Scotch, no, it's a real piano (Rosler Rigoletto console from the mid-90s). The way I see it, the stuff of music is sound, and I think it's a good thing to explore the sounds that are available from a new instrument. With 200-odd strings, 88 keys, and nine possible pedal combinations (with some gradations in between), it seems to me that there are plenty of sounds - tonal colours - to be had.
Sounds like piano teachers should be able to deal with me, so I'll check the local area and see who's available.
I would say my guitar playing was pretty good. My main strengths were a good, clean technique, and a good ear for picking up a tune (like I said, it was original material and improvisation). I played acoustic and electric: vaguely folky/celtic stuff on acoustic, and lead & rythm on electric (mainly rock and funk). I did learn some stuff about scales and chords when I got started, but kinda dropped that after a few years. I eventually got to the stage where I could pretty-much play what was in my head without thinking.
I'm in the UK. My misgivings about grades are that I feel that there's an element of playing stuff because it requires a particular technical standard, but isn't neccessarily a tune I like. It's also a bit hard to take an interest in exams, since I have no reason to 'get grades' in a career context - so there's no substantive motivitation to work for the exams.
I bought a MIDI controller keyboard just before christmas, mainly for my MIDI writing activities (ie, a studio tool), and to play around with Hammond and piano sounds - it's taken a good 2-3 years for me to recognise that I'm no longer playing the guitar seriously, and this was an opportunity to try a couple of alternatives. I lasted two days on the Hammond sounds, and another couple before I just had to go and buy a footswitch to use as a sustain pedal. Eight days later, the deposit was paid on the Rosler, which was delivered exactly two weeks after the MIDI keyboard arrived.