27. April 2012 · Comments Off on When Are You Too Old To Learn An Instrument? · Categories: Read Online


Ethan Shelton is living proof you can teach an old dog new tricks.

The 108-year-old Berrien County man and founder of Shelton’s Farms in Niles decided at age 107 he was going to start playing the violin.

“I told my doctor that’s what I was going to do and his eyebrows went up, ‘What?’” said Shelton, as he sat in his home in Berrien Center.

Shelton practices almost every day on a used violin he bought about a year ago for $25.

“It is close to 100 years old — almost as old as I am,” he quipped.


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