Re: tribute bands = limitedness

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Posted by Scott on March 16, 2000 at 16:40:49:

In Reply to: check this out posted by Brock on January 12, 2000 at 09:13:00:

I feel your stated idea that TRIBUTE BANDS=LIMITEDNESS is a bit presumptuous
and shallow. You assume that anyone engaged in a tribute project does so as
their sole musical endeavor. As a musician with 25 years of performing
experience including a current tribute band, I can say that it is only
one of many valuable musical experiences I will engage in. It takes quite
a bit of effort and skill to use ones EARS to ACCURATELY decipher the fine
details of what ever part(s) are to be played in ones role for a tribute band.
Notice I said ACCURATELY as the best tribute bands are the ones that go beyond
using the frequently inaccurate tabulature that is available to learn cover
music. By listening to and striving to learn all the nuances present in a piece
of cover music, one gains a larger musical vocabulary and a stronger ear. In my
experience, no ability to read music or follow rules of theory can replace a
natural or well developed ear. I have personally found this exercise to be
invaluable to my musical growth. By excluding any musical venture from your
own experiences you can only slow your own growth.

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