Is 50 Too Old to Learn Drums?

Is 50 too old to learn drums? Love to learn sign.

Perhaps you’ve just hit the big five-oh and decided you’d like to learn to play the drums, but you’re asking yourself, “is 50 too old to learn drums?”

The answer to that is, not at all!

In fact, people of all ages should be encouraged to pick up an instrument and learn to play it regardless of whether it’s drums, guitar, piano, cello, or even a kazoo!

Well, maybe not a kazoo…

No matter what age you are, don’t feel that you’ve missed the opportunity to learn the drums. There’s no “perfect” age to get started.

Part of the fun of learning an instrument is in the journey, not just the destination. And that is something any drummer, no matter what age, will continue doing their whole lives.

There are so many reasons to pick up the drums and start learning, even if you are as they say, “getting older”. I say, you’re only as old as you think you are.

One huge benefit of learning to play the drums, regardless of your age, is that it keeps your mind sharp. Drums challenge your brain whenever you sit down to practice or play. Keeping count of what beat you’re on, remembering how to play a particular fill, or even learning to sing while you drum, are all examples of how drums can give you a mental workout.

Another great benefit of learning the drums is the improved coordination you will gain from learning limb independence. This also ties into the benefit mentioned above, it keeps your mind sharp by tracking what each limb is doing at all times.

Is 50 too old to learn drums? Grayscale drum set.

Let’s not forget to mention the obvious physical exercise involved in playing the drums. We all know exercise is good for the body. Not only does drumming provide a good workout, but it will naturally increase your stamina, especially if you dig the heavier stuff that requires a lot of double bass playing.

So to recap, learning to play the drums will increase your hand-eye coordination, physical stamina, musicality, and it will keep your brain going strong.

And as your skills on the drum progress, you might just start appreciating different genres of music that you never had before.

So if you’re asking yourself, is 40 too old to learn drums?

Is 50 too old to learn drums?

is 60 too old to learn drums?


It doesn’t matter what age you are. As long as you can still move, you should be banging on that kit, learning something new every day.

Okay, okay, maybe I’m getting a little fired up here, but I want to encourage as many people as I can that no matter what age you are, you can learn to play anything you put your mind to.

It’s a lifelong journey, but it’s worth every second of it.

So with that being said, I’ll keep this post brief and end it here.

Stay awesome everyone, and I’ll talk to you next time.

What to do next?

If you are brand new to music, music production, or are interested in learning to play the drums, you can check out my article: What is a DAW? – What Does DAW stand for?

You might also want to check out this article: Acoustic Vs. Electronic Drums – Which One is Right for You?

If you are looking at buying your first drum set or any other musical instrument for that matter, take a look at Zzounds. They have a variety of acoustic drum sets and electronic drum sets for purchase.

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Andrew has been a life long lover of music. Although starting his musical journey on the guitar, (we won't talk about his skills on that particular instrument) he found his true passion was for drumming and making music to share with others. He also enjoys writing blog posts about off the wall subjects that are very much real—such as Bigfoot, UFOs, and what's up with European mayonnaise. Why is it sweet???
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