The top five topics that set off classical guitar flame wars on the internet
A ‘flame war’ for those of you who are unfamiliar, is a heated discussion that can easily devolve into childish mud-slinging. The anonymity of the internet has made flame wars all too common and you just have to read the comments of any given you tube video to find remarks ranging from stupid to down right vulgar. I find it very interesting how quickly people will turn nasty when there are no consequences. It always makes me wonder what people are not saying in normal social situations.
Here are some of the most contentious guitar topics on the web…
The bestest mostest of all time(est)
Arguments about opinion seem to be a little pointless, but that’s just my opinion. The best guitarist, the best guitar, the best string, Spruce vs. Cedar
I once uploaded some program notes that I wrote when I was in my first years of university. The content was written on a little known work by J.S.Bach entitled Chaconne BWV 1004. Wow. Big mistake. I received so many messages from everywhere saying that the information was ‘bogus’ and that the article itself was ‘deplorable’ that I took the article down. Admittedly, the article was of a poor scholarly level and I did not want to spread mis-information, but my first experience with the internet’s very particular style of scrutiny was a little shocking. I kept thinking, can’t we all just get along?
Apoyando vs. Tirando
This epic tug of war was started by guitar heavyweights in 19th century Paris (More like 7th century Uganda, check your facts mate!) and it still rages in the guitar forums of today. Which way do you tug?
Specifically tied to the Delcamp forum is a particularly perturbed pluck of guitarists that feel they have been victimized on the forum. In some cases they claim to have posts removed and in others they have been banned entirely. The cases for and against censorship on the Delcamp forum are strong, but you cant argue with the Mod. Because he has the delete button.
Some people get a kick out of stirring up trouble, some are passionate, and some just feel the need to abuse but there are a certain few who regularly appear amidst the flames… you know who you are.
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