Maxims for success
1. Time counts
2. Focus on the tricky bits first
3. Use consistent fingerings
4. GOOOOOOOO SLOOOOOOOW, very slow with a steady beat. Engage your best friend--the metronome.
5. Be patient. Speeding up before you are ready can undo all the hard work you just did.
6. Spend extra time on scales, chords, and arpeggios, these boring bits are the key to rapid progress. Listen for evenness of tone and steadiness. Be cognizant of the relaxed feeling in your body and the gentle rhythm of your breathing.
7. Have fun, a happy expectant attitude goes along way.
Giving up the piano can be one of life's great regrets. But resuming lessons after decades is not. If you are thinking about it you should prepare yourself for an interesting journey of rediscovering filled with joy and guided by humility.
I invite you to watch this recent video and browse the book where Alan Rusgridger learns Chopin Ballade no. 1 at age 57, 41 years after giving up the piano, while working as the editor of the Guardian newspaper. WOW!
As a drum student myself, it is always heartwarming to meet a fellow traveler For more info on my own journey in mid-life learning see my blog. Just click on this paragraph.
updated: May 2023
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.