Linda K. Bradak L.M.T., CST-D Answers
I always sang but never played a musical instrument until I turned 55, when I started taking clarinet lessons, having always loved that instrument's woody sound. I swiftly recognized that at least at that age, I did not have the finger dexterity for clarinet virtuosity. I also realized that I actually preferred low tones to high tones and harmony to melody: voila, I switched to the BASS clarinet, whose parts are simpler (as usually are the parts of larger instruments.) 19 years later. I now play my bass clarinet with the local university's Symphonic Band and clarinet choir. Playing music with others is one of the great joys of my life. It includes aspects of the creative, the physical, the mental, the social, and the breath. I heartily recommend that one take up an instrument AT ANY AGE. It will help to keep you ageless!