@Twilightlord saying “I’m pretty sure we’d established Scoots couldn’t sing, and she sure did there.”
(So I don’t know how to chop up quotes properly, so what?)
Well, Scootaloo may not have been able to sing before; however, theoretically, any pony can learn to do a talent they aren’t good at, until they become quite proficient at it.
The difference between those learned skills, and their special talents is that the special talents require no learning process to know how to perform the same results as learned skills. And more importantly, when they put extra effort into learning to get the most out of their talent, they can break the known boundaries of ability.
As such, Scootaloo may have learned from Sweetie Belle how to sing. Sweetie Belle seems to have it as a talent, so its not unreasonable. (Although, arguably, Sweetie belle is more of a composer and lyricist.)
Now this calls for some in depth… Just so we’re clear on learned skills vs special talents.
Compare, using the skill of “Magic” as an example:
Rarity: If she tried hard enough, she could probably learn to cast a large number of spells, and perform powerful ones. But it would take her years of study. Rivaling Twilight Sparkle would be hard, but not impossible if she had enough time.
Twilight Sparkle: She can perform powerful acts of magic with little effort, in fact, she first does it as a knee jerk reaction. However, she does seem to have trouble with a few spells that involve more complex knowledge of other subjects, such as transmutation, which probably requires knowledge on Chemistry. (Which is a reason she may be studying so hard at… everything. So her ability to perform magic isn’t hampered by lack of natural skill in other subjects.)
Of course, this all does make me wonder; is Pumpkin Cake the next magical prodigy? Having magic as a special talent? She does come to use magic a little too easily.
I was really surprised that apple bloom didn’t get her cutie mark upon seeing scootaloo’s oily imprint of a wrench. You’d think that would be a memo to check herself.
…And… you know. I kinda suspect Applebloom’s talent is like… making stuff. Like a mechanic or something. Either that or art. But a mechanist is more in line with what my comic will need from her.
(Which reminds me, one week left of College work before I can get back to my comic.)