Revised January 2023
Yes, yes, and yes, followed by a why not?
30+ Fingers will resume where you left off in short order. With some time and effective work, they will be better than ever. Welcome back.
40+ see 30+
50+ and more. The bucket list crowd. I say this with affection and experience. I started drums at fifty. Still at it.
Assuming arthritis and other physical ailments aren't going to get in the way, you can work your way back. Slowing, patiently, and with faith, day by day your skills will return. Will they return to their former glory? Maybe. Will they eventually surpass what they were when you were 12? They might. It's been done.
With a good attitude will the joy return? Bet on it! With a more seasoned and mature attitude than you had as an adolescence, will you have fun? Ditto. Can I help? Yes.
David Story, B.M., ARCT, Pianist, Music Educator, and Drumming Enthusiast
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.