Is there still such a thing like instrumentalist snobbery around?

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hhuang9611
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284 posts since 1 Mar, 2018 from USA

Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:57 am

I am still at college, not majoring in music tho, and I have a classmate (also non-music major) who despises anyone who cannot play a piano when it comes to music. For himself, he has been playing it for about ten years, tho with some gaps. As far as I can tell, he is a good piano player, for hobbyist. But I am afraid I cannot say that he is close to professional level, yet he always acts like one.

I was kind of annoyed when he dismissed the instruments I play (drums, harmonica and trumpet). He said only piano can be considered as a real instrument. (Seriously???) And when I told him that I am now more into electronic music and producing my own tracks, he said this was like a joke, anyone can easily do it. I was pissed off, really, this person doesn't even understand music theory beyond basic keys and simple triads. He plays piano just according to the music sheet he gets. I doubt that he can easily compose. And, eq, compressor, delay and reverb are like strange nonsense words to him. I mean, sure he can learn all these if he would like to, but I don't feel okay that he can despise something he barely knows anything about.

Later, I bought him a (cheap) harmonica to let him show me how EASY this "can-not-be-considered-as-an-instrument" instrument is. After a week, he gave up and said that this instrument is monophonic (which is not so true if one knows the techniques), so boring, so harsh sounding that he would rather not bother practicing it when he has piano. He can stick to his story, but I guess he gave up because he could not even manage to play the ABC Song. This guy has zero experience (and zero respect) with mouthpiece instrument, no wonder it sounded so boring and harsh to him.

I finally stopped him from dismissing my music stuff by sending him a short piano track I made on my laptop. After listening, he said,"is that all you got? pfft, I can do much better than that. Give me your music sheet." (Obviously, he did not even know what a midi clip is) Next time I visited him, I asked if he might want to show me how easily my track was made. He said he did not have time for this, he just got some new songs he wanted to practice on. Fine, he can stick to his stories but since then, whenever we talk about music again, he would not show too much disrespect towards my music stuff like before.
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Bombadil
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1865 posts since 31 Aug, 2013 from The Schwarzwald of My Mind

Re: Is there still such a thing like instrumentalist snobbery around?

Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:05 am

Why do you feel you have anything to prove to him? He is an insecure child.
“Not all who wander are lost.”


J.R.R. Tolkien

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Aloysius
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22088 posts since 11 Aug, 2008 from a computer

Re: Is there still such a thing like instrumentalist snobbery around?

Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:12 am

My guitar is a snob. It won't let anyone play it but me.
I didn't get where I am today ...

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thecontrolcentre
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23022 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

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Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:30 am

Aloysius wrote:My guitar is a snob. It won't let anyone play it but me.
It says that to everyone ... :hihi:

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vurt
addled muppet weed
37217 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

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Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:37 am

thecontrolcentre wrote:
Aloysius wrote:My guitar is a snob. It won't let anyone play it but me.
It says that to everyone ... :hihi:
:hihi:

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herodotus
KVRAF
5468 posts since 8 Dec, 2004 from The Twin Cities

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Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:09 am

vurt wrote:
thecontrolcentre wrote:
Aloysius wrote:My guitar is a snob. It won't let anyone play it but me.
It says that to everyone ... :hihi:
:hihi:

Are there any songs about a guitar who just won't be true? Or perhaps taking your guitar down to the river and killing it with a shotgun?

And if not, WHY not? Seems like a fruitful theme for a talented raconteur.

Or perhaps for a rousing effort from the kvr collective. :band2:

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vurt
addled muppet weed
37217 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Is there still such a thing like instrumentalist snobbery around?

Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:39 pm

damn. i didn't shoot mine down by the river, i drowned her in the swamp :(
no one will write songs about me now :cry:

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vurt
addled muppet weed
37217 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Is there still such a thing like instrumentalist snobbery around?

Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:39 pm

yes, all my guitars are female.
synths are male.

do not ask me why. it just is.

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herodotus
KVRAF
5468 posts since 8 Dec, 2004 from The Twin Cities

Re: Is there still such a thing like instrumentalist snobbery around?

Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:54 pm

vurt wrote:yes, all my guitars are female.
synths are male.

do not ask me why. it just is.
No, it should be formatted:


all my guitars are female
female
female
female

all my guitars are female
synths are male.
all my guitars are female
synths are male.

don't ask me why
don't ask me why
don't ask me why

it just is


You just wrote the lyrics for a new Big Black song.

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vurt
addled muppet weed
37217 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Is there still such a thing like instrumentalist snobbery around?

Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:58 pm

:band2:

nordickvr
KVRian
920 posts since 29 Sep, 2013

Re: Is there still such a thing like instrumentalist snobbery around?

Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:37 pm

vurt wrote: :band2:
Drums - 8.9
Guitare - 9.5
Vocal - 7
Bass - 9.2

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donkey tugger
Boss Lovin' DR
4719 posts since 15 Mar, 2002 from the grimness of yorkshire

Re: Is there still such a thing like instrumentalist snobbery around?

Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:51 pm

nordickvr wrote:
vurt wrote: :band2:
Drums - 8.9
Guitare - 9.5
Vocal - 7
Bass - 9.2
:lol:

I can't believe the hypocrisy. :x :hihi:

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vurt
addled muppet weed
37217 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Re: Is there still such a thing like instrumentalist snobbery around?

Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:10 pm

:lol: oh my f**k that's funny!

low_low
KVRist
362 posts since 20 Jul, 2018

Re: Is there still such a thing like instrumentalist snobbery around?

Post Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:00 pm

None of that &^%$ runs on linux ..

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IncarnateX
KVRAF
3190 posts since 25 Jan, 2009 from Forgotten Realms

Re: Is there still such a thing like instrumentalist snobbery around?

Post Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:02 pm

Hey Americans
You live in a big country and I guess it is hard to get an overview but do you actually have universities in which modern and classical music is taught side by side and given so, would it include taking analytical approaches to such genres a Trance, Techno and EDM in varous forms? Could you make a thesis within such subjects?

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