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Taconicus Criticism at singarounds (493* d) RE: Criticism at singarounds 07 Nov 13

Personally, the idea I find most unwelcome in criticism of folk music is that there is a particular way a song "should be sung." When it comes to folk music (and analogously, most art), there is only "I like it that way" and "I don't prefer it that way" it's all subjective. Similarly, there are those who like a song sung differently each time, and others who quite prefer it be sung exactly the way they're used to it. It's a matter of preference, nothing more.

Going back to the original question, I agree with those who said that criticism should be given only when asked, and then only in private, and in a constructive way. And if, in private, you want to make a suggestion to a singer about how to make his singing or playing better, it's always possible to talk about techniques without implying that there was anything wrong with his performance.

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