I hope I won’t offend anyone when I said this – most of the best pianists are self-taught!
Rewsnat is a good example. I think he would say the same thing to me too. We don’t consider ourself as the best. But we do play the piano better than 95% of the population (probably higher). Most of the techniques and skills we have, we acquired through self study.
- we practice the songs we love
- we work on the drills mostly alone in our own room
- we learn important tricks from other musicians and gurus (note that they wouldn’t have taught us if we didn’t ask on the first place)
- we read books on improvisation techniques
- we asked help on certain things in an online forum
- we watch the masters play on video and live, to learn their stuff.
I don’t mean that the piano teachers play no role in nurturing a student to become a virtuoso. All I want to express is that a person’s burning desire to master the piano is the key and ultimate reason that will make him one of the best.
Since you are reading this blog, I bet you are heading to the right path —– teaching yourself! Congratulations!