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How old are most people when they learn to play guitar?

Is it more of an advantage being younger when you start?
I am 14 and really want to play.
How long does it take for someone to not sound awful?
Just curious how old most kids are when they learn. . .

Thanks!! <3

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7 Responses to “How old are most people when they learn to play guitar?”

  1. bleuet said :

    Teenage years probably…

  2. crazyfingers_catty said :

    usually teenagers, but u can learn at any age

  3. lastdamnresponder said :

    I know people who started in their 40’s. But the younger the better. Some people have more of a natural talent than others, but anyone can learn to play. Put the time in and don;t get discouraged. No effort, no results,

  4. Travis B said :

    You are a perfect age to learn guitar. I am 14 as well and I will start learning it next year in high school. The younger the better so just don’t wait and you’ll be fine. You won’t be alone in your class.

  5. Ryan W said :

    Yay for 14 year olds 😀

    As long as your hand can fit around the neck, and you can reach the end then it’s OK.

    Usually after 2-3 years you stop sucking. It really depends on the person who is teaching you guitar. I started 3 years ago, I’m not great, but I don’t suck.

    And it is more of an advantage because, the longer you take it of course the better you get, but you can take it for longer if you are younger.

  6. jobrosluver1018 said :

    my 8 year old cousin took guitar lessons… and i started learning when i was 16!
    id say 14 is as good a time as any to start!

  7. baxterville said :

    You’re at a great age to start, since your hands are probably close to the size they’ll be when you’re an adult. How long it takes to become proficient varies from person to person, since some people just take to playing naturally and others have to put in more time and effort. But if you take lessons, you’ll be playing simple songs within a few weeks. I didn’t start playing until I was about 21, but I was able to form a band and start playing clubs within a year. I’m not a great guitarst, but any stretch of the imagination, but once you know the basics you can do a lot with them.

    Not sure what your musical goals are, but it’s often easier to learn on an electric guitar than an acoustic, since electric necks are generally thinner, which makes it easier to fret the strings. If you want to play acoustic first, you should consider getting a 3/4 size guitar, since they’re more comfortable (slightly smaller body, thinner neck) than big ol’ dreadnought guitars. Ibanez makes a 3/4 guitar called the Daytripper and it plays beautifully. If I were you, I’d go to a guitar store and play a bunch of different guitars and see which ones feel comfortable. Take notes about the ones you like and see if you can find them used on eBay or Craigs List, since lots of musicians are selling equipment right now so they can pay rent.

    If you’re just getting started at 14, you should be really good by the time you graduate high school. Good luck and enjoy yourself!


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