I know I’ve made this point before, but you people need it hammered into you:
Kids don’t have some magic ability to tame instruments. The main difference I see is they lack the self-loathing and expectations adults bring to the table. If I could offer adult beginners (that is, people of all proficiencies that started after age 16) one main piece of advice it would be this:
Dream big. Have outlandish fantasies of musical greatness. Be excited about it and unashamed of that enthusiasm. Let that, and not the burden of ego or self denigration fuel your fire.
Thanks to Nancy L for another gem. She also showed me Ben Zander’s PopTech video, (a few posts down) and incidentally started The Swan today.