tapper mike wrote:Here is the thing. Some people think they can supplant experience or talent with knowledge and quite frankly that's impossible. A little bit of talent can wither on the vine quickly if it's not nurtured through practice and understanding.
I've seen quite a number of people with some potential who haven't gone anywhere musically because they are so obsessed with what little skills they have that they refuse to advance them thru dedication to the instrument.
I've also seen people with very little talent at the beginning persevere with dedication and practice who play and write to their fullest potential because they have the dedication to make it happen.
Theory is not an ends it's a means. Having theory under your belt doesn't mean you'll be able to do anything. To believe that simply understanding theory will somehow give you the ability to create something is fallacy. Rhythm and emotive expression is not something one can attain by reading a forum post.
Jan and I have wildly different means and equally different ends. The one thing that we share is a dedication to the instrument to the act of physical performance. If you are not willing to commit yourself to the act of making music from a musicians dedication then your time and energies would best be in the pursuit of something else. You don't have to be able to write music to be complete as a person. There are plenty of self actualized adults who have never picked up and instrument and are quite content with themselves and the world around them. Some of them tried and discovered music wasn't for them.
Musicians accept that they are in it for the long haul. And are ready to climb every mountain. They make the time to better their abilities. They accept that not everything they write is going to be perfect first time out. They look for qualities in performance that they can admire and try to emulate. They strive to capture the character of the work instead of simply going through the motions and hoping it will happen.
I ADMIT IT, I was told (I am not being nasty I just dont who the person is, (I mean he or she to refer to), so Ill go with He,) by him about various things and they are all absolutely true, I know a few things about chords and scales, but a pittance when compared to Jancivil. So naturally I assumed I knew enough to answer the "Why do we have scales Forum", what I know is satisfactory for me to write music as good as any other, but likewise I desire the knowledge as well as theory( I have the practise) in order to be able to write really deep pieces of music instead of the shallow 1 bassline, 1 chord, 1 drum beat, few shitty effects and 1 fill crap that you hear on the radio everyday with some nob telling you how hard they are and they will shoot you if you mess with them. The day I reach someones ability like Jancivils I will be a happy fellow, so I actually do have a deep respect there(
So, tis the learning books for me. When I first started Tapper Mike, I took everything way too personally, and you just have to realize who the people are and read into their posts more to get a good idea of who they are. I find KVR a very peculiar but extremely funny place and without all the Vurts, Jancivils, kriminals, Trickyloops, Bluedads, and all the others who names I cant remember it would be extremely dull. I currenty am having fun by answering posts with just a confused emoticon to wind people up but it does make me laugh. At the minute its tricky loops but I have been looking for new targets, Hmmmm