Poll: What's more important, talent or skill?
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Talent
49 40%
Skill
71 59%
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#1
When it comes to a musical instrument or anything, which ones more important.

My dad has played various instruments over his life and I think I have got my talent to play the guitar from him. But of course practice is important too.

Since there's some people who play guitar a year and are better than people who have been playing 5 years I'm not sure which ones more important, but obviously you have to practice very hard no matter who you are.
#2
Everything about music is a skill.

Everything is learnt from one source or another.
#4
If you are referring to 'natural talent' it really isnt that important. Ive taught kids who are really naturally talented but dont apply themselves and kids who are useless but try like bears and its always the ones who try harder who end up better.


....but if you are not naturally talented and are lazy then you end up like the majority of guitar players who 'just play a few tunes'
Last edited by Metallicker. at Aug 27, 2009,
#5
talent can only get you so far, skill can get you further
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#7
I honestly do not think some people are born w/ musical talent. I believe if someone is either:

1. Beat
2. Oppressed from music thus increasing interest in music
3. Been surrounded by music
4. Been given interest through people you're close to

Same goes for any other talent or skill.
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#8
Those two concepts are so subjective it's not even funny. This thread is bound to descend into arguments on semantics.

To be honest I think the most important thing about music is expression. As long as you are enjoying making the music and are expressing what you truly feel, everything's good. Isn't that what art is supposed to be in the first place?
#10
well in football steve g admits he inherited his talent and frank lampard said he was more skill based so I guess it doesn't matter its just skill you need more dedication
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#11
Dedication.
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#12
I honestly think some peoples' brains are just wired better for writing music. In terms of technique, I'd say it is more practice, but there i a bit of natural talent. In terms of songwriting, I think it is about 50/50.

I mean, you can develop a knowledge of theory and a better feel for how notes fit together, but you can't develop creativity, it's natural.
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#14
Talent makes it easier to pick up and start playing, skill you achieve by dedication.
#15
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I honestly think some peoples' brains are just wired better for writing music. In terms of technique, I'd say it is more practice, but there i a bit of natural talent. In terms of songwriting, I think it is about 50/50.

I mean, you can develop a knowledge of theory and a better feel for how notes fit together, but you can't develop creativity, it's natural.



Creativity can be jump started w/ things like guitar for example jump starts creativity in people and same goes for piano.


Some people learn musically too. I think people who are good w/ math and are organized are good at composing music or something too, I forgot where I read something like that, idk.
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#16
Talent. Skill can be learned, and relatively easily with alot of talent. You don't learn talent.
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#18
Well you see, talent is the difference between a skilled player and a Hendrix. However, you could be an awesome guitarist even if you're not a guitar god without any kind of talent.
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#20
wait, whats the difference?

edit: nevermind, i think i understand now
#21
I wouldn't say either is 'superior', but I'd personally be much more impressed by someone who could come up with a great riff of their own than I would be by someone who could perfectly play a brilliant solo written by someone else.
#22
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Well you see, talent is the difference between a skilled player and a Hendrix. However, you could be an awesome guitarist even if you're not a guitar god without any kind of talent.

Who says he had talent when he started out?


Hendrix developed his style by learning from others.
#23
I voted skill but it was a hard choice.

I'm taking calculus so bear with me.
If talent is f(x)=2x and skill is f(x)=x, and dedication is a constant, a person with talent will get much better faster but a person with skill will eventually get there too...

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#24
you can be the best technical player in the world, but that doesn't make you good.
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#25
Talent is the ability to write a song, that's your mind.
Skill is the ability to play a song, that's in your fingers.

Talent is more important by far. I don't care how skilled you are, but if you can't write a good song, it's useless.
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#26
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you can be the best technical player in the world, but that doesn't make you good.

Not all skill is technical.

If you hear someone's vibrato on the radio, you can work out how to emulate it.
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Talent is the ability to write a song, that's your mind.
Skill is the ability to play a song, that's in your fingers.

What, so no one can learn to write a song, and no ability is in the mind?
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#27
talent is what gives you desire to practice i think, and practice gives you skills. So in the long run talent is better because you could do anything with it.
#29
Talent will only get you so far, hard work and determination will work towards skill and will most likley be able to go above and beyond someone with just talent. To be fair though, if you have enough skill, I still consider it to be a talented.
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#30
if your gonna be damn good at something you need both talent and skill but skill is better than talent alone its like french fries and ketchup you need both but if you had to choose one youd pick the ketchup.
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wait..

theres a difference?

In my eyes you are born with talent and you have to work at something to aquaria a skill at it
#32
Talent's basically a bit of a headstart; it'll help you progress faster at the start, but no matter how talented you are, you'll need to develop skill to avoid hitting a plateau
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#33
they go hand in hand. you could be the most skilled guy and have no talent and play like malmsteen which to me is a horrid thing. Or you could be very talented with no skill and just be marginal.
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#34
Talent for singing, 50/50 for everything else. Ah, how I wish I had a decent vocal range...
#35
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Talent for singing, 50/50 for everything else. Ah, how I wish I had a decent vocal range...


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#36
Mozart didn't develop just develop skill so rapidly that he could compose symphonies as a child. He had natural talent.
#37
Quote by blue_strat
Who says he had talent when he started out?


Hendrix developed his style by learning from others.

Yeah but he had something that made him stand out from the crowd. He had IT. You can be an amazing guitarist without talent. But talent is what is going to make you be the one. Talent and skill obviously. A talented lazy won't get anywhere.
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#38
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I'd personally be much more impressed by someone who could come up with a great riff of their own than I would be by someone who could perfectly play a brilliant solo written by someone else.


This
#40
I've seen an interview with Vai and he stated he had absolutely no natural talent and that his creativity came from screwing around until he developed his own style. He then applied everything he knew about theory and found out how he got what he liked and applied what he learned to writing new stuff. IMO, it's all about dedication.
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