Late-starting musicians

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Late-starting musicians

Postby electrizer » Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:15 am

How many musicians can you guys name who started (either "per se" or "seriously practicing") playing their instrument late? What I mean by late is "late in relation to musicians like Donati, Weckl, Borlai who were merely several years old when they started practicing their instrument on a regular basis".
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Re: Late-starting musicians

Postby percusski » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:29 am

Joe Morello was 17 I find it when you find it ;)
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Re: Late-starting musicians

Postby serpico » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:49 am


Me. I started at 22.
I'm now 44.
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Re: Late-starting musicians

Postby Josiah » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:45 am

Akira Jimbo started playing drums when he was 18.
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Re: Late-starting musicians

Postby Tombo 7/4 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:35 pm

Rick Marotta 19
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Re: Late-starting musicians

Postby Julián Fernández » Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:38 pm

Didn´t Vinnie started at 15 or something?
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Re: Late-starting musicians

Postby DSOP » Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:35 pm

Both Allan Holdsworth and Steve Khan started on guitar fairly late if I recall correctly. Khan started as a drummer.
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Re: Late-starting musicians

Postby deseipel » Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:39 pm

you always hear that the younger you are, the easier it is to learn something. What they don't research is the impact of age and applying what you've learned. Kids might learn to read at 3, but does that make them BETTER readers or do they simply read earlier, period? Comprehension, critical thinking and creativity are the true measurement of skill/intellect, imo.
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Re: Late-starting musicians

Postby Lucas Ives » Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:24 am


In general, it's tougher to spend huge amounts of time practicing later in life when there are bills to pay -- I think that usually ends up being the limiting factor.
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Re: Late-starting musicians

Postby Odd-Arne Oseberg » Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:24 am

Vinnie started really young and went the normal route with marching bands and stuff.

I started at 32. I'm now 35. Already being a well studied and experienced musician helps me a lot. I know music, I know how to practice and what works for me. In periods I practice a lot. In 2 days I now have about 9-10 weeks vacation. Guess what I'll be doing all day every day.

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