Do I need to be able to read music to be a musician?

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Yes and no. Many famous AND great musicians do not read music. (The Beatles, Jeff Beck, BB King, etc.) Others do of course. ( Paul Simon, Donald Fagen, Joe Walsh, etc.) It really comes down to your goals and what you want to do with it.

If you aspire to play in an orchestra, teach music or be a studio musician then you will want to be an excellent sight reader. If you want to be the next Bob Dylan (or Bob Seger for that matter) then you probably don’t want to spend your time looking at sheet music.

I don’t think it’s good to put people in a box and we all have our own path to walk. In the music industry you have a wide range of individuals. (Let’s say for arguments sake) On the extreme right we have very studious and even pedantic individuals. On the far left the most raw punk, country or blues musician you can think of. (probably more interested in the construction of a song or the recording process than learning their Mixolydian scale and an equally challenging task at times)

At the end of the day, I think it’s important to find joy in what you are doing. Learn what you can and say something from the heart. And remember kids, playing one gig is equal to a weeks worth of practice.


About chrisfloyd1

Chris Floyd is an American Singer, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He has recorded with: Grammy winning Producer: Scott Mathews (John Hiatt, Rodney Crowell, Chuck Prophet, etc.) Engineer/Producer: Tom Leukens. (Kronos Quartet, Metallica, Sammy Hagar etc.) Engineer/ Producer: Dave Pensado. (The Black Eyed Peas, Elton John, Jamiroquai, etc.) Engineer/Producer/Multi-Instrumentalist: Scott Nuebert (Hal Ketchum, Trace Adkins) His songs have been licensed globally and were featured in the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. Chris Floyd has performed with: Gary Allen (J.J. Cale) Roger Miller (Oak Ridge Boys) Dave Payton ( Mylon Lefevre) Jay Weaver ( Dolly Parton ) Eric Heatherly, Randy Delay (Georgia Satellites) Rob Lumbard (Two Bobs and a Babe) T.J. Erhardt (The Nace Brothers) and Charles Williams. ( Col Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit) Chris explains, “I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and back in the day, I bought this bass from Peter Stroud (guitarist for Sheryl Crow and Don Henley) and took his advice. Go west young man! I headed out to the Midwest and got a ton of playing experience.” Released: Floyd Mercy: 'Tiki Town Sessions' 2000 (Producers: Scott Mathews & Chris Floyd a.k.a Floyd Mercy) 2007 Produced Ronny Criss, 'Mercy Mechanics.’ April 2009 Chris Floyd released ‘For the love of the game’ and 'Nashville Co-writes: Songs of Chris Floyd, Ronny Criss, and Rebecca Hosking.' 2010 released 'Gravity & Divinity', 'Sightseeing', and 'It's the Holiday' remaster single. 2011 released: 'Momentary Zen', 'The Comeback Kid', and 'Tiki Town Sessions.' (with bonus tracks) It's all for the love of the game.
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