I tend to agree. Although we differ on our definitions of what a "good
musician" is. Ive met so many "good musicians" over the years I look
them as nothing more than average. Just the same old same old. Any
worth its size has hundreds and hundreds of musicians, average
who can copy every note Jimmy ever played.
Well, I don't know about that...I'm in Houston, and I don't know
a whole lot of people that can play Jimi, and sound like him.
Sure, many can play the notes, but their phrasing will be off,
etc, etc...There are a few that can pull it off, but not 100's
by any stretch of the imagination.
Heck, I don't know that much Jimi....I know more
Van Halen songs than I do Jimi as an example.....That's another
many try to copy, and often fall short...They just don't get
the phrasing right...
Actually, I consider being able to accurately copy, or transcribe,
an art in itself...It's a game to me...When I try to copy someone,
I try to also get the same sound, phrasing, etc...In my
brain, I almost become them in the way I phrase and attack the
instrument. Doing that with many different players over time
builds chops. In the end, it all melts into "your sound"...
But it takes time, and lots of playing as you know..
But I also improvise on the fly. Actually, it's hard for me
*not* to improvise usually. I have a tendency to want to let
it rip, and wank away...When I was learning "red house",
I kept wanted to change the lines just by instinct.
But I forced myself to learn the original just for good
measure. That doesn't mean I have to play it that way though..
But I can...
Or name your favorite. I dont
consider them good musicians, just musicians.
Whatever. Every good musician I know has copied someone at
one time or another...
We have to be able to
deliniate between those who can only copy others music, and those who
create music. ................
Maybe you do, I don't. Doesn't matter to me...Only the final
product matters to me...Either it's good to my ears, or it ain't...
Good musicians can compose. Proficient musicians can copy.
Well, almost anybody can probably "compose"...Whether it's any
good will depend mostly on the tastes of the listener...
I can certainly compose, but my stuff would probably sound
much like VH, Satch, EJ, etc, more instrumental driven,
rather than more mainstream type stuff with cozy vocals, etc....
Many might not like what I compose..I doubt I would be that
good at "catchy" songs like some are...But I can probably
spew out a catchy riff from time to time...And those can lead
to catchy tunes...
Btw, I didnt mean to imply the counter, that a good composer is
a good musician, as I dont feel that way. Sorry if thats what you
what I said. Its all just opinion anyway...
Actually, I don't give it that much thought normally. I just
play....All this deep thinking stuff gives me a headache...
But this also goes back to what I said about viewing selections
from a *non players* point of view. When I choose a song, I
choose what I think will go over with the audience at hand.
To a non player, many of those "run-o-the-mill" players you
comment about, probably seem quite entertaining to a non player.
Players tend to get too technically hung up on things that
listeners could care less about.
IE: when I play the "blues jam" in two weeks, they will not
give a hoot whether I'm a composer, play covers, or whatever.
They just want me to rock the house. Pretty basic and primitive
actually...And thats what I plan to do. I'm gonna rock the house.
Either they will get it, or they won't. I bet they will though...:)
I plan to brown the food.
Ever hear of the Holy Model Rounders? Dr. Corns Electric Grass Band?
Nope...None of them, that I recall...I used to remember some band
with "rounders" in the name, but I don't think it was that one...