We all come with a history - musical highlights and inspirations, and sometimes baggage, too. Of all the stories I've heard, the most heartbreaking are from those people who were discouraged at a young age:
"You'll never be good enough."
"You can't learn this."
"You're just not musical."
Imagine believing such things for the first 30, 40, 50 years of your life. The real tragedy is that it's simply not true.
With the right approach, anyone can play.
In the words of my students:
"I can't believe how quickly I can play real music!"
"It feels easy!"
"Practice is so much fun."