After engineering school, I saved up for a bit and, when I was 28, quit my engineering job to study composition full time with the great composer John Hilliard. I had piano lessons for the next two and a half years, but I did a good bit better with composition than piano. Savings ran out after a few years, so it was back to the office job. Even though music took a back seat to work, I was trying to figure out what held me back from being a better player. I read a good bit about learning theory and neuroscience, particularly as it relates to language.