Originally posted by sid:
Not very nice Bryan. I don't understand people who feel it necessary to put down music other people enjoy and have worked very hard to play.
You sound like a real pro, perhaps you should stick to the pianist corner where many others share your profound grasp of musical knowledge and incomparable technical virtuosity...and leave the ABF to us struggling incompetent adult beginners who obviously can't tell good music from bad.
Thank you for gracing us with your brilliant insight and understanding of music. I abase myself before your god-like musical knowledge and experience.
Of course, I was only trying to get back to where I feel most comfortable: on the outside, with a low rating. Sociopaths like it this way.
I deserve a response for my jab at the "rhythmless." It was out of place, yes.
I can't decide what my motivation was. Maybe I needed to prop myself above others. Maybe I believe that, from my own, limited, experience, to put so much effort into one style would limit me. My sour mood aside, I think it's the latter.
I could relate my own experience with attempting, too early, to learn pieces beyond me. I could state that being instructed by a teacher has enabled me to move past my silly self-imposed limits and dreams and shown that with necessary work, I can play all those things I thought were my upper-limit pieces. I could state that I tried working on new-age songs and spent just as long learning them as some here have when it all was a waste. I think that nobody wants to know what I think.
I have heard stories here about disabled people who have finally followed their dreams. I have heard stories about busy moms and the elderly who can say they are pianists. This is all cool.
However, this constant praising of these new-age composers, I think, establishes a pattern. This took me astray for a few months. It seems to have locked onto others here more deeply.
I suppose I am different. I am not satisfied with spending four months learning a piece when I can spend that time practicing technique and reading notation so that in a year or so, I have the ability to learn in one sitting, what would have taken me months.
I just don't understand when I hear people say "I don't have the time to practice scales when I can just learn this beautiful music, which ONLY took me three months to memorize." Maybe others can learn through osmosis but I couldn't.
There are so many sour-grapes here I can barely keep quiet.
Of course, there's also the adage: "A little learning's a dangerous thing." I might know too little.