I've been a guitarist for nearly 10 years. I started at 16 and became proficient enough to play in successful bands, developed my ear (it's how I learned), and could do most of what I wanted outside of extreme virtuoso type of music. I was also a self-taught musician and never had a lesson in my life. I learned how to play by listening to records and using my ear.
Now, the only reason I didn't take up piano at 16 is because my parents had no money for lessons. I knew that self-taught piano was not the way to go, because I could develop poor technique and be terrible the rest of my life! The good teachers here (rightfully) charge about $25-$30 per lesson. Every time I hear someone play the piano in person, I always feel terrible because I have regrets about not doing it myself. I want it so badly.
Well, recently my town opened a new conservatory. I signed up for a "month trial" where I only pay 50% of the lesson fees and get a free course in 'how to read music.' Let me make it clear that I have zero desire to be a virtuoso musician (no Chopin Fantasie Impromptu) or even play in an orchestra. I want to play because I simply love the instrument and can no longer go without it. If I am able to play this or this at some point, I will consider this endeavor a smashing success.
My question is, do you think it's too late? Is this something I am going to have to live without? I am extremely passionate and dedicated to music (the guitar is proof), and I have learned by ear, so perhaps that will help in some regard? I am only interested in the classical style and that's the training I have signed up for.
Any advice? Similar stories?