Musicians who can’t read sheet music
Michael Jackson -
Though he was singing from a young age, Michael Jackson reportedly never learned to read music!
Lionel Richie -
The hitmaker reportedly learned to play piano by watching his grandmother play, picking up notes by ear, but never learning how to read or write music.
Elvis Presley - He never had any formal musical training, only a natural inclination, and thus never wrote his songs down.
Eric Clapton -
Instead of formally learning the theory, Clapton learned guitar by listening to blues music repeatedly until he could match his playing to what he heard.
Taylor Swift -
“I would not have majored in music because when music becomes technical for me I don’t like that part of it,” she told the outlet in 2009. “I can’t read music.
In an interview, Slash shared: “No, I can’t read music, I play by ear. I try to make what I hear (sometimes just in my head) come out my hands into the guitar.”
Stevie Wonder -
Of course Stevie Wonder has been blind essentially his whole life, but he never learned to read braille music either.
Kurt Vile -
Indie legend Kurt Vile, the former lead guitarist of rock band The War on Drugs, reportedly taught himself how to play at age 17 without any theory.
Noel Gallagher -
Despite having written an array of hits for his band Oasis, Noel Gallagher admitted to Rolling Stone that he can’t read music
Prince is one of the most beloved and prolific musicians of his era, and despite knowing how to play 27 instruments, he reportedly couldn’t read sheet music.