I started learning piano after I turned 50. It’s been less than two years now. In between, my daughter went to college in US, I lost my parents to cancer in July 2017 and August 2018, and moved across the large country of India (from Mumbai to Kolkata). In spite of all these obstacles, my heart is still with those magical black and white keys. However, my learning has been stunted because of all of these.
But the bigger challenge has been to find a good tutor, meeting my knowledge & interest in various genres, age, pace of learning, location (home or class) etc. Piano is not an Indian instrument. Nor is western classical or jazz/ blues as popular in India as they are in China/ Japan/ SE Asia. This is because, India has a well developed and venerated classical music genre, and a popular music oeuvre based on that, and thus music tutors and academies in Indian music of various quality and cost are widely available. But not for piano. Thus it’s been difficult for me to find a good Piano tutor, who will come home, spend adequate time, pay attention, share my interest in music, and provide the lessons / guidance accordingly.
On the other hand, the Web has made access to knowledge and instructions much easy. I have a feeling that judiciously chosen, between instructional youtube videos, books, and perhaps a learning app, one can take on the learning journey.
However, I am not very sure about exactly the path to take. About what to learn when, how to progress, how to get feedback, when to branch out in a genre (classical/jazz/popular) etc. (I know a fair bit of theory and can call myself a late beginner in playing).
So, I ask, what would be a good/ ideal/ optimum method of self-learning piano, given all the internet resources available?