Prejudice and Fear
One of the most ridiculous statements I’ve heard about music is that if it is not hard to make it, music can’t be good. If an instrument is not hard to master, the music it creates is not worth anything. Even worse - if it’s not hard to master, it’s not an instrument at all.
These statements came from musicians, piano teachers and even more musicians.
When I told an audio engineer that we’re building an instrument that turns everyone into a composer his first reaction was ‘That’s horrible. You’ll put a lot of composers out of work!’ .
After a few conversations like that I’ve learned to recognize when things go that way.
I then usually smile and tell people that everything is going to be alright. I either change subject or show them that they have nothing to fear.
Because it’s prejudice and fear talking when they say things like that. You cannot argue with fear, you can only ignore it. If you’re ignoring it consistently then it’ll go away.
What would be so wrong if everyone was a composer? That doesn’t mean everyone is a perfect genius at it. Just because many people can write a letter not every single one of them is Hemingway.
I think the core of the matter is that some musicians think that if other people can play instruments as well as them it makes themselves less special. To them I can only say that making music is like an idea.
Sharing an idea doesn’t make it smaller. Sharing makes it grow.