"I’m glad I never learned how to read music or anything about theory. It makes my music more honest."
Lots of people think that way. Let’s see how well this sentiment holds up by applying the same logic elsewhere.
"I’m glad I never learned how to read or anything about the English language. It makes my writing more honest."
Still not convinced?
"I’m glad I never learned civil engineering or anything about math. It makes my bridge building more honest."
How about one more.
"I’m glad I never learned medicine or anything about biology. It makes my pediatric practice more honest."
You get it now? If you love music then LEARN music. Yes, that means you, guitarist who obstinately refuses to learn how to read music. Yes, that means you, singer who doesn’t know the names of the notes you sing. Yes, that means you, percussionist whose sole education in rhythm is from drum circles. I promise 100% that it will not make you a sell out, will not make your music sound complicated and weird, and will not rob you of any of your authenticity. Those people you admire and cite endlessly every time I bring this up learned to play great music IN SPITE of the fact that they never learned theory, not BECAUSE of the fact they never learned theory.