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04-28-2009, 07:01 AM
Piano techniques are like religions. Someone suddenly has a flash of insight into the nature of things and is so besieged by the new found knowledge that he decides to share it with other people. We have no true vocabulary for such insights or the mental events that need to be described, so the progressive one speaks in metaphors connected to other people's experience so that someone else might be able to understand or get a picture of the appropriate mental process. Some of the listeners realize that the man has something important to say, but they are not really very bright. They listen respectfully to every word and begin telling others what they have heard. These are called disciples. Unfortunately they have understood nothing of the meaning of the words as metaphor and latch onto the words themselves or repeat what they think they have heard embellishing to the point of dogmatism and therefore complete falsity. They are fixed in the metaphors and take them literally.

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04-28-2009, 12:28 PM
That's a great description of the fervor that surrounds so many of the "methods" that people describe on the 'net.

The same holds true for guitar methods as well. Language cannot accurately describe the experiences involved.