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Anyone here make a career from music after starting later in life?

andrew655

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I decided to take the practical route, and train in computer science / software engineering. But just recently started learning music theory, how to play piano, daw tools like logic pro, and I'm pretty hooked.
I wish I started earlier in life instead of 29, and it seems that every person I've googled who became great at music production or made careers off of music started in their early 20s at the latest.
I know it's never too late to learn something new, but I do wonder if it's too late to become great at it.
I am curious if anyone here has started at a later age or knows an example of someone who has, and actually made a career off of music?
 

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Yes, I actually became a famous musician in my 60s, but I look really young tbf. Anyway, I recommend you quit your job right away and LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE.
 

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I think it’s never late if you goal is not to become a legendary classical pianist. Classical music is hard, really hard.

Wes Montgomery started pretty late (in his late or mid 20s as I remember) on guitar and he is one of the most important jazz guitarist in history. His unique approach has influenced many jazz legends (Benson, Martino…etc) after him. His music is never overly complicated but tastefully musical.

Far as I know, all serious musicians practice their foundation skills at least 6 hours a day when they were in music school, some could practice up to 8-10 hours, some crazy classical pianist might practice a little bit more…

Anyway, many of them might eventually stop their usual practice instead spending same time on focusing developing their own style after they have mastered the skills they need to develop their own sound.

If your style of music is more like blues/classic rock/metal/funk…etc, more like “modern” type of music, I think if you practice 6 hours a day, after 5 years, you probably will develop into a professional level musician. (Please add 5 more years if your focus is on jazz)

Apart from the basic musical skills (musical theories, ear training, good command on your instrument/software…etc), one very important practice is to transcribe the music you like, all legendary musicians did that, it’s the very essential part to help you truly understand why a musical piece sounds good, and since transcribing a piece takes a lot of efforts, a lot of musicians would skip it, however, those who developed this skill always more likely to become a better musician.

To become a professional musician, the road is very difficult but if you work hard enough (and practice right too), it is possible.

When in doubt, copy the musical ideals of your favorite musicians, everybody does that and everybody learns like that before they can create their own “sound”.

Good luck on your musical journey!
 

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A good friend of mine is just finding her stage legs. nearing 40.
She is a white lady who sounds like Janis Joplin with a real raspy voice.
weird country / blues. And she is good.

If she can do it? what is stopping you or anyone else from trying? Go for it.
 

cs1botasky

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Just an update, a friend of mine started off playing guitar seriously a few years back and after all the hardworking (and struggles) and building up his connections (work together with the people who have the same goal and common music interests), he is doing pretty good now. He has his own band, entering the finals of a continental band competition and his guitar teaching pays off his bills.

If you know music is your calling and you are good at learning it, then you should go for a music career.
 

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