The Thursday Thesis - 30/4/2020
I love teaching guitar!
This won’t surprise any of my guitar students – they’re used to me grinning and laughing during lessons.
What does surprise them though is the simplicity of many of their favourite songs.
It’s a funny thing, but it keeps on happening.
Heads are shaken, brows furrow, and "it can't be that easy..." is regularly heard.
It's as though I'm breaking some kind of rule, making playing guitar so simple and easy...
But that's because there's a type of thinking error known as misattribution – the assigning of qualities to a person or thing which has nothing to do with the real qualities they possess.
I did it myself for years – decades actually – and it really didn’t help at all.
These days, not so much.
Here's how the misattribution error goes for music fans and wannabe guitar players, singers, and just about everybody else:
Obviously, there’s no causal link between liking a piece of music and it being a technical challenge to play.
In fact, the more popular a piece of music is the less complex it tends to be. If you don’t believe me, just listen to the mainstream radio stations: most of what you’ll hear are short loops of a few simple chords, assembled into blocks (usually called introduction, verse, chorus, middle 8, bridge and outro) and produced to make them more interesting and variable than their deep structure really is.
I’m not knocking it – I’m just pointing out that the reality of music is not what we think it is, most of the time.
So reflect on this little thought: before music became something you bought – as a recording of some type – music was something you did; something you made for yourself, just for the fun of it.
Back then, almost everyone would get up and sing, play something and join in with whoever else was playing.
Back then it was easy and commonplace – so how did so many of us get convinced that we needed to have a “gift” or a special talent?
We fell under the hypnotic power of marketing, hype, bullshit, and the loud voices who seemed to know what was what.
Did music get harder, or did we get stupider, less “talented” and less musical?
Or did we just allow ourselves to be deceived by charlatans - and our own assumptions?
© Neil Cowmeadow 2020
Please Like and Share The Thursday Thesis with your friends, family, and your chosen deity. I’d love to hear your comments, along with any ideas you’d care to hurl at me.
Share it with your friends
It's Like This...
The Thursday Thesis shares ideas which I think are worth spreading.
All content on these pages is the intellectual property of the author, unless otherwise stated, and may not be used in any form or reproduced under any circumstances without the authors permission.