I have seen people who can play instruments well, but can't:
- Read sheet music.
- Do not know anything about music theory.
- Do not know the structures or rhythms of sound, acoustics, or the such.
I have, on the other hand, studied music theory for a few days/weeks now, multitude of hours (dedication put in, yes), practiced on piano playing software (I can't afford instruments) that mimics horns, drums, guitars, etc. I even tried other interactive, software-powered musical programs.
All in all, I have tried digital piano keyboards ... I can't seem to "create" music, and I have loads of trouble "understanding" how to play well.
The best I've done is play "twinkle, twinkle, little star", and some of "The London bridge is falling down".
I want to be able to play songs well that I like, and one day (possibly) create my own small music/songs. However, I am puzzled at how some people lacking obvious knowledge of music theory in all angles can adapt and formulate tones, music, and rhythmatics from existing songs, etc.
I have a brother who does just this ... never had a good piano lesson, never studied in any way, shape, form, etc. Give him a guitar, piano, etc., and he can play well, just from the fact that he has experience playing.
I have tried "just playing" without knowing the instruments, but I can virtually never play good music; not of any kind. Is there a secret or something?
Why can some "just learn" music without learning theory well, etc.? Is this dependent solely on the person's brain? Should I throw the towel and just admit this isn't for me?