Pete Townshend claimed that rock music was not dead, but that guitar-based rock was, simply because virtuoso musicians had "exhausted the possibilities" of the instrument.
However, guitarist Who stated that similar trends were developing in more recently developed forms of musical expression and that things would change again in the future.
"The guitar could lose ground, but in part it is because if you pass an hour on Instagram or YouTube, you will quickly discover unknown people playing the guitar in the way a great orchestral violinist like Yehudi Menuhin could have played his instrument" , Townshend said al Dallas news in a new interview.
"These are virtuosos of the highest order. They can destroy like Eddie Van Halen or play jazz like John McLaughlin. They literally ran out of guitar possibilities. This kind of virtuosity is already happening with beat-box rap and laptop-supported pop. Everything will change again, perhaps faster than guitar music – who knows? "
He continued: "It's … the" rock n roll "based on the guitar that is losing ground, not the rock itself. The hip-hop is rock for my ears: music for the neighborhood, the street, the private, the trampled, the young, the ignored. This was the one I focused on. Now I try to write real works and I want my work on stage to be like an art installation – and why not "Kanye West did the same thing."
Townshend framed his arguments in the ambit of the ever-changing music industry, noting that many young artists hoped to put their songs on TV shows in hopes of making better money than they could through streaming services and even getting a greater visibility. "I'm not complaining," he added. "I had my day when a TV show would pay $ 350 for playing a song in a series. (CSI was my retirement fund). Some of us, many of us, have not entered this business to be millionaires or billionaires; we just wanted to connect, raise the bar, make people dance, unite. "
He described himself as "dependent" on music on social media. "I think I'm connected today to around 20 or 30 young musicians and artists that I wouldn't have found without Instagram, YouTube and BandCamp. This is living in the moment for me. "He continued:" We will solve it, we should not panic. There are always positives and negatives in the new technology. "
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