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Stewart Honor the Tradition - article from Stewart H. (18) RE: Honor the Tradition - article from Stewart H. 05 Oct 14

Whether we like it or not, change is inevitable. The question is whether it is good or bad. Good change, in my opinion, builds upon what was there before - tradition - and shows respect for the past. And bad change ignores or is simply ignorant of what was there before.

As change happens, we hope things get better. We don't know what music sounded like 200 years ago before sound recordings, but I can imagine that some of it sounded pretty awful by today's standards. Musicianship has come a long way. The virtuosity of the current generation of young instrumentalists is pretty astounding; they have taken the techniques of the past and improved them to a level that few could achieve back then. On the other hand there is playing that sounds pretty god-awful because those players have no basis upon which to build their talent.

William Blake (1757-1827) wrote "The difference between a bad artist and a good one is the bad artist seems to copy a great deal; the good one really does copy a great deal."
Think about that!

Cheers, S. in Seattle

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