Altophile wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:29 pm
It depends. Do you really want to know, or are you looking for an opportunity to ridicule, as so many seem wont to do?
In a world that pretends to offer opportunity but really presents a huge wall of obstacles, bickering, disagreement, dispute, one-upsmanship, egos, financial challenges, relationaship challenges, career challenges, back-stabbing -- where everyone "knows" s/he is right and is determined to prove it (choose your subject) -- where people seek to destroy those with whom they disagree rather than accepting disagreement -- all of which results in a relentless grinding down of this human spirit -- I sought a place to escape it all and just talk about something I love in a light-hearted atmosphere.
It's nobody's fault; it just turned out that the shoe didn't fit.
Well, entirely lighthearted probably isn't going to happen in a place like this. This is a forum about something people are PASSIONATE about. I've spent a bare minimum of two hours almost every single day
at this for almost thirty years; that makes it a tough subject to approach in any casual way. That said, there is a certain old guard here that will shout down anybody who disputes established groupthink, for instance the ridiculous idea that you'll always be a mediocre player without private lessons. I agree that it's annoying.
That said, I don't think Rob was being needlessly pendantic or splitting hairs in this case. Words mean things, and the word archguitar has a pre-existing definition. It's by no means a denigration of the performer or his instrument to state that he didn't invent anything particularly original, either. There's enough of the historian in me to want to insist on good scholarship and correct definitions; I have to stand with Rob on this.
Hope you don't leave over this; it's a minor disagreement.