Thanks John, for your input on this subject. The credentials which you bring to the discussion validate what guys like me try to say but get dismissed because of attitudes like that expressed by Soupy. The idea I get by talking to some people who want to play at playing an instrument is kind of "anything goes, after all it's art, right?" You called it "whatever" and I think that hits it on the head. It's like guitar players who hang their guitars down around mid-thigh, to look cool. I don't see how they could possibly have decent fret-hand technique, unless their fingers are six inches long with four knuckles! I don't want to speak for other posters, but I think that this is part of what brings out some of the terse comments by a certain member from time to time. There is too much of a "whatever" attitude among casual players, and in my opinion, they will never play as well as they want to and could play, if they would only work and put time into proper technique and proper practice.
"I thought I knew a lot about music. Then you start digging and the deeper you go, the more there is."~John Mellencamp
"Theory only seems like rocket science when you don't know it. Once you understand it, it's more like plumbing!"~John McGann
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