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Is a musician really a musician if they can`t read music?


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15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 5/17/06 - 1:49:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
A musician is someone who makes music. If s/he can do so without reading music, I'd say they were pretty talented.

Also, the art of music preceeded written music. It's not as if music/musicians were born when music took written form.

15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 5/17/06 - 4:43:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
Do you have any idea how many famous musicians couldn't read music?
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 5/17/06 - 4:54:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, my dad has been in a lot of bands and written his own songs, and he can't read a single note. He practices by listening to songs and playing them by ear.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 5/17/06 - 5:18:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, of course you are.

People can still play wonderful music on any instrument if they can't read music.

I was in band for many years and couldn't read music very well at all. I did play percussion (so I didn't really NEED to read music) but I did just fine.

15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 5/17/06 - 5:23:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
being able to read music definitely helps, but its by no means necessary. i can sight-sing and learn by ear, and i create music on par with others in my choir who know more theory than will ever be useful to anyone who won't be composing every day for the rest of their life.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Wednesday 5/17/06 - 5:27:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
It helps if they can read but it certainly does not mean they aren't a musician if they can't read it.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 5/18/06 - 5:36:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm sh*t at music reading but I have a good ear for sound and a perfect pitch.

I wonder how people can't have the ability to hear what notes are...it's wierd.

15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 5/19/06 - 11:28:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
you dont have to be able to read music for someone to teach you, or you to teach yourself, to play an instrument

it helpa if you can read music, but you can be really good if you work really hard

15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 5/19/06 - 11:29:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
I can't read music very well but I'm a pretty good musician
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 5/19/06 - 11:43:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
i'm sure they are.
some people are better at playing by ear or memory.
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 5/24/06 - 4:03:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, most definately...

In fact, I can read music AND play an instrument without having to look at music. So there ya go.

15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 5/24/06 - 4:14:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
Uh, yes, of course. Someone is a musician because they make music, not because they read it. To say that being able to read music is what defines one as a musician is silly.
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 5/24/06 - 4:51:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
Kinda sorta. A musician is one who creates music in some way (voice, instrument). That doesn't necessarily mean that they can read music. A lot of sopranos can't read music (they just get used to singing the melody all the time). You can't survive in the alto world, however, without being able to read music.
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 5/24/06 - 6:51:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 5/17/2006 1:49:17 PM RaynDrop wrote:
A musician is someone who makes music. If s/he can do so without reading music, I'd say they were pretty talented. Also, the art of music preceeded written music. It's not as if music/musicians were born when music took written form.

Precisely. Music is made with an instrument. It doesn't require written music.
That's like asking, "Can a person talk if he/she can't read?"
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 5/24/06 - 6:55:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Or more correctly, "Is a person a talker if the person can't read?"
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Friday 5/26/06 - 5:40:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Duh!
15 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 5/28/06 - 5:25:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course. Reading notes just makes it a lot easier on the musician [in my opinion].
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 7/8/06 - 8:08:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
Being able to read music makes a musician's life so much easier. Especially if you understand music theory and can understand what's going on in the music, then you are really able to perform with a deeper understanding of the composer's intent (I believe). But I don't think it's a neccessity. Anyon could be a musician, you don't HAVE to know how to read music.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 7/15/06 - 1:34:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
Define read.
15 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Saturday 7/15/06 - 1:39:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
I learned to play bass before I could read music, and though it's easier when you can, it's certainly not impossible if you can't. Which, pretty much everyone has already said, which just goes to show how little I have to do right now.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 9/25/06 - 8:44:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, they are, but they can be far better if they can read music. Trust me, I was a suzuki kid (played everything by ear) and now it's coming back to bite me in the ass with sight-reading things.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 10/10/06 - 9:55:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
the beatles couldn't read music, and i think they were musicians if i say so myself.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 12/9/06 - 3:53:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
a musician can also write lyrics so..
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 12/11/06 - 10:48:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
I know how to play flute, and piano by looking at the music, but i also play guitar and i can't read guitar music, that still makes me a musician
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 12/11/06 - 10:54:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
lol i dont think so

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