July 21, 2022

Question and Answer


My son is now 11 and wants to play the piano. He has been taught for several years, practices regularly, but still cannot sight read or play by ear, or play much apart from some set pieces. He just has not got it. What now?” a despondent mother emails.


Heaps of kids have wide eyed expectations, but their genetic make-up simply will not achieve what they desire. Music – you either can or you cannot – there is no “in between”. But I believe everybody is born with some genetic talent. It is a case of finding it. Exposure to as many different hobbies, or “callings” or enterprises as possible is worthwhile. Eventually he will suddenly discover what comes naturally.

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