I have this long-standing belief that anyone who spends about 1000 hours on any endeavor has a good chance of being proficient in the activity of choice. I subscribe to this belief in learning & education, motor skills activities like sports and most certainly, art & music. Specifically, learning an instrument from square one. I also subscribe to the principle that it's never too late to learn a skill -- no matter how difficult the subject matter, no matter your age. And there's also serendipity, of course, as the opportunity presents itself.A loaner electric piano became available to me last week and after about 4 hours, I can play simple boogie tunes and a minor ballad -- thanks to the internet, of course. Well, there's that 2-handed method as well which had been a struggle so far. Being a leftie, I can do arpeggiated chords in one direction smoothly depending on the hand. Which means, I will need at least an hour a day for the next year to just get my motor skills in sync with what I intend to play. So that leaves me with about 600 hrs of learning the theory which puts me at mid-2014 for my proficiency target of a thousand hours. Althoug, something has got to give in order for me to get this hour a day dedicated for learning the piano. Art? Cycling? Guitar playing? Nope. Work? Can't afford to. Sleep? Maybe.