Piano is my first love. I started when I was 7 which means I've been playing for 20 years now.
It wasn't always smooth sailing. I think about 3rd grade I hit the plateau. Its that part of the learning curve when you feel you aren't going anywhere. I wanted to quit but Mom had just bought me a piano and they're not cheap. So I kept going. And I'm glad I did.
If I had money, I want this piano:
I used to have an acoustic piano.
My parents bought it for me when I was in 2nd grade and we'd moved to a house where there was more room for it. But it's not practical for an apartment. Fortunately, I worked for a music store teaching lessons and so I got a great deal on my Yamaha P-140 Digital Piano
I like Yamaha pianos. I've played on Steinways and I know it's probably blasphemy to say this but....I don't like how they play. I always feel like I have to push really hard to get anything out of it. The Yamahas I've played are like playing butter. So responsive.
I don't just play solo piano either. I've been an accompanist since I was 11. I cut my teeth playing for Sunday School and then moved up to choir in 7th and 8th grade. I did choir in high school as well as soloists and instrumentalists and also two of the high school musicals. I sight read so that makes it easier for me to learn new music quickly. Didn't do a lot in college besides playing for soloists for their voice recitals. The organ and voice lessons kept me busy enough.