I would say all of these things, as well as the term itself say much more about the person expressing their importance at any given point, than the person being judged. We've all been "that guy" playing Iron Man and Smoke On the Water with one finger, and we've all been the douche nozzle that just learned how to use his pinky... but it all boils down to the fact, that we don't get better all by ourselves, and certainly not by unnecessarily critiquing the kid in the shallow end doing the doggie paddle. Just like this forum, music, by its very nature is a vast and diverse communal experience... not survival of the fittest.Been thinking about this lately after a recent experience...how do YOU define a "Hack" musician in the context of a band or potential bandmate?
List the specific qualities that you find hacky.
I would say...
- Needs to look at chords to play song
- Need to read lyrics from a print out to sing song
- Crap, pawn shop gear when they can afford better, but just don't buy it
- Has literally no concept of groove or time--what it is or why it matters
- Dresses like a bum
- Doesn't know the names of the parts of songs: like what a bridge is
- Talks of "Touring" when their ability is barely above garage jamming