Practice doesn't necessarily mean perfect

Dear Answer Person,

Two things, really:

  1. If I practice every day, despite starting as an adult, will I improve on my instrument of choice?
  2. How did Perkins ever get such a wise person as you to answer questions?

Unfortunately, I know too many people whose desire far outstrips their ability when it comes to playing an instrument.  With practice, you might improve on your instrument of choice, but may never become adroit.  Keep at it, though.

On your second question, I’m both flattered and flabbergasted.  If I’m what passes for wise, we’re in serious trouble!