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Tuesday, July 20   >>

STAY CRASSY, GUY

Audition Piece Bridge: Ab | C7b9/E | Fm | Dbm7

"That C sounds weird," said a guy who wanted to audition his electric guitar talents for my musical project last night.

I love criticism--seriously, hearing people dissect my writing is like porn to me--but I absolutely hate criticism without solutions. If you want it to change, then suggest a change.

I said, "It's not a C, really. It's a C7 with an E in the root. Try that variation out." Honest, nice suggestion without a dose of musical snobbery.

"Ehh," he said, "What exactly...do you want me to play?"

Isn't that why we have demos online? So that they can be learned?

"This is so piano-based...what am I supposed to do?"

How about you go fuck yourself for wasting my group's time on a very expensive per-hour rehearsal space?

"I'm in med school," he said.

Good job! Oh, did I already say, "Go fuck yourself?" Oh, I did? Well, here it is again: Go fuck yourself.

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Now for the snobbery: Immediately think twice about the guy who says the V7 of a vi "sounds weird." I bet his breath smells like man-taint.

In the words of J-j-j-j-jay-Z, on to the next one.