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Paul McCartney Can’t Read Music Because His Lessons Were ‘Sheer Torture’

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Paul McCartney became one of the most successful musicians of all time without the ability to read or write music. He’s not alone in this — many popular artists can’t read or write music, including his Beatles bandmates. Unlike some of them, though, McCartney took music lessons growing up. While he had the opportunity to learn to read music, he explained that his lessons were so torturous that he couldn’t continue with them. 

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Paul McCartney can’t read music

McCartney’s father was also a musician, and McCartney often asked him to teach him to play piano. He refused, saying that he needed a professional teacher.