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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 His consciousness had simply withdrawn from contents that were too painful to him, and these, left to themselves, could reach consciousness only indirectly, as symptoms.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.
What's so hard?
Just a name!
If you want,
spell it backwards.
What's your name?
You must feel better already.
Spelled like the bird?
Yes, Raven.
- First name?
- Ralph.
What did you say?
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? 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)

comment How does one set up a guitar amplifier to produce a rock sound/feel?
I like this answer. A very similar approach is the hacker's frob, twiddle, and tweak.
comment Electric guitar vs classical guitar
As for price, the general rule-of-thumb for guitars is if it's less than $200 you should really wonder why it's less than $200.
comment Remote Performance Workflow
Slightly-less bleeding-edge, I remember reading that Faith No More wrote the songs on their later albums by starting with a keyboard+bass+drums jam (those three lived in the same city) then mailing the tapes to the guitarist then mailing the tapes to the vocalist. This type of "workflow" can be done now with email and ftp and stuff.
comment Why does the following chord progression sound good?
It was just the ♭ and B in the same sentence that jumped out at me. I actually had the edit-view open when you last edited. So it felt wrong to do it myself while you were actively editing.
comment Legato right hand technique
@DrMayhem I think he does address the question but it's buried in the last par: "Try economy picking ....".
comment Why does the following chord progression sound good?
You can get a flat-sign with ♭ (doesn't work in comments, conveniently).
comment Is “You shouldn't play all 6 strings together on an electric guitar” good teaching?
"Would you buy a book called 'Suggestions of Acquisition'?" -- the first Grand Nagus.
comment How to adapt guitar playing style to a new genre
The videos linked in this question go into several techniques of speed picking.
comment Musically Interesting Guitar Exercises
+1 for Carcassi!
comment Is it ever too late to learn guitar?
@Charles You wrote "+1", but didn't actually put in a vote.
comment What gives the sitar its characteristic sound?
Haha! I showed up just in time to ruin your perfect 1000 rep! :)
comment Left hand Finger Technique
+1 Agree! This cannot be said enough. Be empowered to judge right/wrong for yourself!
comment Sharp pain in fingertip of fretting hand index finger
As @cdvv7788 says, it's great to share your knowledge, but do it "Q&A-style".
comment How to translate rock guitar style to keyboards?
How about Stevie Wonder's Superstition to that list?
comment Caffeine / Alcohol Before or During Rehearsal
Yes, decaffeination removes about 95%. So there's 5% left over.
comment Caffeine / Alcohol Before or During Rehearsal
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Indeed, This article suggests this procedure may lead to problems with a piezo system.
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Who's gonna do the Christopher Walken impression?
comment What type of strings to use for easier bending in fast solos?
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comment What type of strings to use for easier bending in fast solos?
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