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.
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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.