Hello everyone, this is my first post here and Iím looking for honest advice/feedback.
I realize that one is never too old to learn some things, however, I am a realist in that at my age perhaps there may be some things that just might be a challenge. Background: Iím 65 with two more years to go of full-time work, and I will be involved in several things after retirement, including my photography hobby. Iíve been Ďaroundí music my entire life Ė took 10 years of piano lessons as a kid, raised 4 children all musically inclined, and my wife and I do a lot of volunteer work for several local choirs, bands, orchestras, etc. However, I havenít touched an instrument in 30 years (played piano and sax) .
This past weekend I heard someone playing the mandolin, and my interest was definitely peaked. Since then Iíve done a lot of research on the mandolin family, listened to them online, and Iíve also been brushing up on my music theory. Iíve never played a stringed instrument. I also wear digital hearing aids, and I am much more comfortable with the sounds of the Octave Mandolin. Until I retire, I feel that I could commit to one hour of practice per day, however, 2 or 3 days per week it could be more (if this is realistic). My goal is to be able to play mainly for myself and family, and not to play in groups (other than with my son-in-law).
Is it realistic to think that I could learn and play this instrument. Given that the music stores around here do not carry mandolins, I would either buy online or drive into Philadelphia. Also, as I cannot find a mandolin instructor (at least not yet) I would be self-taught, relying on information/techniques online, including here on this forum. From what Iíve read, the Trinity College TM-325 Octave Mando would be a good one to start with Ė or, other recommendations? Genre Iím interested in (given my Irish heritage) is celtic and probably folk rock. So, is it too late for this Ďold dogí to realistically learn to play? Thanks for the feedback.