jobabrinks 2010-08-07 - 1:03pm

Has technology created better musicians?

It's been a while since we had a cognitive discussion, so here goes.
I read an article about whether or not technology and Google is making today's kids smarter.  They have access to encyclopedias, novels, and dictionaries and other resources at the tip of their fingers due to the internet and computers.  When I was growing up, I had to haul my ass to the library to get all of that shit.
Now, with music, kids have Youtube tutorials, online tabs of most songs you can imagine, software that slows down licks without changing pitch, and karaoke versions of songs where you can hear vocal harmonies without having to figure them out.  I barely had any of this and didn't really start getting tabs online until about I was already 24 or so.
But.  For some reason, it doesn't seem like players are really much better than they were years ago.  There seems to be no substitute for hours of practice and sitting down with a record player and copying licks ad nauseum, the rote process of learning to read music, and taking the initiative to play and interact with other musicians.
In the same vein, I don't really believe kids are too much smarter these days even though they really should be.  Any thoughts?

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