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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 His consciousness had simply withdrawn from contents that were too painful to him, and these, left to themselves, could reach consciousness only indirectly, as symptoms.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)


Apr
19
comment Understanding a Chinese guitar tab
I've gone ahead an added a snip from the first page. IANAL, but I think it's brief enough to be considered "fair use" under US copyright, although there may not be such an exception under Chinese law. Here's hoping no trouble arises. ...
Apr
18
comment Understanding a Chinese guitar tab
Can the image be copied here or is there a copyright issue?
Apr
5
comment Techniques in Bending String, Electric Guitar
I think that's it exactly. In the piece where it keeps happening, though, I'm trying to bend the B-string 4th-fret up to E while the E-string is ringing. So I can't go too horizontal without damping the E-string. Catch-22.
Apr
5
comment Techniques in Bending String, Electric Guitar
No, what happens is the adjacent strings get on top of my fingernail and slide over the top of my fingers. My fingertips and the string I'm trying to bend dive under the next strings. It's often a sign that my left-hand fingernails are too long, but not always. I can usually overcome it with more practice, but it still happens to me after 20+ years of playing.
Apr
5
comment Techniques in Bending String, Electric Guitar
Ok. I interpreted it as "how to avoid the slipping": a problem I've had myself (and I don't know the answer). But re-reading, he doesn't appear to actually say that.
Apr
5
comment Techniques in Bending String, Electric Guitar
I think he's saying that the B or G string is slipping over his fingers while bending the high E. But the "upper" and "lower" terms seem very confusing to me.
Apr
4
comment Why are guitars strung low-to-high?
+1 Scrolled down to say the same thing. The guitar evolved from earlier instruments, mostly with fewer strings. Extra bass strings were added and placed out of the way of the melody strings.
Mar
17
comment Velocity sensitivity or attack
+1 How could I forget sustain??!
Mar
17
comment Velocity sensitivity or attack
@jessica By the way, there is no need to accept this answer so soon. It's usually better to wait at least a day to get more answers.
Mar
17
comment Velocity sensitivity or attack
I don't understand. A virtual instrument like the above is a synthesizer. It creates the sound using the attack, resonance, and decay properties from its bank of pre-defined instruments. I suppose the sound of the finger tapping the string has an attack of its own, but that's not what is usually meant by attack in this context, but rather the sound, the output. It is an intriguing idea for the phone to listen to the sound of the tap and alter the sound in some way, these apps don't do anything like this. They just associate velocity with dynamics. Attack is a parameter from the bank.
Mar
17
comment Velocity sensitivity or attack
Right, attack is part of the output, it cannot be detected by such a device. To detect attack you need a microphone and a harmonic analyzer, like a human ear.
Mar
17
comment What's the theory behind the “80s” sound of a song?
While the tone of this answer is very brash and replete with hyperbole, the content appears to me to be correct. While there are many sonic feature associated with "the 80s sound" (the answer enumerates many of them), they do not constitute a theoretical definition of the term in the way the OP appears to expect.
Mar
4
comment How do I fret this “pattern”?
There's an illustration of using the thumb like this in Sor's Méthode Complète pour la Guitare.
Mar
2
comment Easy classical pieces playable on an acoustic guitar with a pick?
Flight of the Bumblebee might also be a good one. There's a clarinet transcription that should work, or the oboe one if you don't want to transpose. Might not be able to play it right away, but it should offer good practice for many years.
Feb
19
comment Why are the white and black keys on the piano placed the way they are?
@David I stand corrected, thanks.
Jan
13
comment How can I play that crazy sound in Koko Taylor's “Wang Dang Doodle”?
This is how I maintain my musical skills while working at Starbucks. :/
Jan
9
comment What are some useful ear training exercises for moving beyond two-note interval training?
Yes, that was sed syntax for correcting the typo in my other comment. :)
Jan
1
comment Glossary of Guitar Effects
There's an obsolete recording technology using magnetic wire. I wonder if you could make a "tape looper" that uses a guitar string?!
Dec
31
comment Glossary of Guitar Effects
Thanks, @Basstickler. I read-up a little more and made some corrections.
Dec
26
comment What are some useful ear training exercises for moving beyond two-note interval training?
s/before/behind/