My DS started lessons when he was maybe 6 or 7 and has participated regularly in piano contests, and even won some regional and state ones. However, he has decided that even though he can make a career out of playing piano, he does not love it enough to make it the center of his life. He still has weekly lessons, but in a very relaxed and fun way and no more formal competitions and performances.
I grew up poor and owning an instrument and taking lessons was out of reach for me. Now that I am at a somewhat “comfortable” point in my life, and with a reasonably priced piano teacher available, I decided to start learning piano. I have to say that despite the fact that I have to retrain and develop “muscle memory” in order to make my fingers do what my mind wants it to do, I find practice time fun and enjoyable. I cannot say that I have a particular level of expertise that I am hoping to achieve apart from learning a new skill and prove that old dogs can learn new tricks. I have to say that this bitch is definitely kicking butt.
I bought a used version of the book Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book, Level One with a CD. I also have the Adult All-In-One Course: Lesson-Theory-Technic: Level 1 which I have yet to inspect. 🙂