Languages and Music at school

waste of time ?

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27/09/2012 at 15:38
RicF wrote (see)

Music and learning to play instruments. Sheer inate ability is what counts here. You can practise all you like but it won't make the slightest bit of difference if you aren't born with the music gene. Why do you think some people can just play. Just show them where to put their fingers and away they go. 

Which came first, the music, or the music gene?  Which evolutionary disaster meant that pianists arose to prominence?  I presume this isn't a gene we share with any other mammal, or did the banjo playing marmosets die out through inbreeding?

27/09/2012 at 17:10

I'm pretty sure there's some research which suggests that if you do 10,000 hours of practice you will play an instrument well.  I suspect that talent is what takes you from playing well to playing brilliantly after the 10,000 hours.  If you look at the finalists in any major music competition (say BBC Young Musician) most of them started young and practise a lot.  None of them picked up their instrument a few months ago.  To my mind it's more that if you like something, you don't notice so much that it's taking work and effort to improve. 

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