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FIRST and above all, an explanation must do justice to the thing that is to be explained, must not devaluate it, interpret it away, belittle it, or garble it, in order to make it easier to understand. The question is not "At what view of the phenomenon must we arrive in order to explain it in accordance with one or another philosophy?" but precisely the reverse: "What philosophy is requisite if we are to live up to the subject, be on a level with it?" The question is not how the phenomenon must be turned, twisted, narrowed, crippled so as to be explicable, at all costs, upon principles that we have once and for all resolved not to go beyond. The question is: "To what point must we enlarge our thought so that it shall be in proportion to the phenomenon..."

Schelling, Philosophie der Mythologie. qtd. in V. Zuckerkandl, Sound and Symbol.

"Heartache" is a poeticism, but here it becomes an actual fact because his pride would not let him suffer the pain in his soul. The "lump in the throat," the so-called globus hystericus, comes, as everyone knows, from swallowed tears. His consciousness had simply withdrawn from contents that were too painful to him, and these, left to themselves, could reach consciousness only indirectly, as symptoms. All this was a rationally understandable and perfectly intelligible process, which could just as well have passed off consciously, had it not been for his masculine pride.

The Portable Jung, p.31

The conviction of ignorance is a necessary first step to the acquisition of knowledge, for no one is going to seek knowledge on any subject if he is under the delusion that he already possesses it.

W.K.C. Guthrie. The Greek Philosophers from Thales to Aristotle.

... practically all the religions we know might be defined as state-specific technologies, operated in the service of a priori belief systems.

Charles T. Tart

What's your name?
You must have a name.
Of course.
I'm not just anybody.
Right.
What's so hard?
Just a name!
If you want,
spell it backwards.
What's your name?
Raven.
You must feel better already.
Spelled like the bird?
Yes, Raven.
- First name?
- Ralph.
What did you say?
Nothing.
Keep writing.
Refugee... victim
of robbers and horse thieves...
beginner... sensitive... destitute...
specialist and layman
all in one, you might say.
One thing at a time, Mr. Raven.
Where do you live?
Where do you sleep?
Around.
Around? Here and there?
The pizzeria, "Casa dell'Angelo."
You sleep in the oven, I suppose?
- You don't believe me?
- No!

Film: Faraway, So Close! (In Weiter Ferne So Nah)


Oct
20
comment Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
The Theosophist,I.4. January 1880, "The Ensouled Violin" by Hi'larion Smerdis, F.T.S. (likely a pseudonym for H.P. Blavatsky)
Oct
20
comment Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
@M3NTA7 With triangular wires, you'd have a top and a bottom. With the edge up, they might be easier to bend; edge-down might be easier for stretches and gymnastics by improving the grip of the string on the fret, and a softer profile in contact with the fingertip. I'd expect a similar whip that I imagine ribbons would produce; but it might also be capable of springy whips, too (if the center of the string length were to rotate around the core, like a pendulum).
Oct
19
answered Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
Oct
19
asked Did any player pianos use card decks?
Oct
19
comment Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
Found a nice discussion about hex/round cores at music-electronics-forum.com/t19507 .
Oct
19
comment Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
I found a ghost story in The Theosophist where the second best violinist, continually overshadowed by Paganini, makes a set of strings from his own teacher's gut.
Oct
18
asked Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?
Oct
16
comment Rhythm guitar techniques for a great Blues/Blues Rock player
@naught101 While I'm a fan in general of breaking the rules, here I think I'm just bending them. :) You're allowed to offer recommendations (if it supports the answer), but you're not allowed to ask for them (at least not as the primary focus of the question).
Oct
14
revised On the guitar, if I play a song which is in the key of D, where should I put the capo?
Apology for refering to 'Nashville' without knowing much about it.
Oct
13
comment Noise while not touching guitar strings or metal parts
terminology check: by lead, you mean the cable?
Oct
7
comment How to keep practicing to compose music when you're too picky to listen to yourself playing
I have worked that way in the past. But in a way it's exactly what OP doesn't want, being "too picky". Using a notebook means much more "music" gets discarded, only the themes, the seeds that led to compelling moments go into the book. The same "territory" can easily be found again by improvising on the theme. And the ability to scan should not be underestimated. Many music books contain thematic indices for much the same purpose. ... But combining these two methods may be ideal. How else are you gonna find that great solo that was somewhere between 'Untitled 32' and 'Untitled 97'?
Oct
6
answered How to keep practicing to compose music when you're too picky to listen to yourself playing
Oct
6
revised How to improve/train pinky dexterity for guitar playing (after long absence)
more ideas
Oct
6
awarded  Yearling
Oct
4
comment How to remove a rusted or stuck mouthpiece?
I'd expect to need some kind of solvent and precision tools (like dental tools) to get it in there, but if there's a shop you can get to, definitely prefer that.
Oct
4
comment How to identify the root note of a chord
Listen to some old U2, the Bass is always playing the root.
Oct
4
reviewed Approve What is good software for learning how to sight-read?
Oct
3
answered Which F to use on a bass?
Oct
1
comment Changing the strings: one by one, or by taking all strings off at one time?
It's conceivable that a problem might arise if you simply cut the strings off without detuning. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow ...
Sep
28
comment How to stop distortion from making minor chords muddy?
Tuning can also play a role, especially if you're trying to tune by ear. If you tune all the fourths to perfect, all the error accumulates in the G-B interval, which can give you a nice G chord because the third is very mild; but the Em sounds like hell.