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Is 50 too old to learn the banjo?

Posted by pawoodwkr on Monday, January 2, 2012

Hi folks!

I have been a "lurker" to this site for a few months, so finally decided to sign up. Bought a used Aria 5-string two months ago as a starter. The guy said it sat in its case for five years, since his teen-age son never realy got interested. Been plucking maybe 1/2 hr -45 mins (all I can spare) each night since. Lot of good info here! Everyone is very knowledgeable. Especially enjoyed the Rob Bourassa lessons on youtube. He is very patient, does not go too fast and explains well. Thanks Rob and everyone at BH for letting me join!

20 comments on “Is 50 too old to learn the banjo?”

joemac Says:
Monday, January 2, 2012 @11:48:39 AM

No its not too late!!!! just take your time and enjoy it, dont try to rush forward to the next tune or exercise. Be pleaed with what you are doing and let it nurture itself...........Good luck

rinemb Says:
Monday, January 2, 2012 @11:51:47 AM

I started at about age 50. I may never be great, but I can play many a tune, and keep up with most. And, I am having a blast. A few people have even paid to hear our band.

wrightedward Says:
Monday, January 2, 2012 @1:00:19 PM

I started at 40 ,,still cant play LOL ..But keep at it it will happen .Besides it is fun .OH i am 76 now and i can play a little ,,so do it ..

MiG-19 Says:
Monday, January 2, 2012 @1:00:50 PM

Dave, age is just a number. Welcome aboard!

fixdent Says:
Monday, January 2, 2012 @1:28:58 PM

Got my first banjo for my 50th birthday from my wife....(I think she might be sorry now)....


TimDreamer Says:
Monday, January 2, 2012 @1:55:02 PM

Just started myself at 50+, so it's never too late to start!! Got the bug now.... :-P.

n1wr Says:
Monday, January 2, 2012 @2:05:18 PM

Dave: I'm 65 and just about a year into learning. There's a couple folks well over the 80 mark doing the same. What counts is persistence. Practice every day for at least a half hour, have a plan for learning, and take it slow. If you do that by the tiem you're 51 you'll be playing in jams.

Wayne in Maryland

kevinwholmes Says:
Monday, January 2, 2012 @2:09:04 PM

I started at 55 with the main goal of playing well enough to please myself, which I've done, but I keep trying to get better; that's the fun part, when practicing no longer feels like practicing.

cb56 Says:
Monday, January 2, 2012 @2:30:33 PM

Dave I'm 55 and just started banjo last summer. I'm not all that good at it but I am having fun with it. That's what it's all about.
btw my Mother in law started playing ukulele at age 77 and now at age 83 she's out playing nursing home gigs with our family all playing uke.
So whether it's banjo or something else, you're never too old.

banjohurricane Says:
Monday, January 2, 2012 @2:31:52 PM

It is never to late to start playing a banjo or any other instrument for that matter all you need is the desire to play. Find a local teacher to get you started in the right direction learn your rolls and the tunes will follow. Have fun and good luck.

rickshunter1 Says:
Monday, January 2, 2012 @3:01:15 PM

heck i started at 50 its been fun

jim109b Says:
Monday, January 2, 2012 @4:20:56 PM

Flamin' well better not be! Seriously, just do it, have fun. You'll make progress if you practice, simple as that.

No, you won't learn at the rate that a 15 year old does, but you won't have spots either :)

BanjoFlyboy Says:
Monday, January 2, 2012 @4:22:03 PM

Dave, I wish I had started when I was a youngster like you! I was 58, and that was just over five years ago.

jswkingsfield Says:
Monday, January 2, 2012 @10:22:30 PM

Go for it! The Silver Strings website was started by a gal who first picked up the instrument at 51. I started at 47. Why let kids have all the fun?

banjodawg Says:
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 @6:13:15 AM

Heck no! I started just before my 50th birthday and it has been a delightful adventure. It may take me a little longer to learn tunes than it would have at 15, but so what! Our little band is led by a gentleman who started playing guitar at 70! We have a blast and you will , too!

banjogal12 Says:
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 @8:01:00 AM

Gosh, I hope not...I'm 63 and just getting started on this wonderful journey! Enjoy. Life is short...go for the gusto!

barbbanjo Says:
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 @4:08:47 PM

Amen to every post!

Banjoukegirl Says:
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 @5:08:37 PM

Well, I guess I'm the one who is the most senior (67) and a GIRLLLL. So, there is hope for all you "youngsters." I started playing a mountain dulcimer 4.5 years ago, and have learned several instruments since then. Banjo is so cool! Age doesn't matter at all. Enjoy. From an old gal in N. California

Lev8 Says:
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 @4:10:50 AM

I am 45 and just starting, keep going. Never let anyone tell you, that you cannot learn.

Newbie1961 Says:
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @4:14:00 PM

Gosh I hope 50 is not too late. If it is I am screwed. I bought my banjo last week and I turned 50 Oct gone by

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