malc laney wrote:If someone with no musical playing experience took up guitar at say , 40+ could they get a result?
Perhaps a retired ballet dancer?
A result, certainly, and, one that can redound to one's fulfillment as a continuing endeavor, if not one attaining to unreasonably lofty goals. It's a case of it being the travelling on the path, not the reaching of a preconceived "end", that constitutes the justification.
There is a book I have around here somewhere, with a prosaic title along the lines of "It's never too late" or some such (I'll try to find it) in which is recounted the experiences of someone who, after living well into middle age with no practical musical experience, decided to take up the cello. He got himself to the point where he was regularly playing in ensembles, and it was a defining satisfaction to his existence. The book was also a great read, as he was a very good writer.
By happenstance, many years ago when my wife and I were regularly playing on the streets of Boston, in amongst the crowd of people who had assembled one evening to listen and talk to us afterwards, there was an older gentleman who was carrying a cello case. After a bit of discussion, it suddenly clicked with the picture I'd seen on the cover, and I recognized that "Hey! You're the guy who wrote that book!". He was on his way to a rehearsal, thus confirming the sustained viability of the thesis of his account.