Sam Spoons wrote:I doubt that music theory is the key to his talent......
Then what is?
People have been making wonderful music that touches the soul for hundreds of years, many have never heard of 'music theory'. Outside of Churches and 'classical' music, music is an oral tradition. People learned by listening and singing/playing trying to emulate the sounds they were moved by. That is the fundamental element for all good musicians regardless of genre or training. They all learned from what went before and, if they had the talent, took it somewhere else.
Many of the best, most original, innovative musicians in the World have no knowledge of music theory and many others have come to that knowledge after the fact. I suspect the number that have become brilliant musos purely because they learned music theory is vanishingly small. JC would still have that talent if he didn't even know the names of the notes let alone the theory of harmony. Either way he has undoubtedly spent a lot of time and effort listening to others and absorbing what they do before.
I quite liked the first clip but there's nothing particularly innovative in that last one. sorry, it's just a bit bland. This is much nicer to my ears https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ2OKoLpNBM