A. If you are over 32, you are not allowed to take an active role in the music. The age requirement is based solely on physical and emotional maturity and capacity.
Q. I was taught guitar as a kid by a parent/teacher who was 40. I have found my skills and understanding are growing and it’s my passion/love for the instrument that keeps me going. But can I still be forced to learn by a government group?
A. No, the age requirement will be waived for members of a group that is authorized by the government to perform at a national or international concert.
Q. If I play a solo while being monitored by an official, can the other person still hear my parts?
A. Yes, the soloist can hear what the other person is trying to do, and it should be safe for them to be doing it and not the other person, regardless of how well they listen. The soloist will receive points for good performance as well as good technique. (Read more)
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