Originally Posted by Mike Simpson
Yes... I have seen other players study theory to the point that they used to be a better player before they became consumed with theory. And no... I am not going to name them here.
Those are just bad musicians plain and simple regardless of what they do or don't know. I would argue they probably weren't that great to begin with(?).
*I've never met anyone that suffered ill at knowing (or just 'hearing') that it's cool to hit chord tones when you go to the IV and/or the V chord ... in a blues.
From Albert King to Johnny Winter ... explaining to someone with words (which is the only way I know how to when someone asks a question in a theory forum
) that they 'hit a few chord tones' is barely any theory
. It ain't rocket science
as they say.