Tuesday, January 5, 2010

How the Beatles Became World-Class

By David J P Smith

It is no secret that the Beatles are one of the greatest and most influential bands of all time. The fact that they came at a time when they did (during the early 1960's) makes this even more astounding, as they literally created a kind of music that had never been heard before.

Part of their success was down to all four members of the band (Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney) being so incredibly talented. This meant that (as well as singing beautifully) they all wrote songs, meaning that their albums were more diverse and interesting than if one member had written all of the songs (this also gave them more of a lasting ability since they didn't get 'burnt out' through writing too many songs).

But how did they get to become such amazing musicians, songwriters and performers? Were they born this way, or was it something that they learnt and honed over time?

Upon reading Malcolm Gladwell's 'Outliers: The Story of Success' I have since come to realise that it takes around 10,000 hours to become what you might call world class (i.e. the best or as good as the best in the world) in any field or trade. This rule applies to music (as it does with everything), so it comes as no surprise to find out that the Beatles spent much of their early career playing music for 8 hours a day, 7 days a week in clubs in Hamburg. Over the course of a year they played around 10,000 hours, which was almost certainly the start of their amazing success.

David has been writing articles for nearly 4 years. Come visit his latest website at http://www.full-size-headboards.com/ which helps people find the best twin bed frames. 

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