A few threads have been posted regarding this topic but none of them have rooted, sprouted, and flourished so I'm gonna take a crack at it.
Do you think there are fewer musicians today who are taking the time to learn (at least basic) music theory? How does this effect the music they produce? Is music theory important? At least beneficial? Does music theory kill the magic of music for you or increase it?
I'd love to hear from various people with various levels of music theory knowledge and various opinions about how this effects their music.
Personally, I don't know how many musicians in the 60's, 70's, 80's etc knew music theory, but I think there are a lot of bands and musicians out there today with little to no music theory knowledge.
I think it is unnecessary to know it to be a good musician, yet I think for many people it enriches their music composition and relationship to their music. It does for me. Other people may experience the opposite. I think that stems from the fact that there are certain "rules" you learn early in mt education that are very obviously broken in music everywhere. It can be kind of frustrating because you're thinking, "this is not a real rule!" But once you learn the "rules" you learn the most effective ways of breaking them. You just have to get over that hump or embrace it.
what do you guys think?