Natural talent, or perseverance?

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 09, 2010 5:29 AM GMT
    I have always been a firm believer in natural talent as opposed to the ability to persevere, but lately, have gotten into many discussions between the two, and my views are starting to falter. My view on it is that someone who is born with natural talent will never have to work as hard as someone who isn't to achieve the same end results, and thus, if they work as hard, or just slightly less as hard, as the one with less natural ability, will still be better at whatever they are doing, regardless of what that is. The opposing view points said that, eventhough that one might have less natural ability, with the extra time put in to understand something, they will have better knowledge of it, but, I believe, with this, they are going back to equality within people, while I am trying to establish the point of unequality, because, no matter what peoples' rights are, we are all different, some with natural talent, others without. What are your takes on it?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 09, 2010 1:55 PM GMT
    I play keyboards/piano by ear - listen and play. It's rather easy for me. It's a natural ability. I stopped piano lessons after three years because reading the sheet music was useless if I heard and memorized the song. Put sheet music in front of me now and it'll take a few hours or days to learn it.

    A friend of mine has no natural musical talent. He cannot play by ear. However, he took piano lessons and learned to read sheet music fluently. He can put a piece of music in front of him and play it almost instantly, with minimal errors, at a glance. Yet if you remove the sheet music while he's playing, he cannot finish the song even if he knows it.

    While that info doesn't answer the question, it's an example that can be used.

    PS. I'm also self-taught at pretty much any other instrument except woodwinds and strings. Other formally-taught professional musicians still pwn my abilities at other instruments.