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Sep
15
comment How should a parent advise a child who wants to become a musician even though he is devoid of talent?
... I think back to when I was first starting, at age 9, and I was bad too. I'm sure it was not fun at all to listen to me play. But by the time I was in high school I was making allstate groups and doing very well. Had someone said (rightly so) "you are terrible, you should just stop" then that would have never happened.
Sep
15
comment How should a parent advise a child who wants to become a musician even though he is devoid of talent?
I can't post an answer since it's protected (??) but it's really important to note that practice and dedication is important. "Talent" is fleeting. Having worked with many musicians, the ones that succeed are the ones that put forth the effort. If your attitude is "you need innate talent to succeed" you are setting your child up for failure, because the implicit assumption is that "if it's hard or doesn't come easily you can't do it." Music IS hard, even those of us with talent started out really bad - and spent many, many hours learning and practicing....
Feb
4
comment Should you let a toddler win?
Are you sure your wife doesn't just want you to lose? She may be willing to go down for the team to make this happen :-)