I’ve recently started taking piano lessons. How I came to start them is a story in itself. I was just having a casual conversation with a friend who is a musician. I mentioned that one instrument I’ve always wanted to learn to play is the piano. I said maybe someday I’ll treat myself to lessons. The friend responded with the questions “Why someday? What are you waiting for?” I didn’t have a good answer, so… Here I am taking lessons! But what I really meant to discuss in this post is my piano tutor. He’s a very effective teacher for two key reasons. First of all, he’s very patient. But the other reason is that he gives a very good blend of positive reinforcement and specific constructive criticism. He gives a very even mix of the two. For every compliment, I get told a very clear area to work on improving. It is just such a pleasure to learn from someone who is so effective at teaching. Given the fact I found this tutor by answering an ad on craigslist, I really lucked out.