There have been a few posts on the topic of older players lately. One referenced this old thread viewtopic.php?f=4&t=26680
chronicaling the progress of rayjang for several years. It struck a chord (NPI) with me and many other members, and I wish I knew how rayjang is doing now.
I thought maybe a new thread for us older players might be interesting for some, and a place to chart your progress and maybe get some inspiration.
My story starts when I retired in 2014. After working 50 years I reflected that, all that time and I don't feel I have ever mastered anything of value. I started music at a young age, but convinced myself I had no talent, so I quit. Then took up guitar at 30 and took some classical lessons. After a few years balancing job and family I quit.
In 2014 I read "Outliers" and learned about the 10,000 hour concept: that deliberate practice for no less than 10,000 hours, or nominally 10 years, is as much or more predictive of achieving a level of mastery in a skill than inherent talent. I wish I had learned about this in 1966!
So I wondered: would this work for an old guy? And I've set out to find out.
I picked up the guitar and started practicing again and tracking my hours using an app called GuruTimer. I figured I put in about 1200 hours when I first stared in 1980. Once I got back near to the skill level I'd achieved then, I took credit for those hours. I read through the Delcamp lessons D01 and D02 and started with D03. I completed the certificates for D03 and D04. Today I have 7160 hours to go to reach 10,000. I am working on my final exam piece for Delcamp level D05 (Sons de Carillhoes).
If you're interested, you can track my progress by searching for my videos on the lesson pages, or my YT channel beaugy99.
At 66 years, I still have time to make it to 10,000 if my hands and body stay healthy. It's not a race but it gives me a goal that helps inspire my study. Maybe, like rayjang, I'll try to keep a journal here every 100 hours or so. I hope others will add their comments and progress as well.
Currently I am dealing with a little trigger finger issue so I think after the exam I will take a little break. I actually think playing is good for my fingers and my problem is just old age, complications of type II Diabetes, and texting too much. So I'll stop for now.
All this time I thought I was making music; it was making me.
2015 Steve Ganz "Solidarity"
1980 Dauphin D30
1962 Fender pre-CBS P-Bass
National Triolian Uke ca.1930
Almost as many fly rods as guitars