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#1
Is 17 too late to start playing guitar and get to a decent level?

I've played bass for 2 years but i wanna write songs and melodies and play them with a band, but i cant help but think it's too late. Most of the really great guitarists in my town started when they were 12-14.

Could I realistically ever catch up? Have any really good famous guitarists started late?

#2
Yes, way too late

you're 17, your friends started at 14.

In 15 years time they'll have been playing 18 years, you'll have been playing 15 - what's the difference?
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#3
I would think that an age where you become too feeble to lift the guitar or pluck a string might be a little too late to learn...

I don't think the age would matter, if you practice a lot, practice hard, and put your heart into it each and every time.
#4
well i started at 18, and 2 years on im catching up with people 2-3 years ahead of me
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the faster you can start the better
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#6
its never to late. but i recommend thet you don't annouce your starting for a while. otherwise you have like 13 year old kids beating you with greenday riffs. and thats just sad
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#9
didn't eric clapton start at 18 or 19 (something like that)
#10
Theres no age requirement to start playing and get good. I started when I was 20 if that matters. I think I'm decent.
#11
its never too late, my teacher started playing at 17 n hes ****ing amazing
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#12
18 isn't too late.

But as for famous guitarists, I'm sorry I don't know of anybody. Eddie Van Halen started at 12, and Randy Rhoads was good as hell, but young as hell. But who says age matters? If a 65 year-old man can play blues on an acoustic guitar, why can't you play?

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#13
dont listen to the people who are saying its too late

you can be just as good or better than anyone if you put the effort in

it might take a while but just go for it and youll be better than them, even if some people did start before you


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#14
No, i started when i was 19. Wish i had done it sooner maybe but its still never too late........just means istead of being kiss ass when im 25 i will be kick ass when im 30, unless of course i die.
#15
I played bass for year and a half before I picked up guitar, at which time I was 18. Now I'm 19, just past a year of playing, and I can play better then most of the kids who've played guitar for years (then again, I play a lot and jam as much as possible). Besides, I hear Clapton never picked up guitar until he was 18. It's not how long, its how you've used that time. If you are motivated enough and want it, you can be rocking in no time. Now if its something thats gonna be sitting in your room until you randomly feel the desire to play it for twenty minutes a week, then you will be just like 80% of the guitarists that are already out there.

And don't forget your bass roots man, its so easy to find a new and coming guitarists, and it helps your bass playing to have some guitar knowledge, but its so hard to find a good bassist these days.
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#16
I started at 17. I used to think that I was too old, but then I saw JB in an interview saying he started at 18 or 19.
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#17
Definitely not too late, I started at 19 and Im progressing well and I make a friend who started a year earlier go "NICE" every time I play something in front of him. Its all about your committment determination and passion for the guitar.

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#18
^first off I agree with the sig. I started at 15 but 17 isn't to late no time is as long as you got the time and the will to do it. Go for it man!
#19
i started at 16 but ime glad i didnt start earlier because you really have to be in the right mind - meaning devoted and serious. As long as you r in this state of mind its nver too late, my friend started at 12 and ive been playing for a year by now, hes been playing for 4, and now we are at the same point. And as long as you practise 5 hours a day, its definatly not too late.
#20
I diddled around from 15 till 32 and just really got into playing seriously about 2 or so years ago and I feel that i'm decent and can see getting to be pretty good if I keep it up at the pace i'm going. I have a family and work so practice time is hard to come by, but if you are dedicated to learning, it doesn't matter what age you start. I never intend on being in a band or making a career of it, so who cares. If I can learn to play the stuff I listen to and come up with some of my own stuff, that's all i care about. What I can play now may seem to me somewhat amateurish, but people I play for say it sounds pretty impressive, so whatever. It's just about having fun, and remember that there is no such thing as wasted time playing the guitar. No matter what you're doing, if you're playing, it's time well spent.
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Is 17 too late to start playing guitar and get to a decent level?

