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Training Trumps Talent

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The other day I was talking to a friend about the incredible performances we've seen on YouTube.

   "Ah," he said, "Some people just have so much talent."    "Those people work really hard at it," I said.
   "Yeah," said he, "but they're just talented to begin with."

To me, that kind of thinking can make you want to give up practicing or playing. If you think you can only be good if you already have "talent," why begin?

It's not always obvious how much training goes into being great at something. Most artists downplay the amount of time they spend practicing: it's not interesting to hear about, and it's so much more impressive when it looks easy! Why ruin the image? When we watch YouTube videos, we only see the results, not the hard work.

After years of knowing, working with and playing with many musicians and artists, I'm convinced that nobody, not even talented people, can give an impressive, comple…