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Nobody has natural TALENT - Natural TALENT is a Myth

Sathya Narayanan
30/09/2016 0 0

 It is true that some people possess more natural abilities in one or skill or another. For example, some athletes are naturally fast sprinters. Others are great marathon runners. Others can swim faster or longer. Others can jump higher. Others are stronger. Others are smarter. Others have faster reflexes. Others can throws football better. Others can shoot a basketball better, etc. The point is athletes with great abilities have them usually in one area. For example, Sachin Tendulkar (arguably the world's greatest cricket player of all time) was not very successful when he tried to play baseball (or golf for that matter). Think about athletes in the Olympics, they are specialists. They have found their natural ability and developed it to it's greatest potential, but that natural ability is usually limited to one skill. I am sure you accept that sachin did not discover his ablity one day and the next day he was in our national team ...He developed his skills needed to get there...how..... PRACTISE ...PRACTISE...PRACTISE...


Music is very different from a skill or a sport. There is no such thing as musical skill. There exists only a large set of musical skills. Think about some of the very different types of skills a musician needs to have:

  • a highly developed ear,
  • good physical technique on his/her instrument,
  • heightened creativity,
  • the ability to improvise well,
  • songwriting/composing skills,
  • the ability to play in time,
  • the ability to play with others,
  • the comprehension of music theory,
  • a good memory,
  • the ability to read music, etc.

The list goes on and on. Some players have a natural ability to play fast, some have naturally good ears, some have good voices, some are naturally more creative than others, some are natural improvisers, etc. 

Nobody has natural talent in all of the necessary areas to be a complete musician.

Most of the people the so called born with talent have probally only good musical memory.... so they can remember to recall the notes.....but you still need to develop other skills

Each of us has some natural ability of some kind. You may already know what yours is or you may not  have yet discovered it. If being a better musician is not coming easy for you that simply means you are like the rest of 99.9% us including me as your teacher

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