Do you find that the more you learn about music, the more picky and closed minded you get about it? Do you demand more technical complexity and get bored by simple 3-4 chord songs the better and more studied you get?
Or do you find that the more you know, the more it opens your mind to appreciating more varied genres, and recognizing both the complex technical artists as well as the soulful, folky accessible ones? Is there a difference in the amount of esteem you place on classical and jazz vs folk and blues for example?
I notice bob4health doesn’t seem to be in this group, probably because he thinks only classically trained jazz musicians who play full time are “real musicians” but this was inspired by some dubious claims he made in his recent lead balloon of a post in the Music Fans group. It seems he’s not a big fan of many kinds of music at all, although I find the most talented, knowledgeable musicians I’ve ever met have also been the most humble and open minded by contrast with his claims/behavior. Just wondering what everyone else thinks.
Maybe my ignorance is bliss. I like what I like and I'm always discovering new stuff. I tend to be half assed about learning too much and consider myself a campfire musician. Most myopic musicians I know miss out on a lot of fun because they expect perfection and can't handle getting loose. Maybe they would say that I am missing out because I can't get technical.
I don't need complexity at all, and I especially like tunes that make me want to dance. I do get a little bored when there are literally no changes in the music though.
So yeah, I'm pickier, but... I NEVER say any music sucks, though. Never have. Different strokes, and more power to all genres.
I have a hard time calling myself a musician, Even tho I've been playing for years,I'm very limited in what I know and what I can play myself. but saying that i'm drawn to talent not only the music but the song itself and what it is saying. putting the two together the music and the words and having the feeling with them, is what gets me the most. So some songs to me can be very simple to play,but having the words that have some meaning will be the song that I love the best. I like to think I'm openminded to where I listen to different types of music and at times I do. There has to be talent and feeling to keep me listening.