Lovely to say hello to you! :-)
Ok, here's the short of it.
- I'm 49 years old
- Have been 'stuffing around' on the piano for years - 99.9% self-taught. Had 5 music lessons as a 7-year-old boy - but didn't really take to it.
- My playing has plateaued - I can improvise (a little bit) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KVQpr5HjFI
but cannot read music. Well learning to read music now.
So what am I doing to become effective with my learning?
- I'm a member of this forum - YEAH :-)
- Working through Alfreds (All-In-One Course)
- Member of pianote.com - up to level 4
- Have a Faber's learning books as well - haven't started - but will soon.
So here I am all eager and wanting to focus on improving my piano skills BUT WITH the understanding that this will take years.
- Learning to read music
- Music Theory
- Sight Reading ( I have a subscription for 'sight-reading factory' for a year )
- Classical Training
So in reading the forums, a few people recommended going and seeing a 'real-life in the person' tutor.
I did that yesterday for the first time and was rather disappointed. A delightful 74-year man teacher. But the lesson was totally unstructured - He wanted to expand upon my improv skills more than learning to read music. Sigh.
I've got two more lessons with him and then I'll continue the search for another teacher.
Being self-directed is great, but having a tutor I really could feel would be the difference of my trajectory and more importantly accountable and realistic goal settings.
I don't know exactly what sort of teacher I'm looking for, but that wasn't it. I suppose I'll know it when I see it???
I'd love a teacher to say, 'Right, I know what I need to do with you!' :-) In a friendly way of course! lol.
Thanks for reading.