Tom, I tend to agree. Over on Gearslutz, where I occasionally find actual useful and interesting things, though much less than a few years ago, someone was asking how he could get his guitar samples to sound like real strumming and picking! I had to slap my hand to not say, "Learn to play guitar, or hire someone who can, you idiot!"
I did send him this link:
On the other hand, I work in a folk and jazz club, and there are some astounding young talents coming up all the time. Just yesterday, after a fine R&B set from some mature musicians I did sound for, the MC let a young bluegrass band do a few tunes, and they sounded fabulous, even knew how to work a single mic among 4 band members.
I also do sound at Jazzschool.org, where young people and adults learn to play jazz - real jazz, not silly imitations. It is spooky to hear a fine and mellow version of say, Round Midnight sung or played by someone who is fresh out of high school... restores my faith.
Music is still very much alive, just not for the masses or public education, more's the pity.
On Aug 15, 2013, at 3:52 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
> I think you are over-optimistic about today's youth. There is little music education in the public schools, at least in the U.S. If there is a "real" piano present, it is badly out of tune and may have been vandalized to the point of non-fuction. It's probably used as a prop in the auditorium. As for an acoustic guitar, unless you like music and have learned music or hang around musicians, you likely have not heard an acoustic guitar. Many kids dabble in cheap electric guitars, plus there is Guitar Band video gaming, but many fewer dabble in acoustic instruments. Some dabble with computer-generated "music" via GarageBand and other software and phone apps. But there is far less formal musical training and general education than one or two generations ago.