I’ve already spent a post on how the AMD fanboys are hating on some of my blogposts… Didn’t really want to dwell on it anymore, but I found one that failed quite hard, so I thought I’d share it with you. Over at Semi-Accurate, someone by the nickname of ‘distinctively’ posted this:
Well, he’s definitely more talented with his guitar that I am but the tune he’s playing lacks musical talent nonetheless. The entire rhythm section plays is typical 80s hair metal. The exact boring, repetitive drum beat used in 10 000 other songs recorded during that era. His music, like his mind, is very two dimensional. He’s incapable of seeing the big picture. Worse yet, he thinks he’s far more intelligent than he really is.
Pretty sure he’s posted here under at least one other alias. The writing style fits some others. Again, two dimensional thinking ……. and get a better rhythm section to play along with.
What a waste of talent. Probably never even heard of Ginger Baker or John Bonham.
This post fails on many levels, let me try to cover them one at a time:
- He isn’t even talking about the actual blogpost that the thread is about. He’s going after my music, which has absolutely nothing to do with the subject.
- He probably means ‘one-dimensional’ where he says ‘two-dimensional’, so the insult itself fails as well.
- I assume he is talking about my latest video, in which case he hasn’t bothered to read the description. I am playing on a backing track made by Miika153. He is an 18-year old guy from Finland, who made this track on his computer. So technically there is no ‘rhythm section’ to speak of. Computer-programmed drums tend to sound… programmed, big surprise. Personally, I think Miika153 has done a great job on the track. After all, he’s just a young guy making the music by himself on his computer, as a hobby. So what if he can’t compete with the rhythm section of well-established bands? It’s not a contest.
- Since it’s a backing track that I didn’t make, and he’s mainly insulting the backing track, his criticism is aimed only at Miika153 (sorry about that, Miika!). The only thing I did was the improvised lead playing, and he didn’t insult that. So technically, I should see his post as a compliment, ironically enough. I suppose that he figured out that my playing is too good to just tear it down completely. I don’t know how well he plays, but chances are he’s not good enough to be anywhere near credible in critiquing my playing. So if he did, he’d risk his own playing getting torn apart.
- The people who REALLY know my music, know that versatility and improvisation are actually among my strongest points (sure, 80s hair metal is one of my vices, I’ve always been into melodic playing, and it’s a good genre for that… but I’ve also done plenty of other stuff, such as blues, jazz, fusion, funk, classic rock, progressive rock, and symphonic metal). Ofcourse, you cannot judge that if you only watch one video.
- It’s amazing how someone can conclude how intelligent I think I am by watching me play guitar. I would think that pointing out the mistakes in my blogposts would be a better way to prove that I am not as smart as I think I am. But people never do that, so I’ll just continue to think I’m smarter than I am.
- No, I’m honestly not a poster on SemiAccurate. Paranoid? (yes, reference to Black Sabbath intended).
- Ginger Baker and John Bonham? Oh god please… I hope this guy is a *lot* older than I am. Because really… I never got these young guitarists who were totally into blues and bluesrock, and looking up to these dinosaur bands. I mean, I have an excuse for actually liking 80s rock: I grew up with the stuff. 60s and 70s stuff, I’m too young for that. I guess you ‘had to be there’. If you weren’t, you just look silly. Not because those guys weren’t good… but because they should be your father’s idols (or even your grandfather’s by now), not yours. A lot has happened since the 60s and 70s, and it surely wasn’t all bad.
- Arguing about music is pointless. So what if he doesn’t like my music? That’s just his opinion. It’s not like you get smarter from liking or not liking my music. I also don’t get bothered when people don’t like my music (hey, I’m not 16 anymore). I’ve been doing it for a long time, and I’ve learnt that you can’t please everyone. So I don’t bother to try, and just make music that *I* like, and hope that others enjoy it as well. I generally get positive comments on YouTube, and more thumbs up than down, so I think people actually do enjoy my music, and I am happy to share it with them. If I want an actual discussion, I’ll choose a technical subject, or at least something that has some objective values. There’s no accounting for taste.
So yea, pretty big hate fail I’d say 🙂