This is my first discussion 🙂
I hear people say things like "oh, isn’t he so talented!", or "they’re so lucky to be able to do that"
my question is, what do you take talent to mean?
Its definition is natural abilities or qualities.
I may agree that a person is talented, but I don’t think does justice to someone playing the way they do. I also agree that definitely, some people have ‘it’ and some people don’t.
I’ll use me as an example. I play fiddle, I play it well, my band has 2 CDs, I teach it, etc, and every so often somebody will tell me I am talented. Do people not see that, yes, I play the fiddle well, but I also played it for about 15 hours a week for ten years? It took hard work to get there.
I play the flute, too, it took me about a year to be at a good level on that, I’ve recorded that too.. people dismiss being good at something as being lucky. I played that for 3 hours a day, for a year or more.
I think it is tied with age- I may be 17 and good at playing music, but I’ve played since I was 7: 10 years is way over half my life, with maybe an 1/8th of every single day given to playing music.
Some people have it, but those people who are at the high level have worked really hard to get there- I don’t know any who have been great instantly, or within a few years.
Whats everybody else’s opinion on the matter?