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It's all my own fault really. I should have started piano lessons after I left home at 19, then I would have succeeded with aplomb. One of the main reasons why I didn't succeed is that I left it too late in life.
I think the phrase it's never too late to learn a musical instrument is just one of these politically correct myths upheld by the piano teaching community because it does not apply to everybody. It should be In most cases, there is an upper age limit to learning to play a musical instrument.
I have only one option left...that is if I can somehow take the the British Handbell notation that I CAN sightread and somehow devise a system of piano sightreading notation with no dots, staves, squiggly lines or Italian terminology, but just finger numbers and indicators for change of hand position.
With regards to the North Koreans, I only joined the forum because I had some sheet music I wanted to pass on to either a piano teacher or a piano learner so that it could be put to good use. I managed to pass on my wartime c.1940 full music copy of Hymns Ancient and Modern Standard to a very impressive 79yo woman in the next village who, despite suffering a severe stroke earlier this year, still plays in church every Sunday and accompanies for choir. She then amazed both myself and my wife by opening the book at random, putting it on her piano stand and proceeding to play an ancient hymn tune perfectly that she'd never seen before!!
Here is an article about her in the Barnt Green village magazine and her visit to the Palace to take tea in the presence of the Queen:
http://villageonline.co.uk/village/news ... yal_reward
And to think it really is such a shame organs in churches are being replaced by MP3 players because they just can't get the people who can play them any more. You might get replaced one day, Gill
It's brilliant - had to watch 2 different vids to check that the bum notes were intentional!
'Barnacle Bill' by Ashworth Hope would have been a good tune to stick in there too (Blue Peter theme).