Can I start gigging after 40 ???

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  1. Mockbel

    Mockbel Senior Member

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    Nard Senior Member

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    I’m 56 and would be out gigging if I could find a band. Get up do it I say.
     
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    El Pablo Senior Member

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    Oh, thats not what I meant. I was suggesting that you first get your family's support for your idea of joining a band. Many wives can't handle their husband's time away at band practice. Just take into consideration how you joining a band will affect the family. Too often in bands, a member has both his wife and bandmates pissed, because both need more time from that person than they can give.
     
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    Just swap your dad jeans for some leather pants and let it roll... I haven't gigged in so long, I barely remember it. However, I do plan on playing out in some sort of band or ensemble in the future. When I build my next house, I want to include a space like Daryl's House. So, I can have people over and really play, anytime. If friends want to come over for a few drinks, while we play, the more the merrier.
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Hell yes! I started the SweatHogs after turning 39 and my drummer and I have kept it alive to this day. I am grateful to have a band of blokes to be musical with.
     
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    I always view it like trying out for a sports team.If you can play,the rest will take care of itself...practice is all-important. How well you play in 3 years will determine if you are just hacking around with a bunch of buds having fun...or actually doing gigs like you suggest. Never too old if you can play,and the desire is there in my book.
     
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    A friend of mine from High School started gigging at 55. He is in a band with both his sons and they are finding quite a bit of success!
    They are booked solid for months and have released a CD! I don't know how he has the energy for it, but he seems to love it...

    He is the keyboard player...here is a video of them playing.

     
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    ehb Chief Discombobulator Premium Member

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    How old will you be if you DON'T gig?

    Think it out...
     
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    Crotch Support MLP Veterans & Vendors Double Platinum Supporter Premium Member

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    Being 39 and 8 months old, I will say 40 is waaaaaaay to old.
     
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    OHIOSTEVE Senior Member

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    I was born in 1965. I LITERALLY learned to walk dragging a guitar around. I can't remember not playing. I played my first paying gig in sept17th of 2016 I was 51 years old. Since that one gig I have played over 100 gigs I believe sometimes 2 in a day or 4 in a week. This year so far I have had ONE weekend with no gig. I LOVE IT. If I didn't have to deal with bar owners it would be even better.
     
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    do it.
    Just leave the cargo shorts, sandals, and d-bag trilby at home when you play out.
     
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    ErictheRed Senior Member

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    Almost every actively gigging cover band in my area (a college and surf town) are old farts aged 40+. The young kids do originals or play in their mom's basement but the old guys get gigs.
     
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    No
     
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    My retirement plan goes as follows:

    1. I can retire and do just fine in a couple of years.
    2. I want to be able do a couple of sets on Friday and/or Saturday around the neighborhood to get out on weekends.
    3. Hopefully they will comp me dinner with my wife!

    That's my guitar playing goal.
     
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    add in a little gas money, string money, cable money (because the bass player is gonna stomp all over your cables nad bust em up), and a couple of Jackson's to toss in the kittle for repairs and a new toy ever once in a while and you have a plan.
     
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    Brother,yer damn right y’all can start gigging after 40!!
    Don’t let anyone tell ya differently......life is too damn short as it is,why make it shorter by putting age limits on shit?
    I’m all about the fun,excitement and satisfying feeling of playing out(I truly wish I could do it more),not trying to “ relive “ my younger days,but,playing out because of the love of playing “ LIVE “ music. There’s magic in it,brother.
     
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    I was not aware there were rules about gigging or about life. Do what makes you happy! No one cares about your own well being and happiness more than you!
     

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