Traditional Irish Music
Are there others who started learning their instrument only after retiring from work? What is your experience particularly in workshops? I myself am rather slow at learning a new tune (the more if I get only abc notation) compared with young people, which can be rather frustrating for both.
I'm not retired yet, but I'm 56 years old and just started learning to play the pipes a couple of months ago (though I've played whistle and several other non-trad instruments for a long time). My memory is certainly not what it used to be, and I do find it more difficult to memorize tunes now. I probably rely too much on written music, but I play mostly for my own enjoyment anyway so I'm not too bothered.
I am still working at age 67 in the U.S. but I started taking fiddle lessons from my teacher when I was 58 and yes - I am slow as compared to the youngsters - but as my teacher reminds me now and then "what's your hurry?" and he is exactly right.
I have no experience to share about workshops but from everything that I hear, they are more than welcoming to all folks of all skill levels and ages.
I wouldn't trade my private lessons with my teacher for anything!
I was remembering that I DID take a couple of group classes in Irish Fiddle - I had forgotten them when I replied the other day.
YES - I said to the teacher of one group class that I was holding everyone else back and I felt bad. The teacher replied to me - "Don't worry about that. This is a group and everyone in the group has different needs and you're entitled to get help when you need it."
But I know it can be uncomfortable. But you're paying for the class, too. It's as much your class as it is anyone else's.
I wish you had a teacher - even once a month - it would boost your self-esteem on the concertina. I doubt you're doing as "badly" as you think!
OH - and the others in my class were mostly classical violinists who were delving into Irish Trad - they REALLY knew how to play the instrument!