OK, I can read music just fine. I know what all the symbols and notes mean. I can play “simple” tunes with both hands. I know some of the scales, but not all of them. How do I improve, apart from practice, practice, practice?
I’m not looking for a magic pill, but I would like to know (from those that have already achieved competency) how I should be directing my energy. By way of background, I didn’t start learning music until I was 25 years old; I’m now 32. Whenever I learn to play a song, it feels very mechanical - I don’t get that sensation of my fingers just going to the right keys that good piano players describe. It seems a real uphill struggle to learn each piece, and it never seem to get any easier. If you were to take the sheet music away as I’m playing, I would have no idea where to find the next note.
Maybe you have to start as a young child to get that intuitive sensation?
I’d like to be able to pick up a random piece of music (not necessarily a Beethoven sonata but maybe fairly complex popular music) and make a fair attempt at rendering it. I’d like to be able to feel my way, rather than having to learn each piece note by note. It’s like reading a book by spelling out every word one by one! I guess I’d like it to be more of a right-brained activity than left-brained.
I have taken lessons with a couple of different teachers - mainly what I got out of them was motivation to practice on my own. I know the theory but can’t get a “feeling” for it.
Any hints from the veteran pianists out there?