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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Classically lame

Posted By on 11.28.06 at 06:34 PM

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Why is it that when any musician grows up learning how to read music—standard musical notation, that is, not guitar tablature—that person is called “classically trained”? Pitchfork uses this term on its homepage today in a refer to its Joanna Newsom live review. I know it looks like I’m shooting fish in a barrel by picking on Pitchfork again, but this tendency is hardly unique to Pitchfork—plenty of other bloggers and alt-music writers do it too. I mean, how many "pop-trained" harp players are out there? I suppose it’s entirely possible that someone could purchase a harp at a pawn shop, go home and learn to play “Louie, Louie” on it, but c’mon. Put it to rest, please.

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