Reply to "Can Neil Read/Write Music?"

Well, I'm on Camus's side of this friendly debate. Yes, it's possible to be a good/great musician w/o being able to read/write music. However, I'd argue that you could be an even better musician (or at least a more versatile one) with that skill.

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i don't hand out sheet music and say "play this!" thats not what a band is meant to be.
OK, that's purely subjective. In particular, a band with one chief songwriter (like CH) would benefit greatly from being able to read/write music. For example, if Nick or Paul had to miss a concert, a replacement player could almost surely get up to speed much faster if he could read music.

The thing that really blows my mind (again, no offense) is that learning to read music is relatively easy. Well, I don't mean it's simple for everyone, but it's like riding a bike -- once you learn it, you''ll probably know how to do it forever. I just think the reward/effort ratio is so high (for most people) that just about everyone should be trying to learn.

Full disclosure: I can't play any instruments (although I am teaching myself guitar). However, I am a singer, and I can't stress enough how useful skills like reading, writing, and sight-reading are. Like Camus said, there are many times when it's not possible to listen to a song before you have to play/sing it -- particularly if you need to hear it more than once.

BTW, for some reason, I think I heard Stevie Wonder uses some kind of Braille system to read music. Don't ask me how (or where I heard it). I could be wrong.
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