I'm 26, I've been learning to play the piano for the last 4 years and I've just reached Grade 5, I can competently sight read, and I know all the major and minor scales and all the basic chords.
I can pick up a new piece fairly-quickly.
I'm also about to take Grade 5 theory and I predict I'll do pretty well in it.
I've put a lot of effort into this and all I am is frustrated.
I started learning the piano to benefit my music writing on computer. Going back to some of my earlier works where I wrote entirely by ear, they were so much more musical/emotional than the garbage I'm writing now. I've got WORSE.
I feel tied down to the scales now that I know them, where as before I was inadvertently dipping in and out of everything without realising and was so much better for it.
I don't understand what makes music sound the way it does or even how to write an effective melody. I feel nothing but blank when I sit down at a piano, and I see lesser students put a few chords in order and it sounds magic. I feel so dumb about the whole thing, like there isn't any music in me at all.
I know it's hyper advanced - but I went to see a Frank Zappa concert last night, that just blew me away - it was like they can use every note available, and still make it sound good.
I'm fed up of feeling musically empty and I need some guidance, an area to study that will help me get my head back into messing about musically.
Anything is appreciated.