Am I too old?
Posted 18 December 2017 - 20:16
A newby here . Always had an interest in music and would love to play an instrument. At age 76 with time to devote is it possible to play cornet.
Cannot afford much and have some idea of music notation but not put any of this into practice. Have a 7C mouthpiece and practice embouchure by blowing raspberries through it. Internet instruction is the way I will go as no bands in my isolated area of Scotland. Advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.I would also appreciate advice on cheap suitable instruments for my needs. Self entertainment is my goal.
Thanks for reading this
Posted 18 December 2017 - 20:34
Hello, Doug and welcome to the Forums!
There are lots and lots of lovely, helpful and experienced people here who can advise you a lot better than me. All I would say go for it regardless of your age - please keep us updated on your progress, highs and lows. One thing I have found is that the cost of learning an instrument is always more than I imagined, so be prepared.
The very best of luck!
PS - I'm intrigued by your username. What's the story behind it?
Posted 18 December 2017 - 20:59
Thanks for the advice. I now feel welcome already. Username comes from a past interesting job involving world travel but cannot enlarge.
Location excludes formal lessons so relying on online courses coupled with self practice. Used a bugle in Boys Brigade centuries ago but the old bugle I have is proving difficult in higher notes Lips not yet flexible enough I suspect and need to exercise diaphragm more.
Thanks for your welcome and support. Once I get a cornet I will be on my way.
Posted 18 December 2017 - 21:02
I was at an adult learners brass band concert a few months ago, and there was a lady playing there who had taken up her instrument (I think it was also a cornet) when she was over 70. I also knew a bassoonist who had taken up the instrument after her 70th birthday too, and she was amazing!! So nope, never too old!!! Good luck!!!
Posted 18 December 2017 - 21:21
Hope a knowledgeable person comes along with ideas. Welcome and good luck!
Posted 19 December 2017 - 06:51
Was watching an old black and white Christmas film while putting up tree on Sunday, and one of the characters was the widow of a Queens messenger; it sounded very grand and mysterious.
What an interesting addition to the forum.
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Posted 20 December 2017 - 08:15
Welcome. The community orchestra I used to play in had a beginners' group and they had a new cellist who was 93... It's never too late to start. You may be able to get online lessons e.g. using Skype.
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Posted 20 December 2017 - 21:14
21 is, objectively, younger than 76. However, I've yet to meet anyone of any age over 21 who feels significantly different to how they felt at 21. As in, not turned in to one of those grown ups yet, still just muddling along working out this life thing as it comes at us. So any time is a good time to take up (or return to) and instrument, because you're never past it
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Posted 08 February 2018 - 20:12
i would maybe ask this kind of question in the Viva Brass?