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When I was a kid I taught myself to play the piano. Frankly, I didn't have much else to do. I couldn't focus on reading and, anyway, it was before the internet.
The net result was that I got quite good - in my way. I could play a lot of slower songs from the 20s and 30s that I like. All the Things You Are, The Way you Look Tonight, Smoke Gets in your Eyes. That type of thing. All the "actual" music.
I also learnt a few quite difficult classical pieces, which I have just printed out again - from the internet. These include the slow movements from Beethoven's "Moonlight" and "Pathetique" (I'm using the nicknames advisedly) and Chopin's "Raindrop" prelude. All of which I could get through pretty much.
BUT now I am older and more given to doing things right. I'm happy to practice a passage over and over and at slower speeds. I'm happy to try and limit my repetoire until I get it right. And my new piano allows me to record each hand at one time.
I might also be up for doing some scales, arpeggios and practice pieces. And this is where your guidance might come in. In short, no doubt, my technique sucks and that probably affects the sound I make. I have no idea of fingering, really. I am not versed in crossing the fingers over. My fluidity is probably pretty rotten - for example I am having to remind myself that I have to depress the key the full value of the note instead of using the pedal (slapped wrist). And no doubt many other things that would make a piano teacher swoon - while, I hope, being quite impressed with how far I have got without any lessons.
Things I am good at are sight reading and musical theory (Grade 5 cello, sight-sing in a choir).
SO after all that, does anyone have any recomendations about how I should proceed? Of course it would be lovely to have lessons, but I concentrate my time elsewhere (writing poetry and the choir) so that is not ideal.
What about books? Exercises? Just learning scales? Or do I just try to rein in my completist, perfectionist tendencies and enjoy the skill I have?
I look forward to hearing from you.
In terms of saying "well done," it was nothing. For some reason, playing the piano is the most enjoyable thing of all the art forms I dabble in. I sort of wish my parents had realised this and encouraged me to shift to piano lessons instead. But that was my sister's thing, I guess. Anyway, now I am reminiscing and regretting.
Best wishes and I look forward to hearing from Colin.
Good luck, it sounds like a fun musical journey you've been on