Why can some people play music well who don’t “know music”?



Asked by: Nancy Franklin

Can you play music without knowing theory?





Some amazing musicians have no grasp of theory at all, but over time they learn what sounds work and what sounds don’t. For most of the music I play, theory is unnecessary – but it helps once you have some physical capability. So I could, for example, play basic rock chords in a 4/4 rhythm and it would be fine.

Are people who play music more intelligent?

Subsequent studies showed that listening to music does not actually make you smarter, but rather raises your level of enjoyment and decreases your feelings of stress, which sometimes result in better focus and improved test scores.

Are you born with a musical ear?

They tested 224 members of 15 different families of musicians and found that musical ability is 50% inherited. Several studies have found that human evolution favors people with an ear for music.

What is it called when you can play any song you hear?

Playing or learning by ear is the ability of a performing musician to reproduce a piece of music they have heard, without having seen it notated in any form of sheet music.

Is playing piano by ear a gift?





It might seem like playing by ear is the ultimate “musical gift” but in reality it’s a collection of learnable musical skills.

Is music theory hard?

Is music theory hard? Although some aspects of Music Theory are fairly complex, there isn’t anything inherently difficult or hard to understand. Having experience with singing or playing an instrument is certainly helpful to learning and understanding how Music Theory works.

What are signs of a high IQ?

Some other habits or behaviors that may indicate a high level of intelligence or genius in an adult are:

  • Tendency to have slightly cluttered living areas and workspaces.
  • Fluency in taboo or ” swear” words.
  • Preferring late hours (being a ” night owl”) to early mornings.
  • Value being alone or time without crowded spaces.

Which music genre has the highest IQ?

A preference for instrumental music indicates higher intelligence, research finds. People who like ambient music, smooth jazz, film soundtracks, classical music and similar genres without vocals tend to have higher IQs.

What are signs of intelligence?

Research shows that the signs of intelligence are usually good memory and thinking ability, good attitude and hard-working nature, general and tacit knowledge, language proficiency and reasoning, decision-making, trust, creativity, achievements, good intuition, and problem-solving.



How do you know if you are musically gifted?

Signs your child or student may be musically gifted include:

  1. Musically-responsive movement.
  2. Response to good (and bad) sounds.
  3. Listening for music in the world.
  4. Hearing songs or melodic ideas all around.
  5. Instrument playing by ear.
  6. Matching pitch.
  7. Picking out harmony lines.
  8. Heightened emotional response.

Is playing by ear genetic?

Yes, it is true that, in order to play by ear, your brain has to be capable of discriminating certain features from the music you hear. And it is true that parts of the neurobiological circuits that do so are genetically influenced.

Is it rare to play by ear?

There are rare people in the world born with “perfect pitch,” and for them hearing and understanding sounds just works automatically. But those people are rare. For most of us, playing by ear just takes time and practice.



Do musicians hear music in their head?

When we hear music in our head we are using our musical imagination. This skill is technically called audiation, and it is the starting point for being able to improvise music or create your own music.

Is fingering in piano important?

Consistent fingering lets you play accurately without impediment so you’re always ready for the next measure of music. If you haven’t learned the correct fingerings, you haven’t really learned the piece.

Can all musicians read music?

It turns out that you definitely don’t. While it can definitely help to know some music theory, as you’ll see from the list of famous musicians who can’t read music, it hasn’t stopped them from achieving astounding success and virtuosity at their instrument.

Is music dyslexia a thing?

No conclusive case of musical dyslexia has yet been reported (though Hébert and colleagues have come close) and efforts to determine the effects of dyslexia on reading musical notation have been inconclusive. Children in western cultures are taught to read text, but not always taught to read music.



Is it true that the Beatles couldn’t read music?

The Beatles
None of us could read music… None of us can write it.” John Lennon admitted this about the band in a 1980 Playboy interview, “but as pure musicians, as inspired humans to make the noise, they [Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr] are as good as anybody.”

Why do guitarists not read music?

Some guitarists don’t read music because they have learned to play guitar by ear. They can listen to a song and figure out how to play what they have heard. Guitarists who have learned to play by ear usually don’t see a need to learn to read music.

Do famous musicians know how do you read music?

Some of the greatest musicians of our time – Jimi Hendrix, jazz drummer Tony Williams, Stevie Ray Vaughan, famed composer Danny Elfman, Kanye West, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Eric Clapton and just about every folk musician ever – never learned how to read or notate music, and yet consistently wrote

What does it mean to be able to read music?

Being able to read music means you can see and understand the structure of the piece and how it’s put together, allowing you to develop a greater understanding of the whole composition.