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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:02 am    Post subject: Musicians are emotionally flawed? ... Reply with quote

Just thought I'd throw this up here as a change of pace...

I remember reading a book a while back in which a doctor suggested all musicians are emotionally flawed - he claimed he could not listen to Moonlight Sonata without being moved to tears every time, yet a pianist would have to practice and hear the music a hundred times to learn to play it.

How many of you beleive it is true that to learn to play & understand music is to become de-sensitised to its emotive power?

(kind of like how knowing a magicians' secrets changes your enjoyment of a magic show into a critique on technical skills rather than wonderment at a spectacle)

It is an interesting paradox if it is so, as the people with the power to create the music will never hear it in the same way as the majority of it's audience?!?!?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

define flaw.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sneakyjapan wrote:
define flaw.


Don't want to get caught up in the detail as is quite a broad issue, but I s'pose I mean this...

"A condition or change that indicates a non-normal condition in a part. A flaw is not necessarily a defect since only flaws that are unacceptable are defects."

A difference in appreciation rather than a disadvantage per se

Am interested to hear people's own experiences of whether they feel becoming a musician has altered their emotional response to music... do they feel, as a musician, they can ever appreciate music in the same way as a non-musician?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a crock of shite..!!!
So Paul Kossoff sounds emotionally retarded when he solo's?
He's one of the most emotive players I've ever heard...a role model for myself and thousands of others on how to express oneself via the guitar.
Gary Rossington and the other guys from Lynyrd Skynyrd?
Jeff Beck?
Eric Clapton...Tears in heaven is an emotionally bereft tune?
Hundreds of thousands of people weep to this day when they hear that song...and to shoot down the cold,robotlike musician theory, Clapton himself still sheds a tear when he performs that song.
Bah Humbug says I..!!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may not be the guitarist I want to be (I suspect I never will be), but playing music has enhanced my appreciation, not diminished it. Even though I have a reasonable understanding of how B.B.King plays, that doesn't mean I can sound like him. But it does mean that I appreciate how hard it is to get that degree of feeling and emotion from playing just a few notes. B.B. has certainly moved me to tears a few times when I have seen him, especially on his farewell tour of the UK last year. I managed to catch him twice, & it was tough knowing that I'll probably never see him play live again.

Maybe the original comments referred to classical musicians? It has always struck me as a bit clinical the way they have to learn everything note for note, whereas those of us who don't read music have no choice but to put a bit more of ourselves into what we play.

I expect I'll now get shot down in flames by any classical players on here!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah detail is a pain in the butt.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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playing music has enhanced my appreciation, not diminished it. Even though I have a reasonable understanding of how B.B.King plays, that doesn't mean I can sound like him. But it does mean that I appreciate how hard it is to get that degree of feeling and emotion from playing just a few notes.


Playing music no doubt provides an enhanced appreciation of musicianship... but who beleives a musician can also enjoy the naiive (magical) experience of music once they have learned the tricks of the trade?

