Originally posted by Audrey Turner:
I had four brothers (me being the only girl and thoroughly spoilt by them I might add) the eldest and the third brother can play anything they hear and most instruments including accordions, banjo, ukele etc., The second brother and myself can only play by music and only then if we know the tune.
I have four children (3 girls and a boy). The eldest has this gift of being able to play anything at all by 'ear' and the other three children are not interested at all. I have two grand daughters learning to read music both playing the piano. The eldest has passed all exams taken so far "with credits" and the other one struggles because her 'ear' playing gets in the way. Life is full of mysteries isn't it? I don't think we shall ever know the answer to this question, but the main thing is to enjoy your playing whatever your style.
I find your experiences, along with everyone else's, very interesting.
Questions come to my mind in regards of comparing the qualities of 'ear' players and 'sight' players.
Which group appears to have more versatility in regards to personal creativity, adlib, improvising etc?
Do 'ear' players pick up exactly what they hear and will not stray too far away from that?
Does learning to read music and to unnderstand the relationship of tones seem to help develop personal style more?
Anyone, feel free to add.