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Music is GREAT - Part 2

Richard's musical journey continues with the opening night of Aida at the Royal Albert Hall. Then it's off to Southampton to find out how great British music is entertaining and helping people from all walks of life.  

Task 1

In what order does Richard do these things?


Task 2

Put the places with their description.


Task 3

Put the two parts of the sentence together.


Task 4

Fill the space with the right preposition.




Language level

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2


I was very fond of rock music years ago. I used to listen rock and indie bands (Nirvana, Bush, Placebo...) when I was a teenager. I started to play guitar quite late, I was maybe 17, but I improved quickly. Some friends asked me to join their garage band as a bass player and.....that day I felt like a big rockstar. Anyway, after three years of unpaid exhibition, the bend split up and each member went along his own university carreer. But the love for music never ends

Unfortunately I am not a musically gifted person, or my talent has not been discovered yet.
As a teen I had tried many times to take up playing the guitar, but at that point of my life I didn`t have time management skills and I was a study nerd so I didn`t have time for training enough then I failed it.

It is really, really awesome to be musically gifted. Some people are just born with it, and some like me (forever wishes) to have this talent. I remember when I was young, I was singing a lot. At school, at neighborhood parties, and I was joining singing competitions in the community too! (Perhaps, they were only tolerating me because I was only a kid who's singing her heart out). I also played piano when I was young. My uncle has a grand piano at their house, where I learned how to play simple melodies and I can still play (up to this date) those songs like: Mary had a little Lamb, Doe a deer, Twinkle, twinkle little star, and of course Happy Birthday. Unfortunately, I never really had formal piano or singing lessons, maybe because it was really not my interest at that age. Still, even if I'm not musically gifted, my love for music will forever be part of me.

Oh, how can I make this sentence right?
? Only if you count listening to music a talent have I got some.
? Only if you count listening to music a talent, otherwise my talent is quite close to ~~~~~ zero.
Only if has already got the meaning of otherwise, hasn't it? so maybe it is not good to repeat the same meaning twice in a sentence.

Anyway, moving on. I learned to play a Pipa when I was a kid, just to find out that my fingers are clumsy. Many years later when I tried Flappy Bird, I rediscovered it! However, determined not to let this getting in my way, I really tried to learn piano later in my life. Guess what the result is. Now we've got a very expensive deserted piano sitting in the living room. But who knows, I might become a guitarist someday.

Hello NewAgeEnglish,

In this example, 'only if' means that the statement is true or correct under a certain condition:

Only if you count listening to music as a talent = Provided that you count listening to music as a talent


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello teachers,

There is one mistake in the transcript at 3:01 that I am quite sure about when Richard says "to find musical talent" insted of "to find music talent". That make a sense because it is an adjective instead of a noun.
But in the next sentence there is a quite similar example that says "there is a music project..." Is it wrong?
What is the difference between music and musical? Am I right about above mentioned or I am completely wrong. All the best

Hi andeo,

That's a great catch and you're absolutely right: he says 'musical talent', not 'music talent'. 'music project' is indeed correct because it's a compound noun, i.e. two nouns put together that form a single idea. 'music' is a noun, but acts somewhat like an adjective by qualifying 'project'. There are quite a lot of compound nouns in English; it takes time and patience to learn them, as most of the time it's really just a question of convention (i.e. use) whether an adjective is used before a noun or if a compound noun is used. That is the case here.

Thanks very much for letting us know about the mistake in the Transcript. I've already corrected it – thanks to you, LearnEnglish is a bit better now! We're grateful for your contribution.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I'd like to music specially Britain. Already I have good collection in 1970 songs

Go Richard! Playing the piano-I think. Well, I only tried playing a musical instrument as well as singing even in my childhood years; sadly, my musical career didn’t not boost 

"Seeing the audience's reaction, I think, to walking in for the first time ". I' ve got a question regarding the use of the verb TO WALK. Why is it that you used TO WALKING ? I found strange the gerund here. Is there a rule I neglect ? THanks a lot