Steve Stine

Steve Stine
5-tips-for-older-guitarists

Everybody’s got to face it: we’re all getting older. And with age comes wisdom, sure, but age also comes with a lot of other things that aren’t so great. Like muscle and joint pain. Or stiff fingers. Or a sore back. Getting older can literally be painful. But here’s the good news: getting older doesn’t mean you can’t achieve your goals on guitar. There are things you can do every day to make solid progress, avoid injury, and keep yourself motivated. And listen up: these tips are guaranteed to help any guitarist, no matter their age or skill level. So while this article is technically “for older guitarists,” these tips will help younger guitarists, too. 1. Take Care Of Yourself I really can’t stress this enough: whether we’re talking about aches and pains or just your state of mind, the better you feel, the better you’re going to play. Now listen: I’m not your dad, and I’m not here to make sure you eat all your vegetables and go to bed at a decent hour. If you want to live off of fast food and stay up until 3 am every night, you have every right to do that. But I will tell you this: eating right and getting enough sleep are going to make you feel better, as well as play better. And any sort of moderate exercise is also going to help. Just be sure to warm up and stretch before you exercise… and before you play guitar. Here’s a video with some easy stretches that will help you loosen up before you play: 2. Always Have Something FUN To Play This one’s important. You have to find things that are fun for you to play, because if you’re having fun, you look forward to playing... and you