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    Default 11 Year Old Gibson Mandolin Endorser

    Another day, another reason to feel like a pathetic underachiever in life:

    https://bluegrasstoday.com/wyatt-ell...orsing-artist/

    Well, when you got it, you got it. Good for him, can't wait to hear what he's doing in 10 or 15 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rnjl View Post
    Another day, another reason to feel like a pathetic underachiever in life:

    https://bluegrasstoday.com/wyatt-ell...orsing-artist/

    Well, when you got it, you got it. Good for him, can't wait to hear what he's doing in 10 or 15 years.
    Couple of things;

    When you are named Wyatt, you can already pick when you are borned

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    It is how you hold your mouth when you do stuff
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    Congrats Wyatt! I've been doing Chris Henry's Monroe workshop with Wyatt and when we all take our turn performing the tune of the week, I just pray that I don't have to immediately follow him! He's a great kid and can already do some remarkable things on the mandolin!
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    Default Re: 11 Year Old Gibson Mandolin Endorser

    Quote Originally Posted by rnjl View Post
    Another day, another reason to feel like a pathetic underachiever in life:

    https://bluegrasstoday.com/wyatt-ell...orsing-artist/

    Well, when you got it, you got it. Good for him, can't wait to hear what he's doing in 10 or 15 years.
    What a disservice to chalk his talent up as “natural ability”....

    Congratulations Wyatt, you sound great. Your hard work is paying off.

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    Brian, I certainly didn't say anything about pure natural ability being the only reason this young man is getting an endorsement deal at 11. I do think it's undeniable that different human beings are good at different things, and many people will focus on the activities that come more easily to them, creating a positive feedback loop. All kinds of human talents aren't distributed equally, but you're also correct that hard work, focus and discipline count for a huge amount, in any endeavor.

    I think it was Jason Isbell who said that his real talent wasn't guitar, it was being able to practice 8 hours a day. I'm paraphrasing, that's not an exact quote, but it goes to what you are saying.

    On the other hand, Wyatt's mother, in the article, says he has perfect pitch. I do know other people who have very, very little ability to sing in tune, even if it's "Happy Birthday." Can they be trained to hear better? I'm sure they can, but it's not going to be as easy for them as for others.

    Nature vs nurture? The answer is of course: yes, both, all the time.

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    Sorry for the ambiguity Rjnl: my criticism was not directed at you but the BG today article that used the phrase.

    I’m not going to comment about Momma’s opinion. Props to her and her musical family.

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    Great playing ! At his age I only wanted to be a Hopalong Cassidy or Roy Rogers !

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    I worked with a training manager who used to say that if something comes to you easily, that’s talent. You should develop it and run with it. The American ethos is to put in endless hours of hard work that is often focused on the wrong thing.

    The perfect situation is when hard work and talent merge.

    It sure looks like it’s true in Wyatt’s case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Barnett View Post
    I worked with a training manager who used to say that if something comes to you easily, that’s talent. You should develop it and run with it. The American ethos is to put in endless hours of hard work that is often focused on the wrong thing.

    The perfect situation is when hard work and talent merge.

    It sure looks like it’s true in Wyatt’s case.
    I agree, Wyatt has both !!

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    Brian, I think we're in agreement. I'm just amazed the kid has a deal with Gibson at 11.

    I'm 54 and I couldn't get a deal with Rover or Rogue mandolins.

    They'd pay me to play some OTHER brand.

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