I agree B.B.King is a master of emotive guitar playing. As are the other players cited above. The question is not whether tears in heaven is emotionally charged - it obviously is ... but when Clapton (or any other guitar player) listens to say, Free Bird by Lynard Skynard, is he capable of being moved with the same power as a non-musician ... or is pure musical appreciation marred by a conciousness of, or preoccupation with, the musicianship?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmmmm!.
When you don't know anything about how music is made I do think you have a different angle on it.
All I have to do after years of playing is listen to a song and I know what chords are being used and all the tricks of the trade that are being used so it does become boring especially if the song isn't great.
But if I knew nothing about how music was made maybe the song would sound new to me.
Just look at the crap that become hits.
I can pick the chord changes and crappy melody out instantly when I pick up a guitar.
With stuff like Oasis and U2 and the crap that's around now like Greenday , even Britney Spears etc I can just about shout the chords out as the song is playing when I'm hearing it for the first time probably because it just sounds like remanufactured stuff from other songs.
I remember back to before I started playing and I think I did have a more emotional response to it and that's why I started playing but now the song or playing has got to be pretty special to get much of a emotional response from me.
I have written a few songs and when I play them they can still make me respond emotionally but not always.
Even though I know exactly how my songs are contructed they can still get me sometimes as do some of my solos, sometimes I'm amazed at stuff I play and I can't explain why I played the solo that way but I don't feel that way often.
When I hear solos or songs from my favourite players or songwriters I can still get emotionally involved with them even though I know the chords and can play them.
Even now when I hear the start to Sweet Home Alabama or Smoke on the Water they do still hook me in even though I know how to play them and have heard them a million times.
And out of all the Death Metal that I've heard and I've heard a fair bit I'd be hard pressed to remember any riffs because they all have the same boring chromatic riffs and guitar solos and most of the bands are a clone of the other one and the singers have that Cookie Monster thing going on.
The solos don't bounce off the main melody like they did in the past usually with a blues touch because there is no friggin melody so the guitar solo just sounds like a generic insert this solo here routine so I don't respond emotionally to it because it's musically dumb.
I don't think there is a complete answer to your question.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok...now it's probably MY turn to get shot down in flames but here goes:
One of my all time favorite bands is Journey.
Neil Schon is a brilliant guitarist and despite knowing how to play their songs...solos and all,I still get moved by the lyrics and sentiment behind songs like Faithfully.
A song about the toll that being a touring muso has taken on a relationship.
My marriage of 24 years ended due in no small part to my wife being fed up with being a band widow.
So I can relate VERY well to the lyrics and emotion of the song.
"They say that the road aint no place to start affairs,
Right down the line it's been you and me,
Lovin' a music man aint always what it's s'posed to be,
Oh girl if you stand by me...I'm forever yours....Faithfully"
When you're going through emotional turmoil and upheaval I believe we find comfort in music whether we can play it or not.........nuff said....blurted too much already
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A non musician would probably not pick up on songs that have other bits of songs in them and would be less cynical or jaded.
I saw Ozzy Osbournes I don't want to stop or something like that the other day and I'm listening to the chorus and I'm thinking somethings familiar about that and then I remember.
A part of the chorus is from part of the verse of the Kinks You've Really Got Me.
But then again Black Night by Deep Purples main riff is used in 2 previous songs (one by Ricky Nelson) and it's still a great riff when I hear Blackmore do it.
So knowing how music is put together doesn't always mean that your emotionally distanced from it.
When I started trying to play some Django and Barney Kessel stuff it made me more aware of how great they were and when I listen to Bach or Beethoven I am in awe sometimes of how great they were and I can play some Bach pieces pretty badly on classical guitar.
I think my long winded answer would be if the music has something special about it then it doesn't matter how many times you've heard it or if you can play it and understand it's harmonic content it's still going to result in an emotional response.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ozeshin wrote:
Tears in heaven is an emotionally bereft tune?
Hundreds of thousands of people weep to this day when they hear that song...
You're right. I've even been known to shed a tear for classics like 'Pacman Fever,' the Streak' & 'Convoy.'
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

10-4 good buddy i hear ya now let's move this Convoy on outta here......Over and out
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My view is this.

Stuff the quacks. I worked in the British NHS for 6 years and half of the quacks don't know s*@t from clay. They have about as much common sense as Britney Spears with a hangover behind the wheel of a Ferrari .

Here's a tip. Next time you see a quack, ask the tosser to wash his hands before he touches you and watch his face ignite
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oldflame wrote:
Next time you see a quack, ask the tosser to wash his hands before he touches you and watch his face ignite


Are you sure that's wise? I make it a policy not to p*ss off anybody who may be about to insert a needle into me....

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No mate, you have to empower yourself with the same disciplines that they are supposed to be following. Statistically, Doctors are the worst offenders when it comes to spreading germs around. Why do you think there is so much MRSA in UK hospitals? The hospitals will say it's come from an outside source for example OAP nursing homes. Fair enough, but they should be trying to stop it spreading in their own establishment. If you are seriously going into hospital then ask to see the infection control nurse for your ward. Have a chat with them and they will tell you what standards should be met by all staff treating you.

Drug errors are another big cause for concern but I wont go into that one.

Here's a good read:

http://www.wegenersgranulomatosis.net/Hospital-Stay%20Alive.html

I done lots of research on this. It's common knowledge that 'clinical mistakes' are the third biggest killer after heart disease and cancer. Go look it up.

Good luck!
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