Vocally and academically speaking… Is there a balance between the learning skills and natural talent?


Over 38 years of teaching, I’ve met all kinds of people; some more talented and some not so talented. Some of them had good learning abilities; some were much slower accepting and retaining the needed technical skills, academically speaking.
Interestingly enough, those with poorer learning, for some reason, had a better and more pronounced vocal talent. Those who were more academically sound appeared to be much tighter and more restricted in their vocal and, overall, musical abilities.

The history also shows that the majority of today’s well-known artists have hardly a high school education and, some of them, literally, have evident learning disabilities.
Needless to say that for nearly four decades, I have been working with professional musicians, with wannabe professional performers and just regular people, which some of them came from the corporate world such as, accounting, law, medicine and etc. 

My experience shows that these particular category of people are very prompt, very disciplined and with excellent learning aptitude.

They got used to working hard in their professional skills, but that part of the brain is not the one which is responsible for the artistic creativity, and in the majority of those cases, they are unable to activate that different switch in their psyche to get in touch with their artistic desires. Those who are usually “artistically inclined”, so to speak, appear to be quite vocally and musically talented, but to teach them what requires an intellectual concept, is virtually impossible.

So go figure!

What do I prefer, you my reader, might ask? My answer would be, “I honestly do not know”.
I do like people with brains, education and class, but, unfortunately, they will most likely be lacking the desirable talent, however, sometimes, they are “saved by the bell”…
As, due to their trade, nevertheless, being savvy, they are able to somehow balance the high level of knowledge, which I instill in them with the luck of a natural talent.
However, sometimes, they are actually able to get away with it and even prosper as high selling recording artists. The rest, so to speak, of a street level, usually have talent galore, but to teach them anything, which requires to couple academic skills with their natural talent, is virtually a nightmare in a lot of cases.

But again, some of them are still able to compensate for the lack of their technical knowledge with their beautiful, and sometimes, enormous artistic talent.

Ultimately, the conclusion of it is, that if the potential artist could balance the technical knowledge and skill with their artistic talent, then we would all be able to account for what I call a “Total Performance”! Everybody’s ideal goal.

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