Frankly, I am a lucky person. I grew up with my entire clan of 30+ people almost next door or just down the way.
Whatever Holiday came around, there we all were.
Banjos, Guitars, Blues Piano, Jazz Piano. A lot of Music with a lot of Instruments. And a lot of fun.
With all that Music not a one of them could read, let alone study Classical Piano. An odd duckling, really.
Formally, I began at 5. with Mrs. Frazer, Kindergarten to 8th Grade. She always had Music sheets with pictures on them and I was to choose.
One day, I learned the difficult rhythm of 2 against 3. Clapping up the dirt road to home, I got it. I was at the Stone Bridge.
From 9th to 12th, I auditioned to enter a Practice of a Concert Pianist. She accepted me. I learned through her, precision. I learned to teach how a Concert Pianist was taught.
College; then, Graduate School
There I studied Harpsichord and joined a touring Trio.
Studying under Dr. Wheeler, a protege of a renowned Concert and Recording Artist.
My Piano work moved very deeply into the Masters of the 18th through mid-1900's. My work was strenuous, spending up to 7 hours a day working to master a large work.
Today, I teach.
And, using all my training, I now pass to my Students.