I started learning the piano when I hit 30. I’ve been learning for 5 years. I’m at about grade 6 but am not taking the grade exams. My piano is called Humphry, he is my most cherished possession.

My main inspiration is the composer Ludovico Einaudi, but I like a broad range of music, from Mozart to Madness.

I am also husband to wellywoman : http://wellywoman.wordpress.com

If twitter is your thing you can follow me – @Piano_Learner

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  1. Congratulations on taking the time to learn to play the piano. I have been playing since I was five. I never studied enough to take the exams; I just play for myself. My mother started taking piano lessons when she was in her 50s. My children won’t learn from me, but maybe someday, they’ll decide to learn on their own.

  2. Thanks for liking my recent post. Good luck with the learning! Will be interesting to read about your future development. πŸ™‚

  3. I was 27 when I picked up the accordion, it’s never too late to learn playing an instrument and enjoy great music!

  4. Good knowing you friend, Im 21 now I thought I’m very lare but on seeing people like you I’ve got a confidence that age is not at all a barrier πŸ™‚

    Thanks for visiting my blog,

    ~ With Love to Musical keyboard,
    Rajiv M

  5. M E Palmer said:

    What a pleasure to have a fellow musician drop by on my site! I never could master the piano (the cello has been my life-long love) – I have such admiration for pianists, I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  6. marcelino guerrero said:

    I have always romanticized about learning to play the piano. It’s a beautiful instrument of sound. But never follow through, nevertheless, go luck with your studies. And thanks for visiting my blog today.

  7. Thank you for visiting my blog! I don’t play piano, but my father did… Every evening before dinner for about half an hour. Brings back very happy, family memories. I sometimes still hear him playing Chopin in my head…

  8. Hi! Thanks for following my blog–it’s always nice to connect with other pianists out there. It’s always nice to see adults who want to play and therefore actually play and not just say “oh man, I wish I could play like that” but don’t want to put the work in. I’ve run into too many of those. Best of luck to you!

  9. I was right to decide to create YouTube channel. I was lucky to know and learn piano when I were 12. But God, how the hell did I give up on music and playing? I never do a live performance, there is not yet a single person around me sitting patiently to hear my playing. Then, I know now that there is so meaningful to play for other. Maybe no one sit near me but I know for sure that there are people out there watching my crappy video. And thank you to let me know that it’s not too late to play piano at the age of 30.

  10. Thanks a million for stopping by my blog…and on my first day ‘at school’ too. Although I appear to be ‘messing about’ the 365 day challenge I’m taking on is a real one….365 days to learn to play piano at the age of 64….

    But why not? I’m also looking forward to checking out some of the videos on your blog…although I must own up to not knowing much about classical music…my education stops at Roll Over Beethoven by the Beatles.

  11. Thanks for liking my latest song! You have accomplished some amazing things already, keep practising, you will love it forever! What a great blog as well, I look forward to reading more!

  12. so great you’re learning the piano! keep it up πŸ™‚

  13. I think it is great you started Piano later in life as I think it is a brilliant way to relax, alleviate stress and a great channel for creativity. Have you read ‘Play it Again Sam; by Alan Rusbridger? highly recommended.

  14. Delighted to be following your blog πŸ™‚ Clarabelle

  15. If you liked my blog post on birds of fire wait till later on, I will post some deep technical analysis on keyboard touch and feel (technique). Check out the return to forever video on you tube “alice bop”, you may not like fast changes but the attitude he take probably “unkown to him” during his solo is a great view of how to be in the space(when his left hand is up in the air anticipating a good place to land a few bars later). Imho playing slower is much harder than playing fast from this view point because in order to do this you must be able to feel the cycles with out the the subdivisions(the fast pulse of the musical inspiration), that’s why as I say in my first blog installment ballad playing is for mature players. But much more on this in the future.

  16. Hi! I nominated you for the ABC Award. You don’t need to do anything about it, its just to say that I enjoy your blog. x

  17. Just read a few of your posts. Really lovely posts about music. As a pianist (and violinist) I have had similar learning experiences to yours.

    It’s strange to say this, but you remind me slightly of my father! He loves the piano (arguably more than me) and music like Einaudi. He has never had lessons, though, and taught himself how to play the theme tune from ‘The Piano’.

    Really admire your accomplishments. Makes me feel so useless because I lost hope after I reached a technical brick wall with my playing. πŸ™‚

    • I hope you find the love for the piano again. When I was very young I wanted to to learn the violin, but my parents couldn’t afford the lessons. Sometimes when I listen to Seth Lakeman or to ‘The lark ascending’ I wish I could play it, but I think I have found my one true musical love in the piano.

  18. Cucu Andrei said:

    Hey! Thanks for liking my post, I am also a musician playing guitar mainly, but nowadays I struggle with all sorts of keyboards too. Nice blog you have here and good luck with your lessons!

  19. Hope you don’t mind, but I’ve nominated you for a blogging award (or two!) Jx


  20. Good luck with mastering the Piano. I have always dreamed of learning how to play an instrument, but never got down to it.

  21. Good luck with the piano! I started when I was 7. I never took “piano exams” but I had very formal lessons with a book set and then majored in music in college with piano as my instrument of study. Now I teach piano and a few other things at one studio while trying to build my own. I get excited when people want to learn piano.

  22. Delighted to discover your blog:) (technology not my greatest friend) I have a gaggle of little broccoli’s keen to learn to play the piano and a piano waiting for me to collect…in Liverpool. Utterly bamboozled about the best way to move a piano.

  23. Thank you for dropping by my blog! I must admit to being the black sheep of a piano playing family. Despite my mother’s efforts, all I could master was Grade 2 and a self taught version of “Lady Madonna”! However, my little brother, did us all proud. Well done, and keep up the good work!

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