Its one of my pet peeves. And it happens all the time. “You teach guitar? I wish that I was musical, but I’m completely tone deaf.”
Not even close.
If you’ve had this conversation, you are not tone deaf. In fact “tone deafness” is a remarkably rare affliction and is usually accompanied by a host of other problems which would make “normal living” an impossibility.
If you can decipher a normal conversation, you are not tone deaf.
And, if you’re not tone deaf, you are overflowing with musical potential.
All that anyone needs to become musical is time and effort… (and a teacher). I am convinced that anyone – yes, ANYONE – can learn to play an instrument well enough to enjoy playing – and have others enjoy listening, if they are willing to invest the time and effort.
Of course, the best time to start learning music is as a small child, but the next best time is right now. So if you’ve been telling yourself that you don’t have what it takes to be musical, I’m telling you to get over it. Like the commercial says – if you want to be musical, then start being musical.