The piano accordion was my first instrument. I hated the instrument, and I wasn't too crazy about my teacher. I started piano lessons at the age of 9, but I didn't have a piano to practise on. My late Dad drove me to the church hall every evening to practise. You can imagine my excitement when one morning before school, a truck pulled up on the driveway, and out came two movers carrying a piano. The rest is history you could say, except for the time I rebelled a little about having to practise and do exams. Long story short, the examiner wrote on my Grade 4 Piano exam result sheet, "Nails too long!" Just in case you're wondering, I did very quickly come to appreciate my piano accordion beginnings.