#45 – Piano NERDS, Bach & Wrong Notes (with guest Dr. David Servias)

Self-Defined Human
Self-Defined Human
#45 – Piano NERDS, Bach & Wrong Notes (with guest Dr. David Servias)

I invited Dr. David Servias to have a conversation with me about the Bach Toccata & Fugue fiasco. We discuss the history of the piece, why the NERDS can’t process one out-of-place note, and how I’m dealing with hate on my YouTube channel.

For the backstory, watch the original video (and read the comments 🤦‍♂️)

Thanks for listening.

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00:00:00 – I posted a cute little piano tutorial and the music theory NERDS freaked out.

00:02:39 – Bringing Dr. Servias on to help settle the debate.

00:04:22 – The list of accusations against me. Responding “appropriately.” Two kinds of nerds.

00:05:57 – David explains the controversy. What’s the Toccata and Fugue? What did I play? What were they expecting me to play?

00:11:32 – Does any of this matter? What would Bach have said? Would you have to follow his orders?

00:13:56 – The history of the Toccata & Fugue in D minor. Why’s this such a big deal? There’s no manuscript. Disney’s Fantasia.

00:26:09 – My pinned comment. Are they lying? Evolution vs. creation.

00:36:21 – How do I respond to all this? Your mom jokes. Credibility.

00:39:17 – The time a hater quoted MY OWN TEACHER to prove me wrong. Urtext editions. Was Glenn Gould a troll?

00:49:17 – Why I used “your mom” jokes to reply to comments. Are mom jokes insults? Using offense as a weapon.

00:53:24 – Doubling down. Agreeing with the haters. Making fun of yourself first. Taking the wind out of their sails. Trying all the different approaches.

00:55:43 – My videos are for adults, not kids. But I’m not making this an 18+ channel to protect the kids. Sorry.

00:56:26 – Is it wrong to delete comments? It rubs them the wrong way. Free speech. But you’re all guests at my party. Why I hate inclusivity. Facebook groups that have rules about respecting everyone’s opinions are a mess.

01:01:01 – They can make their own videos and talk about anything they want. Even trash-talking me.

01:08:23 – Why I’m not going to prove I have a master’s degree. Negotiating with terrorists. I’m not good at piano but I’m better than all of you.

01:09:50 – They don’t like my personality. How I don’t conform. They’re envious. They want respect and view it as a scarce resource.These people hate children. Generational trauma.

01:13:20 – “Bro pinned his own comment!”, “Bro wrote a WHOLE ESSAY!”. Artists vs. graffiti vandals. “You’re just doing it for views!”

01:15:47 – Am I a “troll”? There are two kinds of trolls. The word is ambiguous. I’m a “classical troll.” Trolls vs. haters. “Piece” vs. “song”. HTML the “programming language”. I’m going to keep trying to rock the boat. Paris Hilton. Howard Stern. Amy’s Baking Company.


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