Patience: This is going to take some time. Playing a musical instrument is, in a large part, an athletic event. Like getting back in shape, sustained effort over time wins every time.
Enjoying the journey: Musicians love to practice. In fact, that is what it is all about. Sitting at the piano is a joyous act. Learn to enjoy the little things, like an evenly played scale, a beautiful phrase ending.
Organization: Pencils, recordings, ear buds, phone to record ourselves, some quiet time, and a plan on how to use that time.
Review: Spend some guilt-free time just playing stuff you love and play well. Over time this list will grow, like a garden. A list you will be proud of.
Keeping the inspiration well filled: Get out there. If you live in a city of any size, there is a music community of like-minded adults. Join them. Chat after concerts. You'll meet other adult musicians, make friends, get together and play duets. In short, have some fun.
They did it!
We warmed up, and broke down some nervousness, by all playing multiple pianos together in the Steinway Piano shop. C major scales and chords. Then we started.
Clapping, cheering, and with shouts of encouragement everyone got through it.
Were they nervous. You bet. Did they conquer their fears and get up there and deliver. You bet. Were they excited and animated afterwards? Yes, yes, yes.
I'm as proud as punch.
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.