What do you think is better or sounds better?
There are a lot of posts on this subject, and it tends to bring out the worst in people. I suggest looking through the older posts and reading what has already been posted.
Getting a new conversation started on the subject will probably not be very productive.
Well, pilgrim, I’ll meet you out front of the saloon, and we’ll see who’s left still standing. . .
Is that what I get for trying to be sincere?
It must take a W.A.S.P. (or Lutheran) to be a hornet.
Besides, what about the Croatian harp technique? And the left-handed back-facing dyslexia technique?
The hornets’ nest has been stirred up more times than we can count.
What more can any of us say that we haven’t said before? None of us has gotten anyone else to budge in their opinions.
Besides, some of those past threads are monuments to our collective stubbornness and orneriness. It’s only right that we should direct people to them so that they can be admired by many.
All I know is that I no desire to repeat myself. I have said what I have to say on the subject, as have most of us. Going through it all again would just be a non-productive use of our time.
I think the point of studying a method is to reach your individual best. Music is a collective language and the culmination of all who came before us. Learning how they did things gives us something to measure ourselves against and a point of reference for our individual whims and caprices. I know that if I had stayed in Minneapolis and never studied with Lucile Lawrence and Alice Chalifoux, I would be a very mediocre player of limited ability and conception, if I were even still playing. They helped me to dedicate myself, and to be at least a pretty good player. I have built on what they taught me and brought myself up to what I never thought possible for me. I think that is the beauty of good method. A good method is also flexible and accomodating to all interpretative requirements. A great actor is not bound by their method, but supported by it. The ones who are “method” actors are limited in their scope and choice of roles. These forums have helped me to pinpoint my thoughts, so I appreciate the discussions, even if they have been at times unnecessarily contentious. It has certainly been educational. Thank you all.
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