I wouldn't go so far as to call myself a "GOOD" musician, and I can't jam for sh*t.... but I do feel that being taught to sight-read at a very young age actually hindered my development, because I was so focused on READING and not enough on FEELING (which includes hearing). But that may just be ME. So I kind of do the opposite now... I don't have a real professional musician mentality... I have a rock mentality. I think the other thing sight-reading does, is it tells you a certain way to play something. Like, if I want to play a song, I want to play a song MY WAY. Not the RIGHT WAY. Again, that's a philosophy thing, but ultimately, if you want to be a songWRITER (which I am) I think it's the way to go. You can still play along with people, if you can count, and if you learn notes/positions and chords. My favorite rock musicians are very unique guitar players. And I have become that way myself. NO ONE would hire me in their band. But I've taken that and run with it... again... just ME. Other people, REAL MUSICIANS... can play music as directed. But I just love the child mind, the mind that wonders "what can I do with this that sounds good to ME???" not "what am I SUPPOSED to do with this?" That to me, is the essence of rock and roll. Child mind + rule breaking. Erika ----------------- Martin Burns wrote: > And *every* good musician is a listener first and foremost.