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mike_in_st_c Am I too old to learn? (144* d) RE: Am I too old to learn? 10 Nov 06

I love this thread too! I started taking lessons at 49, two years ago, after trying to teach myself for many many years. I seem to lack direction and or stick to itiveness on my own. My teacher had told me to keep the three p's in mind; patience, practice, and persistance. Last Christmas, after taking lessons for a year, I thought I'd try playing Christmas songs for my wife's family. The idea took root and flourished. I went into a recording studio and recorded a cd that I gave to family members as a Christmas present. My older brother, who has been a professional jazz musician in San Francisco for 30 years said it was ten minutes of heaven. I've decided to record a cd every year just as a milemark for myself to see if I can detect any progress. Tonight though is a real benchmark for me. I'm going to be playing at a coffeehouse in Fonthill, a little town about twenty minutes from here. I get ten minutes on stage (eegad!) and have been diligently practicing two songs all week. I'm lucky, I work in a group home and can take my guitar to work. It is such an absolute pleasure and joy that if I had one wish, it would be that I could have swallowed pride and stupidity 30-40 years ago and taken lessons. Ah, "but I was so much older then,I'm younger than that now." Mike

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