I've played bass for 2 years but i wanna write songs and melodies and play them with a band, but i cant help but think it's too late. Most of the really great guitarists in my town started when they were 12-14.

Could I realistically ever catch up? Have any really good famous guitarists started late?



I started playing when I was 17 also, I am going through the same thing. I am amazed we have so much in common. I always regretted that I never discovered my passion for music earlier, but it actually doesn't matter, you just have to practice and love what you are doing. I have been playing for two years also, and I am happy with the way things are going.
I don't know if you heard of Ronnie Earl, but he started playing when he was 23, after seeing Muddy Waters play. He is a respected player among musicians. There is also a classical composer who only started to learn music at the age of 16, and is among the most famous, his name is Aram Khachaturyan.
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#22
It's never too late to correct a mistake!
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#23
Yeah, I tried to start at like 6 or 7, but the instrument kicked my ass, so I gave it up. Then a friend inspired me to play again when I was 12, so I did, and have been ever since. I think it's better to start off later.
#24
Thanks guys! i Feel reassured now.

Is a squire affinity telecaster a good starter guitar? I only have a £200 budget!
#25
I started at 16 years old. I will be 31 next month. The age at which you are starting will not be a hinderance of any kind. As long as you stay devoted to learning and practicing, you will be just fine.
#26
Loads of famous people didnt start till that sort of age. It's never too late.
#27
who cares how old you are. For all but the very lucky few, guitar playing is a hobby, not a career choice. It's never too late to start a new hobby. I just turned 30 in January and I bought my first guitar a week later. I'd never touched a gutiar prior. I have no silly dreams of becoming Eric Clapton. I just want to enjoy the process of learning the guitar. If that's how you approach it too, you'll do just fine.
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It's never too late.
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#29
I started when I was about 21. MOST people play the guitar as a hobby. Its a hobby that can start when you retire or that can be with you all of your life, including retirement.
#30
Well I started when I was like 9 or something. But you learn so slowly when you start so early! All my friends that started when they were about 12 were catching me. The older you are when you start learning it, the faster you pick it up.
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#31
1stly, are you stupid or what? instead of wasting time to write this bullshit, you should start now,by writing and considering weather you should play or not is wasting your time which also means that by the time you start, YOU ARE ACTUALL OLDER(by a few secs or so but you get what i mean)!!!The same thing goes for praticing, instead of thinking when you should pratice, the best time IS NOW!!

Now thats a tip from me, i starting praticing at 14 and i am kicking people's arses that started earlier then me! And about getting a guitar,i started out with an acoustic.I rather you get the yamaha pacifica series, they are cheap and good in value.The squire is good too.You better go with a more experienced player to have better hands on.
#32
I started closer to 19... EDIT: and I didn't start on bass first either, which will give you an advantage.
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Thanks guys! i Feel reassured now.

Is a squire affinity telecaster a good starter guitar? I only have a £200 budget!


not affinity. if you have a £200 budget and want a tele, get a standard. affinity teles aren't bad for the money but the standard is a much better guitar.
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oh, for £200 I'd look at a yamaha pacifica 112, you can get them under £150 if you shop around. EDIT: some of the lags are quite nice for the money, or if you can get up to £240 (without skimping on the amp), gak are selling the yamaha aes620, if you want a harder rock tone, that's a steal at that price, IMO.

what are you looking at regarding amps?
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#35
it doesnt matter i started at 18 with in a year i was able to play purple haze from back to front, all it takes is determination and dont let people put you down its all in the mind
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It's not how long, its how you've used that time. If you are motivated enough and want it, you can be rocking in no time.

Exactly, wise words. I started when I was 10, and im 15 now, and I bet im no better than most of you guys here because unfortunately I did not put the effort in which I regret so much. Im still a good player imo, but I could have been lots better.
#37
Remember guitar playing isn't a competition. Aslong as you enjoy it, then who cares what others are doing?
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#38
I am 34 and just took it up. Not planning on joining a band, more for my enjoyment, but it's really never too late.
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