You can learn how to DJ, whether you are 12 years old or 80. In fact, learning such a skill at an older age is beneficial in more ways than one. Adult brains are still plastic — still able to change and learn new skills and information.
1 – Draw on your years of experience as a listener: One advantage adult learners boast is an extensive catalog of musical memories, from your first rave to the special song played at your wedding.
2 – Find a teacher who individualizes instruction: Avoid the one-size-fits-all approach to learning. I’ll tell you what you shouldn’t look for: a great DJs. You want someone who understands how you learn, who cares about the learning process itself and has a good eye for what you’re doing wrong and can in a constructive way tell you how to practice and get better.
3 – Compensate for natural physiological changes.
4 – Draw on your analytical skills: One benefit of learning as an older adult is that you are not necessarily confined to the rudimentary memorization techniques of early childhood.
5 – Practice, practice, practice: If you can do a little mix every day, almost anybody can make progress. This notion can be a double-edged sword for adult learners: On the one hand, you don’t have anyone telling you when to practice, but on the other, you don’t have anyone compelling you to practice.
6 – Be patient: Don’t worry about becoming DJ Tiesto overnight. Children tend to play what’s put in front of them as fast as they can, while adults are sticklers for perfection. If you can put aside your desire for a mistake free session and play even if your fingers aren’t exactly in the right position, you’re likely to learn more quickly.
Just as an old dog can learn new tricks, you can successfully begin your journey toward Tiesto musical talent, no matter your age.