- May 20, 2018 at 2:20 pm #565075
I’m an upright bass player and harmony singer in Virginia writing a how-to book, “Making Music after 40: A guide to playing for life.” It targets those in the second half of life who yearn to engage more deeply with music. I’m looking for amateur musicians and singers across genres who are willing to share their stories for my book.
Making Music, which will be published by Dover in the summer of 2019, will address topics unique to older hobbyists: whether it’s too late for them to learn an instrument; why playing is good for them as they age; how to develop their singing; how to use their skills as an adult learner to practice more effectively; where and how they can jam; what adult music camps offer; how to develop the skills to play gigs; whether and how to record; how to play despite growing physical limitations; and how music can transform their lives.
Some topics I’d like to hear about:
1) When did you first start singing? What has changed as you’ve gotten older? Do you also play an instrument?
2) How have you benefited from singing?
3) What are some of your more memorable experiences with singing?
4) Do you have any advice for people learning to sing as adults?
If you’re willing to help with this project and share your story, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to share on this board or offer advice, I welcome that too.
Thank you!May 21, 2018 at 9:29 am #565132
Thanks to all of you who have contacted me. I look forward to talking with you more.
I now have all the interviews concerning personal stories that I can handle, but if you have additional advice on sources for helping older singers learn or overcome challenges, I’d love to hear them.
Thanks again for your interest and help. The singing community is a wonderful thing! Gayla
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