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    Here's the deal. I'm 55 years young and have played piano since I was about 8 years old. In high school, I play sax in the band along with dabbling with the clarinet and flute. However, the only instrument I still play is piano. My dream has always been to play in the community orchestra (a volunteer type of thing). Am I too old to learn viola so I can accomplish this? What do you folks with lots of experience think? Thanks for your input

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    Not from experience, but from common sense: it's never too late to learn something. And since you play the piano you probably have a good sense of music and some knowledge of music theory, so the only real thing you need to learn is how to play the instrument (viola, in your case).
    Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur.

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    Hi Carol,

    Never think that you are too old to learn a new instrument. I've had beginning organ students at age 60 who got good enough to sub for me when I needed time away from my church position.

    A community orchestra is probably a good thing to be involved with. I would, however, suggest you get a tutor or take a few lessons while in the learning mode. The Viola does read its own clef, too.

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    Hi Carol,

    Welcome to the forum, as to being too old to learn the viola, my answer would be no. After all you play other instruments so must have a good grasp of music. I would say go for it and good luck, enjoy yourself.


    Margaret

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    Thanks so much for the information! I'm very excited to make this my goal, and I appreciate your good wishes.

    Carol B

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    Never too old Carol, just takes practice. Go for it... good luck and enjoy

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    Hello Carol, and welcome aboard!

    Making a bad joke, I'd said that you would have been too old to learn violin, but as far as the viola is concerned, there is nothing to worry about!
    Last edited by Alnitak; Mar-13-2009 at 18:39.

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    How about starting learning a musical instrument (the piano, let's say) for the first time in your 19th? Is that too late? It's me in question, I'd like to play something, and I wonder if I'm already too old now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisztfreak View Post
    How about starting learning a musical instrument (the piano, let's say) for the first time in your 19th? Is that too late? It's me in question, I'd like to play something, and I wonder if I'm already too old now.
    Um... Why not? It doesn't take too long to learn to play not-that-complicated pieces. You are probably too old to pursue a career (like playing some crazy etudes in Carnegie Hall or something), but just for playing for yourself? Nobody's too old for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickgray View Post
    Um... Why not? It doesn't take too long to learn to play not-that-complicated pieces. You are probably too old to pursue a career (like playing some crazy etudes in Carnegie Hall or something), but just for playing for yourself? Nobody's too old for that.
    All right, thanks for encouragement, of course I'm not planning to be a new Richter or something, but for my own pleasure, I'd like to be able to play a few pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol B View Post
    Here's the deal. I'm 55 years young and have played piano since I was about 8 years old. In high school, I play sax in the band along with dabbling with the clarinet and flute. However, the only instrument I still play is piano. My dream has always been to play in the community orchestra (a volunteer type of thing). Am I too old to learn viola so I can accomplish this? What do you folks with lots of experience think? Thanks for your input
    If you have a passion for music, want to play and instrument and already play the piano, you go for it. Since you already exercise the part of your brain that involves music and have the hand eye coordination needed to play the piano, why not? I bet that you'll excel at the violin.
    "Birds sit motionless on their branches. The world is slumbering! It grows cool in the shade of my fir-trees. I stand and await my friend, I wait for him for our last farewell. O friend, I long to share the beauty of this evening at your side. Where do you linger? Long you leave me alone! I wander here and there with my lyre on soft grassy paths. O Beauty! O endless love-life-drunken world!" ~ Das Lied von der Erde - Der Abschied (Li Tai-Po/G.Mahler) <---Click to Listen

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    The guitar is my primary instrument, but my secondary instrument is the piano. I wish I would have took up the oboe, alto saxophone, trumpet, french horn, etc. Is it too late for me? Of course not. It's never too late to learn anything.

    Since you're obviously familiar with many instruments, it shouldn't be that hard for you, but I should warn you in saying that string instruments are like night and day compared to the piano, saxophone, clarinet, etc, but with hard work and dedication you'll become a good viola player. It's just going to take time, but since you're retired now you should just be enjoying yourself and do whatever your heart tells you to do.

    Good luck to you and may the music flow out of you like a river.

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    Thanks to all for the supportive answers! I have acquired an instrument and begin viola lessons tomorrow!

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    Awesome! I wish you the best of luck in your musical endeavors.

    PS: Once you start getting good, you'll have to make a youtube account and let us critique some of your perfomances. I know that, at least for me, this always helps me with my technique.
    "Birds sit motionless on their branches. The world is slumbering! It grows cool in the shade of my fir-trees. I stand and await my friend, I wait for him for our last farewell. O friend, I long to share the beauty of this evening at your side. Where do you linger? Long you leave me alone! I wander here and there with my lyre on soft grassy paths. O Beauty! O endless love-life-drunken world!" ~ Das Lied von der Erde - Der Abschied (Li Tai-Po/G.Mahler) <---Click to Listen

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    See you in the Orchestra,fella!

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