I wondered what the consensus was on the subject of Degree vs. Natural talent and personal study.
My name is Scott Jones, professional musician from St. Louis, MOhttp://www.scottjonesmusic.com
I am self-taught, know my theory and have had quite an interesting and lucrative career as a guitarist/arranger/
I know many with Degrees who lack the street smarts of the real gigging world. I know self-taught guys that have a musical depth not found in textbooks or classrooms.
I know professors who are revolutionary thinkers and players in all contexts.
Does it come down to "you either have 'it' or not" ?
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