Your point is very interesting, for me particularily because I only saw the « artistic legacy » point of view in this topic.rojarosguitar wrote: ↑Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:26 pmHmmm ... according to my humble understanding the concept of a 'lineage' comes in several places in the history and serves different purposes...
There are the blood lineages of of the 'nobility' which served the purpose of making sure you belonged to the right social group ( accidentally that one with political and economical power, at least in times when the lineage still was important).
In science and philosophy the lineage is a kind of legitimation of a certain prestige and also a means of securing a certain continuity of transmission of ideas (which came first depends on place and time). It was and is a door-opener in certain institutions...
Accidentally, in certain parts of Buddhism (maybe also other religious traditions) the 'lineage' was very important to make sure that a certain authenticity of the teachings and instructions was maintained.
In all these contexts the term 'lineage' shifted the assessment of quality away from the individual person to an institutionally granted guaranty.
Now, what purpose could that serve in music? You cant inherit the genes of Segovia or Bream or whomever people admire. So that aspect is irrelevant.
And having had a great teacher doesn't automatically make you a great player (or a worse player than him/her, for that matter). So the sociological function of quoting a lineage can only be to enhance one's chances within the field of competition in terms of prestige, income, positions etc.
And that reminds me of some subtle intercultural differences between « us » and « others » I noticed on several occasions. Historically , here in Quebec there was no nobility hierarchy when they founded the colony, to avoid the social issues they had in the Old World. Of course there were several other social issues - very strong and oppressive church, the english vs french tensions, etc, but the result is that people here generally does not care nor take pride of their ancestry lineage, and in the same way nobody would think to brag about being the student of a famous guitarist, here it would look quite weird LOL. Of course we have boasting people, but they boast about other issues. For example one could brag about how is playing has been prised by a reknown person, but not simply about being a student of a reknown person.
Just to make sure I am clear here, when I talk about intercultural differences it is in the very general way. For example there is one between generations, and I can testify there is a huge gap between my own mother and me, I often have to restrain myself to express my disaproval about her opinions... I described one aspect of the french-canadian society, which here may seem a positive one, but in no ways I consider we are better, we are just different, and we have our « dark sides »