11 Apr Am I A Lost Cause If I Was Classically Trained?
Hi gang – I wanted to share a question I received recently, and my response, as it is something I’ve answered many times in the past and I think it will be of some value to a lot of you reading this blog who have taken classical piano lessons in the past. I hope this helps you as you are exploring the possibilities of learning non-classical styles in the way we do.
“Hi Scott. I am considering purchasing one or more of your courses but I am not sure where I should begin. As a child, I was given private lessons – I did not like to practice and my parents gave up forcing me, but over those few years, I absorbed some music theory and learned to read music. Later in life, as a mother, I sent my two daughters to private lessons like those I attended as a child. Same story, could not keep them interested, so I took their music books and got back into lessons myself with their teacher for a couple years, refreshing some of my childhood learning. Then I continued on my own for many years, teaching myself to play intermediate classical pieces. Then I got into the work force and dropped piano for many years.”
“I am now retired. I want to get back to playing, but my command of music theory and my ability to read music are both very rusty. I can’t seem to get back the music that I was able to play years ago.”
“I do not want to go back to private lessons for a number of reasons. I would like to try your method but I have a few questions:”