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2 Comments

  1. Tamara
    June 30th, 2013 @ 4:18 am

    Im an ear musician and although I did find it rewarding to learn how to read music, I never stuck with it. I find myself naturally rebelling against it. For me it’s not a matter of being.g cool, but playing by ear is a different kind of rewarding that feels almost sacred to me. When I was six, my piano teacher was frustrated with me because I couldn’t understand what the O with the line through it meant and why I needed to look at
    it in order to play music. I thought everyone
    could play music by ear and couldn’t understand what she was doing. I was also shy so she probably did.t even suspect I could play naturally and she and made me feel like a loser.

  2. John Demko
    July 2nd, 2014 @ 1:58 pm

    Great Article. I think your explanation of Pro/Con really makes for a good advocacy of reading music (as a guitarist).