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 Posted: Tue May 10th, 2022 01:58 am
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WongLee wrote: srossi wrote: I truly respect anyone who can play even badly because I have so little musical ability. My son is 5 and has been playing piano/keys since 3 and he can read music now and has composed his first simple song. He knows what key people are singing in and can hear guitar parts and play them on keyboards without any instruction. He shows me sheet music and asks questions about it and is at a level so far beyond me already that I have no idea what he’s taking about. I’m very envious of that talent and anyone who has it.Dude that's fantastic. If he switches over to guitar after he starts listening to your MP3 or CD collection, he will have a huge head start in music theory. You've probably heard it said that you don't need to read music to be a great guitarist. It's true, but to an extent. You can certainly keep improving while self taught. But knowing theory gives you a big leg up.
I don’t want to be “that guy” but his teacher says his understanding of music theory is unprecedented for someone who just turned 5 last week. When his teacher played guitar and then my son played it on keys perfectly, I would’ve thought someone was ribbing me if I hadn’t seen and heard it myself. He understands things instinctually that my wife, who has a tin ear, doesn’t get. And I’m not all that much better myself. Sadly I can’t get him into much of the music I’m into yet, but his favorite real non-kid band so far is Talking Heads, which is a bizarre choice but musically they’re pretty cool.   



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