The hands will be slow. But they will improve. Patience is the key here. An analogy: You were at 18-year-old track star back in the day. You buy a pair of expensive running shoes, the kind that promise speed, endurance, and youth. First day out, you run 10K. It is glorious, next day you can’t move. Shoes go in the closet; you are back in front of Netflix. Oops, you’ve made a tactical mistake. Try this instead.
- Tune the piano.
- Find a sympathetic coach/teacher.
- Buy an anthology of classical piano music, the kind that covers a range of performance levels.
- If you haven’t already, start listening again to classical music.
- Take a course on Classical music appreciation. There are lots of online opportunities: YouTube, Great Courses, Community College etc.
- Play a few scales, sight read a simple piece. Avoid a Chopin ballade if the fingers have been resting for 40 years.
- Fifteen minutes, maybe 20 1st day and each day for a week.
- Each week at 10% to the duration of practice.
- Investigate the Pianist magazine, a wonderfully affirming resource for adult piano enthusiasts.
- Dust of a theory book and review.
Have fun, if I can help, call me.