problem. Many times it can make it so painful you can’t even play.
What You Should Look For In A Teacher When Learning Guitar As an Adult:
Now that we’ve covered all three sections of potential effects on people 45 and up, I want to again remind you, that no matter what problems you may have, you can still learn guitar. You just may need to be more patient. Also, realize with these issues that teaching yourself is going to be difficult. Students with physical disadvantages would be best suited to find a teacher who specializes in the technique of the guitar. This would be some who is more of a shred guitarist. Yes, even if you don’t want to shred, you should consider studying under such a person, at least for a time. These teachers are technique experts, which is why they were able to raise their playing speed to such impressive levels. It’s not something you never could do, you just need the right teacher with the right specialties. So, for those of you looking to learn blues who hate shredding. Great, don’t shred, but make sure if you have a playing disadvantage that you learn from someone who can help you overcome those disadvantages. This means you need the best technical teacher around, not someone who is simply a singer-songwriter. Players that can’t shred don’t know all the specifics that go into shredding and all the little details that will prevent you from playing at your best. Do you want to perform at your best?
About the author:
Chris Glyde is a guitar player based out in Rochester, New York, an enthusiastic teacher and guitar technique expert. Looking to play at your best try Rochester Guitar Lessons