By Vishaal Kapoor
What is Natural Talent? Do you really need “natural talent” to learn how to play an instrument? In my experience teaching guitar to hundreds of students over many years, I have come across many different types of students. I’ve taught kids and adults, even adults past their 50s, many of whom have had ZERO experience in learning and playing any musical instrument. The result – many of them have proven to themselves that they don’t need natural talent to learn to play the guitar.
Many students often think that they don’t possess the ability to do something with music, and assume that they can’t be trained or taught to do so. I’ve had students tell me they are “tone deaf” or “felt they were too old” or “can’t play by ear no matter how hard they try” or “I’m not musically inclined, and no one in my whole family is either”. One thing is certain – if you have this mindset, you are NEVER even going to attempt to do any of those things. If you keep an open mind, have a willingness to learn and go through the process, if you have great guitar instruction you can achieve anything that you want on the guitar or any other instrument.
A friend of mine, and fellow guitar teacher, Mike Philippov has written more in depth on this topic, and I think you will greatly benefit from reading this article. Read this article on “Natural Talent” – highly recommended!