Jshermannospam 2008-08-20 11:28:47
This post of Nick’s got buried down in the Technique thread and I’m
re-posting it here because its just so d*** good. Hope he doesn’t
I think that is a good observation (well worth a dime, anyway ;-), and
goes for all kinds of players. I’ve been too busy to follow this
thread in its entirety, but I’ll add my two Canadian cents as well.
Both elitism (you must read music, and play tunes by respected dead
white people) and reverse snobbery (technique is not necessary; only
feeling counts; people who can read music don’t have any folk cred),
to me, appear to be defensive statements. The former may belittle all
kinds of non-approved music in order to elevate oneself, the latter
may defend complacency and laxity. A pretty safe gauge is who’s made
out to look better in statements like these; but I think both kinds
can be safely disregarded.
An interesting question is: Why are some guys that defensive?
Generally, I find I get defensive on two occasions. 1) I feel
someone’s questioning or attacking me; 2) I feel guilty about
something I did or feel I should have done, and didn’t.
Option 1 is a smokescreen. If I’m at peace with what I am, do, or
know I don’t care, and don’t mind if I’m being questioned or attacked.
Questions can be answered reasonably and without anxiety or anger; and
attacks have more to do with the attacker than with me.
For me, that leaves option 2. Maybe I need to defend my own elitism,
or need to appear elevated above the Great Unwashed (rmmgu), or my
mistaking a ‘noble aim’ for my noble personality (much like the
acquisition of books may be mistaken for actually having read and
understood them; or owning an expensive, hand-made quality guitar for
being a decent guitar player). Maybe I need to defend I’ve been
slacking off, I’ve set other priorities, and have been greasing by a
few chords and that most elusive ‘feeling’ that apparently makes up
for my sloppiness.
In any case, to me it would seem it’s got nothing to do with music, or
with the good (for myself and others) that comes from playing an
instrument, or with any actual, real-life issues at hand; just another
neurotic pastime, really. Five minutes of honest observation and
contemplation about why I actually play the guitar, and what areas of
my musicability currently have particular room for improvement are
time spent better, more constructive, productive, and likely with
actual results. The other stuff is just circles of insecurity,
repeated ever so often on newsgroups, and a fantastic waste
What on earth do I care what some guy I’ve never met in Saskatoon or
Idaho or whatever thinks about who’s the better guitar player, or why
his style of music is superior to mine, or other reasons why he’s
agreat guy, and I am a b***?
If I continue to fall for this nonsense, I’ll have really that much
more missed practice to feel bad about. I’ve got work to do.
Really, I do! Later,
Cesuraspam 2008-08-20 11:29:13
Another high point of that thread was the Roy Rogers link, also
contributed by Nick Naffin. See below (edited for brevity).
Roy Rogers. See http://www.guitargal.com/RoyRogers.html.
Nick naffin 2008-09-02 02:25:28
I am repuged. I only have to mention the word ‘b***’, and Sherm reposts
it right away. 🙂
Nick naffin 2008-09-02 02:25:32
Good to meet a fellow mapleposter here. We’ll try to set something up
for Naffin & Wright in the Kingston area later this year – maybe we can meet
in person then?
Top of the toque to ya,
Jim graham 2008-09-02 02:25:42
That would be great, e-mail me for sure(and I’ll probably see it on one of
the lists as well),
Nick naffin 2008-09-07 01:50:45
Sorry for the late reply; my newsreader didn’t catch your post.
As to your message, actually I’m a part-time publicist, not analyst. It
could be argued that in my line of work any proclivity towards the latter
may in fact be counterproductive. Among a good many other reasons this, in
turn, might help explain why many publicists are cynics, and if indeed found
anywhere near psychotherapy (after all, ‘confession without absolution’, as
Schopenhauer called it), then more likely on the couch than in the chair.
Fortunately, someone else has already catalogued a list of prevalent
symptoms and disorders: