Underneath my stairs there’s an upright piano that was bought by my great Grandfather in the 1920s. For many years I’ve been sitting at it, plink plonking away, vowing that one day I’ll learn how to play it properly. I’ve tried various ways of learning:
Downloading piano lessons – Play the Piano in a Flash – the idea was good but it didn’t work for me.
Books – Teach Yourself Piano in 10 Easy Steps – not that easy as it turned out.
Making it up and playing by ear – I managed to compose two tunes but then had no idea what to do next. I simply didn’t have the musical language required to take it forward.
“What you need,” said my husband “is help!”
So, after years of enduring my ad-hock attempts at trying to master the piano, he arranged lessons as a birthday present.
And, I’ve just had my first lesson. It was great. I learnt more in half an hour than I have in years of fiddling around on the keyboard by myself.
I’ll let you know how I get on.
Anyway, my advice is, if you want to learn to do something enrol on a course. By all means use the other resources and experimentation to support your studies but a course will help you learn quicker, learn in a structured, sensible order and you’ve got help when you need it.