Post Mortem

In safe hands

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/22/2020 12:50:42 PM IST

 One categorical fact that people, irrespective of diverse age groups, come into accord with regard to music is that it generates a far-fetched impact upon their lives in more than one way. Its influence doesn’t end there but goes further by enhancing the environment that surrounds them. To compute its persuasion would be an almost unattainable undertaking as it has transformed millions of lives across the globe.

Looking at the current milieu in Nagaland, music has a big place. There is a natural inclination to music and this innate proclivity is the product of two evenly alike key factors; that is, inborn and cultural weight. For this reason, the people in our domain, irrespective of gender, age, occupation, community, or geographical location, tend to believe that life becomes one-sided in the absence of music. This credence that we hold with much affection has a sphere of influence owing to the plain piece of evidence that music brings life in its entirety.

There is, of late, a great interest in classical music in which classical guitar has held a place in the revival. Alongside the development, a menacing matter is in attendance as in delving into the inner issues; it has indicated that a sensitive case is involved for it basically points to the fact that the Nagas become irresistible to shortcut. We want to do things our way and that way is an easy way. It is a familiar adage that anything that comes so easily vanishes in the like manner.

To understand its polyphonic form; it requires consistent engagement with the instrument for a good number of years and this has been one of the major reasons for abstaining from the classic six-stringed instrument among the musically inclined people. Conscious of this demand, they switch their spotlight to an easier course and manage to cherry pick the musical gadget that deems fit to the demands of the popular culture of the day. A huge compromise is made in trying to find the middle ground. In other phrasing, it demands discipline. Doesn’t it require discipline in any other disciplines if one is to thrive in one’s area of interest? Hence, the enthusiasts who realise the dearth in the popular way of life simply turn their back and take an imperative shift. 

With this reading, I have come to an understanding that having mere information in music is insufficient if one is to go beyond the conventional setting. Unfolding the depth would require serious learners to procure both the studious and practical knowledge. Theory and practice are two of a kind that is indivisible. Without theory; practice has no base and in the absence of practice; theory is dormant. 

Among scores of musical devices, the classical guitar is one such instrument which is intricately carved. Being polyphonic in its form; it produces harmony and melody simultaneously.  It takes an enormous amount of quantitative and qualitative time for a novice to attain the state of a guitarist in its true sense. The proper meaning of this terminology, however, is being distorted time and again and the title is tagged at random to any player too soon.

The great towering giant of the guitar, Andres Segovia said, “The Guitar is the most unpredictable and least reliable musical instrument in existence... and also the sweetest, the warmest, the most delicate, whose melancholic voice awakes in our soul exquisite reveries.”

This very unpredictable fundamental nature reminds us that the guitar is a practically complex musical instrument. If you have the guitar in your hand then that’s a great occupation but a greater accountability is implicated as well. It is not wise to snip the responsibility involved to attaining that criterion that has been fixed at a higher scale. You are solely accountable to fulfil that benchmark as a mini universe in itself is in your hand. 

Those who have refused to go along with the easier path will begin to benefit from the provision that music generates. There is a true sense of delight as the novice proceeds further. The deeper the learner immerses the greater the degree of contentment. Hope the musical community in our setting finds its definitive meaning and can safely say in harmony, “it is in safe hands.”

Bito Lohe

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