Never Too Late: My Musical Life Story

Never Too Late: My Musical Life Story

Never Too Late: My Musical Life Story

Never Too Late: My Musical Life Story

Synopsis

Best known for his brilliant insight into the way children learn, John Holt was also an intrepid explorer of adult learning. At the age of forty, with no particular musical background, he took up the cello. His touching and hilarious account of his passionate second career demolished the myth that one must start an instrument (or a sport, or a language) in early childhood, and will inspire any reader who dreams of taking up a new skill.

Excerpt

Most people who play a musical instrument learned as children. I did not. Few adults who have never played an instrument before take one up, least of all in middle age, and least of all a bowed string instrument (supposed to be the hardest). I am one who did. Though I came from a largely nonmusical family and had almost no musical training or experience while growing up, I began to play the flute at thirty-four, and the cello at forty, which I put aside a couple of years later and then took up again at fifty. Now, when home, I try to play three or four hours a day, more when I can make time for it. To become a skillful musician has become perhaps the most important task of my life.

This book is the story of how it all came about. Friends of mine to whom I have told some of this story have found it interesting; I write it in the hope that others may, as well. I hope, too, that my story may encourage or help other people, above all adults, who may have thought they were too old, to begin to sing or to play a musical instrument. Or, that it may help many adults who are now amateur musicians to play better . . .

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