I started playing two years ago, actually. I’m using a MIDI keyboard, so the most I’m working with is velocity sensitive keys. I’d love to own an actual piano however.
As for Q3, I’m not entirely sure how to answer that! There’s definitely a girl involved, even if she wasn’t around when the journey started. She’s part of the journey now though :)
I’m glad you enjoyed it :)
Please spread it around!
I essentially use Ableton Live 8 for recording/writing/processing. That’s where the majority of the work is done. Once you’ve got your guitar parts down, it’s essentially a case of working with varying effects to achieve the sound you want (mostly it’s delay and reverb, but don’t limit yourself to just these two).
Some musicians like Tim Hecker record guitars and then chop them up into samples (like you would if you were making electronic music) and then use a lot granular synthesis to get their sound. There’s no one way to make ambient music, so it depends a lot on what your sound is.