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"moral support"

Post by latinjazflutist »

hello everyone.

I am the newest member, and am looking for "moral support".

I just turned fifty and just bought my first flute. All my life I wanted to learn but my daily activities etc... etc...

Am I the only one in that situation. I know I can never expect to play with Eddie Palmieri one day, or with the New York Philarmonic, but should I even bother to keep going.

anyone like me please share your experience.


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Post by Kendall »

I'm only 15 but I can tell you there must be 50 people here who picked up their flutes for the first time(or the first since they were kids in some cases) after the age of 45.

Youre definately not alone

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Post by ick27 »

Even though most begining flutists are young, there is no reason why an older person can't start flute. I believe that adults can improve just as fast as children, and that it's very enjoyable no matter what age. If you've always wanted to do it, you should stick with it and practice a little bit every day, you'll be amazed where you get.

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Post by LaDanseuse »

Well, one thing's for sure: you won't get *anywhere* if you don't even start or try :wink:

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Post by embum79 »

I think what you're doing is WONDERFUL!!!

It gives people like me, who in the back of my mind feel like I "missed my chance," support to continue!!!

I briefly studied music in college.. then for other stupid reasons, i.e. MONEY, I had to stop. Now that I'm older and actually have money and could afford a good flute, I've started to play again and I love it. I sometimes think about going back to school.. but you know.. stuff happens and you can't always do everything you want. The important thing is that music makes me happy, regardless of whether I will ever play at Carnegie Hall.

I think you should definitely continue.. get a teacher if you can, and maybe you can even get some gigs eventually.

When I was a music major, there was this one man in the music program who astounded me. He was in his 50s or 60s, had a Ph.D in like physics or something, and his dream was always to get a music degree, so there he was. If that's not inspiring, I don't know what is!

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Re: "moral support"

Post by Burke »

latinjazflutist wrote:hello everyone.

I am the newest member, and am looking for "moral support".

I just turned fifty and just bought my first flute. All my life I wanted to learn but my daily activities etc... etc...

Am I the only one in that situation.

Hi Latinjazflutist! I'm at the ripe old age of 47 and just started last year. I know how those daily activities can take your attention, so from my perspective, you're right on schedule.

You've found a great place in Fluteland.com, too, by the way. I'm sure you've figured that out by now. The folks on these forums are supportive and knowledgable, and eager to share that knowledge. I've been away from Fluteland over the past summer due to another committment, but I'm back and happy to be back. This has been one of the most enriching components of my flute experience.

I hope you'll stay with the flute, and with us.

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Post by seldomseen »

I'm also 47, and picked up the flute a couple of years ago as a "second instrument" (my main instrument is harmonica, which I've been playing semiprofessionally for 20 years).

I've been taking my time with flute, more having fun with it, but the musical background sure helps. Plus, as I get older, I find it easier to make good music, as one's life experiences have a lot to do with what comes out of the instrument.

I'm not as consistent in practice as I'd like to be, so my technique right now is a little short. However, I've come to develop something of an individual "sound" on flute, so that's a good sign ...

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Post by Sammie »

I just got my flute when I turned 50 in Apriil. The first month I took lessons were pretty frustrating. I changed instructors pretty fast and had to relearn everything. I love playing, but wish I would progress faster. It really is like learning totally new language. I hope you have continued to pursue it...I wondered if I were the only one crazy enough to try and learn to play the flute at this stage of my life. Good Luck and let us know how it's going. :!:

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thank you!

Post by Merry »

Can I just say THANKS! I am so excited. I JUST started learning and I was so thrilled that I got a sound out on the first day but then I started worrying... what if i never get to move my fingers fast enough! I lov ethe sound but at 30 years old... i was so scared that I would get nowhere fast. Thanks for all the sweet words you all said!

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Post by Picc_Chick »

You're never too old to pick up a new trick, and who ever said that old dogs couldn't learn new tricks was wrong. Not saying ya'll are old or anything, but that its never to late to learn. :wink:

I love the flute and piccolo and think that those who take to playing the flute/picc at a later point in life deserve respect, but being able to just come right out and say it holds something for anyone to admire. So, kudos to ya'll!
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