I started formal piano lessons at the age of 8, although before that I had an old bass drum and a 'Sooty' toy drum kit, which I used to play on - and I had a 'Mickey mouse' toy guitar, which I loved playing with, and which I got when I was aged 2. My parents were both musicians and my older sister was a very good pianist and singer, so i was surrounded by music from the day I was born! I didn't really like going to piano lessons when I was young - I preferred playing football! However, when I began to see that I could interpret my own ideas on the piano, and then later the guitar, things started to change and I became more dedicated.
My older sister was a blues singer and had lots of blues album which I used to listen to from when I was about 8 years old! So blues music influenced me from a very early age.
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