What age did you start learning/playing the guitar?

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At what age did you start learning/playing guitar?

  1. 0-5 years old

  2. 5-10 years old

  3. 10-15 years old

  4. 15-20 years old

  5. 20-30 years old

  6. 30-40 years old

  7. older than 40

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  1. echos

    echos Member

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    So I've been listening to some interivews with pro guitarist and it seemed like most of them said they first started playing before the age of 10 or at least by 13 years old. So I'm just kinda wondering if your a professional guitarist when did you start playing, and if your not is it in part because you made a late start. Me, I started early 30s.
     
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    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    I started a couple weeks past my 10th birthday.

    Thanks, Dana O.
     
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    adaytonguitarist Senior Member

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    Seven yrs old Christmas 1969. check out the A#m/sus9th/add7th
    and the awesome sock pants combo :)
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    Right after Ed Sullivan said "Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles!"

    I was 14 at the time.
     
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    Early 30's - and REALLY wish I started back in my teens. I'm at a disadvantage, but I'll do the best I can.
     
  7. Sean French

    Sean French Supporting Member

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    Started really getting into and practicing in 1980 when I was 14.
    Had a Memphis LP copy, Ampeg 110 combo and a MXR Distortion +.
    Was learning Sabbath, Priest and Ozzy with Randy Rhoads. :dude
     
  8. Ruraltom

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    I got my first guitar at 14 and played quite a bit until college.... I took off 15-ish years until I started playing in earnest again a couple years ago. I feel like I've come a long way in that time but still kinda wish I'd have found more time to progress during the long, long lull.
    C'est la vie! Life and a career happened in between. That being said, as much as I deeply, viscerally enjoy playing and learning on the guitar, I know I'm not super-talented and a career in music was not to be my path.
     
  9. Totally Bored

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    Define "Professional"

    I started when I was 10.
     
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    1981, I was 23 years old.
     
  11. CoreyC

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    I started when I was in my early twenties, then stopped for about 10 years (life got in the way), picked it up again in my 30's, stopped again, and the started again about 4 years ago, and haven't looked back.
    I guess three times the charm!
     
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    Professional, to me, would either be one who does or could earn their living by their skill. Example: I'm a chef. I know plenty of folks who can cook and do so quite well, but who can't/couldn't -either by inclination or talent or ?- actually run a functioning kitchen.
     
  13. echos

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    I'd say that pro would mean that it is your main source of income.
     
  14. Nickstrtcstr

    Nickstrtcstr Lactose Intolerant Guitar Slinger

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    I was a 19 year old Navy Seabee stationed in Guantanamo Bay Cuba in 1981. I had always wanted to learn but never had the chance. A guy living across the hall in the barracks played. He showed me a couple of things and I was off. Played in a bar band in 85-86 in San Diego while I was finishing up my tour.
     
  15. rschleicher

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    I started playing when I was 11, and then was in a band during Jr. High (basically 1968-69).

    Then I stopped. Well, not totally. I kept my old guitar (a 1965 Sears Silvertone, Harmony-built "Silhouette" model), and messed around with it on occasion.

    Then my wife surprised me with a month's worth of lessons as a Christmas present a little more than a year ago, and so I've been re-learning (and taking lessons) ever since.

    Only wasted 40+ years between starting and really starting.....
     
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    Ashe Senior Member

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    my eleventh birthday or so. started taking it seriously when i turned 17. i'm 20 now.
     
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    and I still suck after 39 years
     
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    i theoretically had lessons in the 5th grade. which i remember none of really (i used to have the sheet music to it all-looked pretty simple).

    started at 19 (in '83), just turned 48 a few days ago....still working on it, still having fun....
     
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    I got my first new electric guitar a week or two after my 10th birthday and I was pretty serious at that time. I'd been playing two hand-me-downs from a friend of my mother before that, one of which only had two strings and I'd change the tuning to make figuring out songs easier.
     
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    Sidmore no talent hack Silver Supporting Member

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    It was 1986 and I was 15; I'm still a barely passable hack but I have fun...
     

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