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Why you shouldn’t assume that you have no talent for music

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Many people don’t bother every trying to learn how to play a musical instrument because they think they have no natural talent for it. That might seem like a fair and reasonable assumption. After all, not everyone can have that god given talent, right? Well, that’s actually not a helpful or useful mentality. You don’t have to think about it in those terms. And you should never assume that you have no talent for music. Here’s why.

Natural talent has to be uncovered first

Do you have a reason for assuming that you have no natural talent? It’s something that has to be uncovered; it won’t just leap out and announce itself to you. That’s not how it works. So, you first need to put yourself in a position to try these things and find out what you’re good at and what you enjoy. Only then will you know where your natural talents lie.

It’s easy to assume that you’re not talented without actually doing any work to find out whether there is any truth to that assumption or not. But don’t allow yourself to fall into that kind of trap. It’s not helpful for you in the long-term, and it doesn’t make sense to dash your hopes before you’ve even tried.

And natural talent is not even necessary

Even if you find out that you don’t have any natural talent, that doesn’t mean that you should just give up on your hopes and dreams. Natural talent isn’t the only form of talent. For many people talent is something that is honed; it’s a craft that is worked on. It’s far too common for people to believe that there is only one definitely of talent, and that’s unfortunate.

There are so many musicians who have found success through pushing themselves. These people didn’t necessarily have a talent that they were born with. Not every pianist started as a child genius like Mozart. In fact, those examples are rarer than you might think.

Nothing can replace practice and long-term application

It might sound like a bit of a cliche, but it’s true: there is no replacement for hard work and practice. If you want to be the best musician you possibly can be, you have to be willing to apply yourself and push yourself hard. That’s the only way to get anywhere. Whether that means taking up online flamenco guitar lessons or reading about technique is up to you. There is no set path here.

If you apply yourself over many years and keep practising and practising, you will be able to learn how to play the instrument of your choice. You might not have the natural flair of the best, but that doesn’t matter. This is all about expression and enjoyment; those are the things that matter most.

Music should never be exclusionary; instead, it should be open to everyone. So, don’t be put off by the talent of others. This isn’t a competition. It’s a passion. So, pick up an instrument and give it a try if you’re tempted.

Photograph by ignatsevichserg

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