I've been taking piano since the age of 5 and I am now 16 years old. I never had the proper guidance until now. My first teacher and I had a good relationship, but she never stressed things to me such as counting and theory. Therefore, I did not know how to count! I somehow managed to go on playing with my own sense of rythym. My second teacher was very harsh and she too did not properly guide me or stress counting even though my past teacher mentioned to her I could not count! Her harshness and lack of motivation towards me eventually made see no light. Although I still took lessons from her, I learned nothing...zilch...So while I was frequenting her house she still got her overpriced charge and all I recieved was dread! Now, about year ago I found the teacher of my dreams, she has stressed to me the importance of counting and I'm finally learning to adapt to somewhat new method of playing and I love it so much. I have never felt so passionately about music until now. My question is, is it too late for me? After 10 years of hardship and lack of guidance, is it too late for me to play the piano at a skillfull level? I really love the piano and I'm concerned that it might be too late for me...I still have 2 more years of guidance under her and I'm practicing very hard to accumulate the theory and skills that were robbed from me in the past. I want this very bad...
Also, are there any tips you can provide me on improving? I would like as much feed back as possible...