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Musicians that "started late" in their lives

 
 
Reply Wed 19 Apr, 2006 01:13 pm
I've done a google search without much success of musicians that began learning their first instrument at an age older than 25.

I have a friend that's thinking about learning the piano but she thinks she's too old for that at 26 and I wanted to give her some examples to let her see that it's very much possible.
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NickFun
 
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Reply Wed 19 Apr, 2006 02:01 pm
I took up the guitar at 40 and now I play some mean tunes. My friend Bill learned the piano at 55. It's never too late!
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Wed 19 Apr, 2006 04:32 pm
I would suspect that if she wanted to become a professional musician it would be a bit late. But for her own pleasure, why not?
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CowDoc
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 07:31 pm
How about Moms Mabley? I don't think she ever did learn an instrument.
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Pantalones
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 11:02 pm
How long have you been playing the guitar, Nick?

I did some basic googling and couldn't find much info on Moms, why did you bring her up CowDoc?
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NickFun
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 11:37 pm
Five years now Joel. And I'm pretty good at it. As I am already in the entertainment industry, I may even get the chance to play on film.
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Pantalones
 
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Reply Fri 21 Apr, 2006 01:07 pm
Wow, that's impressive, learned the instrument by yourself or with teaching?

Do/did you practice daily?
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NickFun
 
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Reply Fri 21 Apr, 2006 02:39 pm
I practiced almost daily for a couple os years. Now I practice about 2 - 3 times a week. I took some lessons from a noted Jazz guitarist.
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CowDoc
 
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Reply Sun 23 Apr, 2006 10:02 am
I simply remembered Moms Mabley and Mrs. Miller as examples of older artists with short, often "one-hit" careers. I don't know how long they kicked around the business before they made the charts, transient though it was.
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Sun 23 Apr, 2006 01:32 pm
I hear Howlin' Wolf didn't really get going until he was 50!

That may be a lie but I'm too lazy today to google it.
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LionTamerX
 
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Reply Sun 23 Apr, 2006 01:45 pm
Kin Gordon from Sonic Youth was in her mid to late twenties when she picked up the bass. She's done alright for herself.
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Pantalones
 
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Reply Mon 24 Apr, 2006 12:30 pm
Well, wikipedia says Howlin' Wolf was born in 1910 and by 1948 he had formed a band. So 50 is out of the question but 35+ is possible, still pretty impressive.

I thought there would be more well known examples.
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Mon 24 Apr, 2006 12:51 pm
LionTamerX wrote:
Kin Gordon from Sonic Youth was in her mid to late twenties when she picked up the bass. She's done alright for herself.


Wow...they have some nasty guitar, not sure how she's looked upon as a bass player though?

Listening to some of the pop-rock bands, a lot of songs can be learned in 5 minutes and it doesn't take much skill to play them. Don't see why someone couldn't become a successful musician starting in their twenties. Looking at the people who are really considered great though, I'd bet most started young.
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NickFun
 
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Reply Mon 24 Apr, 2006 04:07 pm
Slappy took up the Kazoo just two weeks ago and he's already a master.
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Pantalones
 
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Reply Thu 27 Apr, 2006 01:29 pm
Slappy Doo Hoo wrote:
Looking at the people who are really considered great though, I'd bet most started young.


That seems to be the rule of thumb.
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Gargamel
 
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Reply Thu 27 Apr, 2006 01:34 pm
Kim G is a pretty awesome song writer, I think. Some people don't dig her, but I'm a fan for sure.

Okay, so the Wolf was younger than I thought. I do know he was very tall and over 300 pounds, and even in middle age his stage antics were outrageous. Like he would climb the stage curtains, howling of course.
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imnidiot
 
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Reply Fri 12 May, 2006 07:00 pm
There is a good thread on www.datadragon .com about "late Bloomers" it's quite interesting. It's an older thread, so if you check it out, you'll have to ga back in the files.
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imnidiot
 
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Reply Fri 12 May, 2006 07:01 pm
I forgot to put the .com on that site, so here it is again www.datadragon.com
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Roxxxanne
 
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Reply Tue 16 May, 2006 11:37 pm
It is rare but there are people who become virtuosos starting at a later age. The odds are against you, especially because most people have to work for a living, there is just not enough time to catch up.

But if you are a performer and have what they call "it" you don't have to be a great musician.
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Pantalones
 
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Reply Wed 17 May, 2006 12:09 am
Thanks imnidiot, this really helps!
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