I was reading a post on another forum the other day that was kind of pessimistic, but there was an interesting question posed. There was a organist on the Hauptwerk forum who more or less said some people are born with keyboard playing ability and the rest... aren't. Here's a clip from it:
Over these past few years I have often felt like I may have reached the limit of what I can, in fact, achieve. Scientific research in recent years has shown that people's ability to sight-read music is largely limited by their working memory capacity, something which most scholars currently believe to be unchangeable. So once you reach a certain point, no more improvement is possible. I also have come to the conclusion that there may be certain mechanical limitations in the anatomy of my hands that prevent technical ability progressing beyond a certain point (this one is probably more dubious).
The thread in its entirety here:http://forum.hauptwerk.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=12393
Any thoughts here? I wish this lad by the name of cdekter would cite the scientific research. But I have to wonder why it is some people can just look at sheet music and play it quite faithfully on the first reading. What I typically hear is that practice makes perfect, but to be perfectly honest, I don't see myself ever being a very good amateur. I just see myself as being average and though I don't like making excuses I think the "bio-architecture" of my brain or whatever it is so called is to blame.
Sorry if this is dismal talk. This is the kind of pitiful mood I get into because I sold my piano.