Learning to play an instument is something that requires dedication, and a lot of tolerance on behalf of other members of the family. I was about 5 when I began my lessons on the pianoforte, and the early days are just a blur. I don’t remember what I learnt, I don’t remember how often I had lessons or on which day of the week, but I do remember my first piano teacher.
Mrs Dudeney lived in a house a short walk from where we lived. She was old. She must have been at least 50, and at 5 that is very old! She was always beautifully dressed. Silk dresses at calf length, lace collars, silk scarf suitably draped over her shoulder and always a lace handkerchief.
Oh yes, always a lace handkerchief.
A lace handkerchief safely stashed.
A lace handkerchief safely stashed up the left leg of her shiny pink directoire bloomers.