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Thomas the Rhymer How to handle criticism? (134* d) RE: How to handle criticism? 09 Jun 07

Yes, Jack... exquisite!   Thanks!!!

Those who can... woo
Those who can't... teach

Problem is... hardly anyone is 'schooled' in creative encouragement techniques these days except the already accomplished, and because most of them have learned the hard way what stifles the muse, so they usually sustain and improve you with a gift... rather than a punishment. So, unless they agreed with you already, or they want to get laid... it's going to be 'a tweaky bit' that generally reflects the general audience's genera specific preferences, rather than truly constructive 'craft related' feedback.

Play a straight Child Ballad to Bluegrassers, and about half of them will be bored by the second verse... and someone will probably come up and talk about improving your technique and NPS (notes per second).

Play your new fave folk-pop song for a mostly trad audience, and some are sure to roll their eyes, and think you're vainly walking the road to hell, and what's worse... you're trying to take them with you.

However, the people that 'thoroughly enjoyed' your performance for what it was, will probably say nothing... but that's OK... because you know who they are.

You were there.


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