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MTed Musical prodigy vs.Hard workers (56* d) RE: Musical prodigy vs.Hard workers 15 Dec 99


Joan,

When I started to teach, I went back and talked to a bunch of my old folkie friends, mostly to find out why they didn't play anymore--they all told me basically the same thing--that as time went by, they started listening to different music that the kind they had learned to play, and they couldn't make the transition--

I told my students that playing the guitar meant being able to do what you wanted to do with it--if you didn't want to do anything, and you didn't know how to do anything, you were a perfect musician--if you knew what you wanted to do, you could learn easily, but if you didn't know what you wanted to do, no matter how many scales or chords or whatever you could play, you had nothing--

As to the electric music, it is perfectly possible for a single player to play all that stuff, it just sounds different amplified, and unaccompanied--furthermore, I would even say there is a lot of question about what really even would be "Traditional" guitar--given that the closed position, flat or plectrum picked rhythm/lead playing that emerged in the 50's and 60's had really been used in popular American Music since the 20's and had been used, particularly in Italian, Portugese, and Spanish Music for a long time before that--

Rick,

I thought that Freddie had played one of those Gibson Super 500's at one point, as well--


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