So here is something I have been thinking about. I got talking to one guy some weeks ago about instruments and I have mentioned that I play the bass. His response was something akin to 'i wish I was that talented'. Being talented... I don't think having talent is a thing. I think with practice, repetition, studying and playing you can be as skilled at music and playing and instrument as anyone else. I was watching an interview with Jaco Pastorius and he said that he was born with "it", and you know, maybe he was... But then he said he spent hours upon hours just practicing and playing and studying. I personally do not believe in talent, it's just work. I would say that I do not have any ability that I have had when I was born, instead I practice and put the hours in and eventually i get better. The whole concept of being talented and someone telling me that I am talented is lowkey insulting because it implies that I havent worked hard for my ability to play, which I have. Do you share similar views on this? Or do you believe something else? Thanks!