Guitar Lessons: Is It To Late For Me To Become A Musician?

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Hi I’m 16 and i just started up playing the guitar and singing
i’m making real Progress with my guitar playing practising 4-6hours guitar a day. should i be practising more hours? how good could i be within a year?
However with my singing im not bad but i’m no near good to the standard i would want. but the thing is i don’t really know how to improve my singing voice, i have considered taking up singing lessons but i’m not sure if they really worth it?
also is learning music theory beneficial to making music? i know some musicians like jimi hendrix and slash didn’t know theory but they still made amazing music how could they achieve that?
If i missed out anything else that a musician needs to become successful could you say so say why it is needed
thank you very much for your time


  1. Michelle says:

    It’s never too late!!! Look at Susan Boyle.

  2. John says:

    It’s never too late, but….

    Being a musician takes a lot of work, and a willingness to compromise your artistic integrity in order to make enough money to support yourself. Waaaay too many musicians think they can “make it big” just by doing what they want, and they wind up destroying themselves financially and going nowhere. be prepared to piggyback off of other musicians and find people to help you manage your affairs.

    Playing the music is the easy part.

  3. Pickle says:

    1. sing has much as you can like in the shower or when your running or something to get your voice to become better
    2. you don’t need to practice more
    3. try to sing in front of people and be confident of yourself
    you need confident and you need to seem like you enjoy what you doing thats one of the most important things btw its never to late its not late because your not like 80 you are still young by the time your like 20 something you will be a pro :) <3 pickle

  4. K says:

    Of course it’s not too late! You sound like you’re seriously devoted to learning and I think it’s amazing that you are so dedicated. I started taking singing lessons when I was very, very young and I stayed with the same teacher for about 14 years and it was an incredible experience. It’s a very good idea to let a professional get to know your voice so they can find specific areas for you to improve, like breath support and producing your best sound.

    I also loved taking a musicianship course at my college and learned a TON about the technical side of music. I definitely suggest doing that. Sure, some people don’t need music theory to be talented, but it could never hurt to learn more about your craft.

    Start recording yourself and analyzing your performance. If you have the guts, put your videos up on YouTube and ask for feedback from people. Be careful, though, because people can be seriously petty and rude, but the more comfortable you get with criticism, the better a performer you’ll be.

    Good luck, and be confident!

  5. Piratemom says:

    Your passion is a real ticket to being a success.

    I would think that you are practicing enough. Yes, it’s doing it a lot that makes the difference.

    ANYthing that you study has the possibility to improve you as a musician. Theory is something that some people just sort of understand, without the need for actual training (Hendrix and Slash, for instance), but even if you have that ability, getting the class in so that you have the language to talk about what you know could be kind of nice.

    Yes, singing lessons can help. Some people have a lot of technical information about the human voice. But even if your voice is never world-class, you can still be a success. I don’t think Mick Jagger’s voice is anything to right home about, but the guy is a Rock God.

    If money is an issue, joining choir in school or church can help. Once again, some people just instinctively know how to use their voices, but others need to be taught. Find a teacher that you like and get along with.

    I think you have what you need. Maybe not to be a major financial success (some of that is dumb luck, and some is selling out,and some is business) but enough to be a professional musician who makes a good living dong what he loves and bringing joy to those who listen. Remember, for every person who has a top ten hit, there are hundreds who have fans, work consistently, and have tons of fun.

  6. Smells like New Screen Names says:

    Not remotely. You’re sixteen, plenty of people started much later.

    As for whether to take music theory. Why not? Looking at a few rich genius examples is a poor way to judge whether such skills are worth while. The way they made their money is over, such skills might mean you make a living at music or not. Every good wedding band can read music, as can most good session players.

    Take the lead singer of DEVO, once DEVO was over he used his degree in music theory to move into the business end of music. I heard the guy made more money off writing the music to Rugrats than he ever did off his band. The same goes for all those former rock stars that “disappear” and end up doing studio work. When your career doesn’t take off or ends, at least you aren’t left washing dishes.

    Not learning music theory usually ends up meaning you need twice the talent and do twice the work just to stay even. Sure you don’t have to take these courses, but why go to a lot of trouble to reinvent the wheel?

  7. Kab says:

    Not all lessons are worth it, but with the right teacher it can mean the difference between wanna be and actual success.
    Those you say did not know theory, did not take a class called music theory. They were geniuses and learned the hard way. Are you a genius?
    You must perform. You can not wait to be discovered. You perform everywhere. Church, School, Weddings, Conventions, Coffee Shops. Talent Shows. Musicals.
    You must be appreciated in your own town, before you have a chance elsewhere.