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Old 03-24-2015, 10:57 AM   #51
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All great musicians are all highly intelligent, from what I know.
I got to hear Jimmy Page speak at the graduation at Berklee in Boston...
I will argue your statement all day long...
He put away a prewritten speach to do his own.... BAD MOVE!
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Old 03-24-2015, 02:39 PM   #52
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I got to hear Jimmy Page speak at the graduation at Berklee in Boston...
I will argue your statement all day long...
He put away a prewritten speach to do his own.... BAD MOVE!
I don't think public speaking ability necessarily determines intelligence.

If it did I'd be considered highly unintelligent
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Old 03-24-2015, 03:08 PM   #53
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I got to hear Jimmy Page speak at the graduation at Berklee in Boston...
I will argue your statement all day long...
He put away a prewritten speach to do his own.... BAD MOVE!
I agree that intelligence is not a prerequisite to musical accomplishment. Musical ability is a skill set and like other skill sets (athletic skill for example) does not require intelligence in a broader sense.
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Old 04-01-2015, 07:13 AM   #54
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They're all quite intelligent and hardworking I guess.
Plus imaginative and creative?
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:03 PM   #55
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Default intelligence?????

Intelligence has nothing to do with musicianship. The posts that point to practice are the most relevant in this discussion. Douglas adams the author posited a theory in "dirk gentlys holistic detective agency" that the part of the brain that works out the physics (mathematical equations) of how to catch a thrown object in a millisecond , for example, is the same part of the brain that deals with music, after all music is only a series of mathematical equations used to express complex human feelings and therefore everyone has this ability, whether they choose to perfect this is ruled only by circumstance and consequently practice. Great musicians are motivated whether by their own devices or by pushy parents or by luck etc etc . Every one of us are walking mozarts if we choose to be. Also this is totally subjective, we all know musical geniuses who are nowhere near being considered "great musicians" because they are not famous. Think about Yehoudi menuhin and stefan grapelli, one classically trained, the other a gypsy improviser whose admiration for each others abilities is well documented. They admired the qualities in each other which they themselves did not possess, but both had one thing in common, practice.
Dedication is another one word answer to this topic but it also just amounts to practice dressed up a different way. Although stackny`s post seems to be the most plausible, all things considered.

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Old 04-02-2015, 02:19 AM   #56
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Any multitude of factors can contribute to individual musicians known as "great," the common factor though is the ability to communicate emotions through your music. You don't hear your favorite songs, you feel them. At least that's my take.
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How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Turns out you have parents that payed there...
Corrected. When my son sang in Carnegie Hall I had to pay for his seat...I mean, he was singing on stage and I had to pay for his entrance!!!!!
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