AndreiKrylov wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:45 pm
andreas777 wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:33 pm
Alvisa wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:55 am
I would say that it is never too late but to avoid frustration, you need to have realistic objectives.
This is the crucial point. Think about how much time you want to spend practicing and what you can learn in this period. If you can accept that you will never reach a professional level, or be able to play the most difficult pieces, make more errors than other younger players, but if you have fun practicing and it gives you joy when you can play a piece well from memory, then go for it. What do you have to lose? You have no obligations and can stop playing guitar every day, it's always you who can decide. I would recommend to set a goal and keep learning classical guitar until you have reached this milestone - for example be able to play this Spanish Romance from memory. And when you have reached this milestone you can recap your learning and experiences and decide if you want to continue.
Sure - continue!
and ..yes "you need to have realistic objectives." Play for yourself, enjoy!
I agree with most of the comments raised by the other posts – there is no ‘too old’ category. It was of interest to me that playing the song Spanish Romance was suggested as a target to aspire to. It was listening to that song decades ago that inspired me to pick up a classical guitar in the first place.
As a 68-year-old who has just picked up her classical guitar after a 30-year hiatus (and who never achieved soaring heights of musicality in the first place), I am comforted by, and at ease with my modest expectations and not daunted by the reality that I will never achieve some objective level of excellence. So what.
While my agility, including my finger dexterity, is not what it used to be, my enthusiasm for the classical guitar enterprise has not waned whatsoever.
Adjusting the oft-repeated truism to fit the context, I believe that success should be in the ear of the beholder.
Andrei Krylov, I have listened to your guitar playing on youtube and it is amazing – and I know I will never ever get near to your level of excellence. But I can enjoy your talent and celebrate it – I am not intimidated by your skills, but rather inspired by them. Your closing comment is spot on – I intend to have realistic objectives, play for myself and definitely enjoy the whole experience along the way.