Paul McCartney is a multi-talented musician. Not only does he know how to sing, but he also plays several instruments, including guitar and piano. However, Paul McCartney says he never really felt like a proper musician until his time with the Beatles.
Paul McCartney learned to be a musician at a young age
McCartney grew up in a working-class family in Liverpool, England. He developed a love for music as a child, especially when rock n’ roll started to catch on in their town. While the “Live and Let Die” singer wouldn’t learn guitar until his teens, he had a piano in his house that he learned to play. In an interview with Wired, McCartney talks about how he learned to play the piano.
“[My dad] said, “You have to take proper courses,” McCartney recalled. “So, I took proper lessons and I couldn’t really get into it because the music I was hearing in my head… I couldn’t do that. Now, you know, I think kids are learning, keep going. I don’t want to tell you not to, but I could never get used to it. I kind of taught myself. I just picked chords on the piano. It was when I was about 14 years old. »
Paul McCartney finally felt ‘like a real musician’ with the Beatles
In an interview on his website, Paulmccartney.com, McCartney revealed the first time he felt like a real musician. The British artist said his idea of musicians came mainly from radio and television. However, when Paul McCartney was with the Beatles, the band performed on TV shows where there were orchestras doing the theme. He said working with people in the orchestra is when he felt like a “real musician”.
“Well, at first my idea of what a real musician was came from radio or television shows. As a band, we normally played in clubs and did our own thing, without taking ourselves too seriously. Then if we got to something like the BBC for a radio show – or more often a TV show – there would be an orchestra doing the theme, and those were the real musicians. Those guys could even read the music I think once we were working with those kind of people, and they liked what we were doing and I felt like we were playing well, that’s when I started to feel like a real musician myself.
McCartney is one of the most successful musicians of all time
Whether he feels like a real musician or not doesn’t matter because Paul McCartney is one of the most successful musicians of all time, even outside of the Beatles. McCartney had numerous number one hits, including “Band on the Run”, “Say Say Say”, “Ebony and Ivory”, “Silly Love Songs”, and “With a Little Luck”.
Several of his albums also charted well, such as Runaway group, Venus and Mars, RAM, McCartneyand Wings over America. He continues to make music today and performs to sold-out crowds.
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