I'm sure people have talked about this here before . . . I think technology is really messing with a lot of musicians - especially young ones. It's a shame, really. A lot of kids could be really good . . . if they would just get the hell away from their computers and practice a little bit!! While it's true there's a wealth of information available now, and computer technology can be great, how is it being used? To what end? Easy and affordable access to high powered computers and DAWS means that a lot of mediocre/poor ideas come to fruition - ideas that should have been killed seconds after birth. During the writing process, a lot of young musicians are very quick to jump in front of a computer before they have an idea of where they're going. The result is songs that sound like a bunch of riffs strung together without any direction or purpose. No groove, poor transitions, etc, etc. Before they know it, they're leaning on the limitations of technology rather than being creative. They're hemmed in because they're spending time on TECHNOLOGY rather than learning how to be creative. The result: less time learning how to make music, and more time making, uh . . . STUFF. A good example is a band that wanted me to join. One of the members writes everything on a computer. Then the band spends hours discussing how they can do this on the computer, that on the computer, etc, etc. But the reason I'm not joining their band is not because of technology issues; it's because A) their songs SUCK, and B) They don't even play the songs they wrote that well. I didn't have the heart to tell them that they all need to shut their computers off and go practice their damn instruments. Problem is, they've spent so much time tweaking their songs on a computer, and they've invested so much time and emotional energy on it, that they have no distance. Gone. Poof. The 'Suck' detector is gone because they're caught in a technology vortex. Any wonder why they've been through three bassists in the past six months? Yeah, I have a computer. I use a DAW. I Have mics and preamps and drum software and EQ plugins and soft-synths and all that happy crap. But my most important piece of technology, besides my ears, my hands, and my bass . . . is a metronome. That thing that goes tic tic tic and tells me when my timing is off. Sometimes it's the simple things . . . You know, man, they designed the Empire State Building with paper and pencils - and the thing is still standing. We did a lot of good stuff fin this world before computers. And hey, young-uns; forget the damn TABS already!! Just use your freakin' ears, will you?!! That way you'll know what a major third is, what a harmonic minor scale sounds like, etc, etc. You won't have to look at my fretboard while I play. You can just LISTEN to what I play and work it out for yourself. Do that over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again, and you'll become a musician, rather than some guy who plays a guitar, can program a drum loop, but doesn't know anything about music. Now, on to my tenth cup of coffee . . .