Originally Posted by SomeBunghole
Punk convinced people that it was enough to play 3 chords in order to be successful. That isn't necessarily a problem in and of itself, except when you only know those 3 chords. As Sting said about the early Police, "we may have only played 3-4 chords, but we knew hundreds." Big difference between playing a few chords because those are the only ones you know, and playing a few chords because you consciously select them.
Either way, like hip-hop today, this leads every 15-year old in the country to believe that being a musician is something that takes effort. It's possible for bands today to form, buy instruments, learn to play them, and have a hit in less than a year. Which is just so wrong, on so many levels.
At least white children are learning to play instruments. They might only no 3 chords, but atleast they no something. I'm 19 and beside myself, and I only know one other black person, (my cousin) that plays an instrument.