- From: "Craig 'Lumpy' Lemke" <lumpy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2011 15:34:00 -0700
You're wrong. Irving Berlin could not read or write standard music
I've heard a bunch of posters here quote some sites
saying Glen Campbell saying "I can't read a lick".
Yet I took lessons from him and sat next to him
in the studio and watched him play and teach from SN charts.
I've also seen bunches of websites quoting Jimi as
saying "I never took a lesson". And then other websites
from musicians that say they had Jimi for a student.
I think it's fashionable to claim "I can't read" or
"I never took a lesson". NOBODY plays guitar without
taking a lesson in SOME respect. "Hey, show me how
you're playing that" is a lesson in my book. If Jimi
(or anyone) "never took a lesson" then how would they
know how to tune the geetar?
What would you think Jimi did on all those studio gigs?
Did they hire him just to "play around with whatever
you think sounds good"? Or do you think that SOMEHOW
they gave him a chart and asked him to interpret
what was written? Keep in mind that when I was in the
studio, the cost of having four musicians seated was
$500/hr. Add engineers, technicians, all the others,
it was easily a couple of thousand dollars per hr.
Whenever Jimi was in the studio, 10 yrs prior, I'd bet
the cost was lower, but comparitively still VERY expensive.
They can't afford to have people hanging around that
can't understand what it is they want. Jimi wasn't wanking
his wah in those studio gigs. He was playing G7 chords
and all the other mundane stuff that went on with
I sense a bunch of non-readers here are still searching
for some kind of rationalization for their lack of
musical knowledge. The "Oh yeah, but XXXX YYYY didn't
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