Re: It's official...you don't need to read music
I'm a reader. A basic reader, but I have the capability and get better when I practice.
I'm not saying for a second that reading music is a bad thing - or that it should be discouraged. But is it entirely necessary? I really don't think it is. Let's take the example of The Beatles again - some great theory going on there, particularly with their use of harmonies and the way that the harmonies underpinned the melody so effectively. Did any of them 'understand' the language of music? No. And I agree, that reading music and understanding theory can make life easier for the jobbing musician - I'd be crazy to suggest otherwise.
But it simply is the case that a lot of artists meeting with great success do NOT read music. Why is that? Is the question we should be asking.