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Tenacious D would disagree with the scat thing, beyond that though I notice your characters have turned the tables on you lately Scott, do you feel that you've lost the upper-hand in the wit department somehow?
Excellent self-reference in 3. I actually laughed out loud. Twice. I'm still chuckling. Very nicely played! :)
Sorry, but if you see Cab Calloway do Minnie the Moocher you know that scat is an art form when a master does it.
Agreed on panel 3 -- and Scott's face in that panel is priceless (even if traced).
Eh, at this point, I would just be happy that at least it wasn't made by a computer.
Panel 3 Ric FTW!
I'd like to offer a counter argument:
Youtube: Guy Sings Like a Guitar
Reusing the same ten "comic" illustrations over and over again is *too* art!
Clearly Scott still hasn't come to grips with being just a TRACER.<hat tip to K.S.>
As doomed to failure as nearly* every other "that's not art" declaration seems to be.
*obligatory "except mine, of course," of course.
This one deserves applause for two solid reasons. First is frame 3; anyone that can zing themselves so brutally deserves another measure of respect. That last frame gets me, though. As much as I agree with Scott on the vocal 'guitar' solo, comparing it to scat is a bit harsh. Then again, maybe it's perfectly appropriate, since they are both a form of vocal doodling; replace the pen and paper with vocal cords and air, and you get scat. It's a shame vocal air guitar isn't named as appropriately as scat, from which we get the word scatalogical.
But... scat... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cnQCk0u49w
The fine folks of Van Canto also disagree. They sing their guitar solos. Their only real instrument is the drums.
Van Canto - Speed of Light.
While I'm at it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUWBAy3bATI
(feel free to combine these into 1 super scat post!)
Just had to toss my personal two-cents into the (clearly very biased) comment ring to let you know that I happen to completely agree with your opinion on scat "music". (I have similar feelings toward free-style jazz, dub-step, & finger nails on a chalkboard however, so my musical ear is clearly not as refined as all the scat lovers who have already posted.)
Anyway, awesome comic & don't let the "pro-scat" crowd get you down! We non-scat folks have to stick together!
You missed an argument - maybe because it's a bit brutal;"I'm not saying vocal guitar imitations *can't* be an art form, just that the way you do them is not an art form - unless it's an art form to get total stangers to call you an ambulance based on the sounds you're making."
Obviously Dee has pounded the nail exactly where it belongs. I totally concur.
How about when Michael Winslow does it?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0PuIsK2ySk.Also wondering, do you get the people you draw to dress in the superhero outfits or do you add that to the pictures yourself?
First time I've felt pity for Ric, instead of the usual contempt. Hard to divine authorial intent, but well done, I think.
Panel 2: I love how it's "artist" instead of just artist. A perfect example of punctuation providing the fundamental glue for the whole comic.
I adore Rick almost as much as I adore punctuation.
Making noises with your mouth and calling it a "guitar solo" doesn't just constitute claiming to do something without demonstrating the necessary skills to do it. It also devalues those skills, and the efforts of those who devote their professional lives to honing those skills, just as tracing over photographs and calling it "cartooning" devalues the skills of actual artists.
Scott, when you refer to "artistic expression" maybe use art of some kind, and not music. That is a totally hijacked expression. Let real artists have the one thing they get to own while alive, a moniker. You dont buy guitars at art supply stores, nor do you go to art school to learn how to play one. Musicians are musicians, singers are singers, entertainers entertain, they are not artists.
Is 'scat' not another word for shit?
But cracking us up on a regular basis with "tracing" is a great art.
"Human riff box" is my new favorite insult.
School of Fine Arts, School of Performing Arts.Both guitarists and painters are artists.Exception: Performance Art, which is neither performance nor art.
We might have a new adversary for Rocket Hat; Scatman. The way masses run in fear would have the Moon Men crazy with jealousy, and he would also be intrinsically tougher for Rocket Hat to beat. The undoing of all villians is a combination of how the heroes escape right after the villian explains the upcoming diabolical plan. However, when there's no way for the hero to understand the plan, and when he will surely be traumatized by the way it's explained, what can he do? Will he even have the mental capacity left for escape? It's just to horrible to comprehend. Forget I said anything.
Gregory Bogosian, after reading your comment, I did think of one way to take the demeaning to a lower level. What could water down musical and vocal skills more than a vocal guitar solo? Do it with autotune!
@mcinsand A vocal guitar solo done with auto-tune already exists. It is in the song "Some Nights" by the band known as fun.
Panel 3 is awesome! Is Rick zinging you, or are you zinging yourself?
By the way, I often 'sing' along with guitar solos when I listen to music, because I can't actually sing; my 'guitars' sound far better than my lyrical vocals. Maybe I have a potential career as a human riff box! Thanks for inspiring me to... to... try to be like Rick...
Um, I'm going to think this over before I make any rash decisions...
I knew there was a song with some scat in it that I liked. It has taken all this time to remember which one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlX61jTqFUM
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