|Net Efekt, via Flickr (CC license)|
|It might as well be
PHP to me…
In my bio, I refer to myself as a semi-geek: I use many online and computer-based tools quite effectively. But I’m not a programmer. I don’t know how to code beyond basic HTML. I rely on my network of real geeks for coding and server-side help when needed. I manage to get a fair amount of fairly sophisticated online work done on my own, but I know my lack of coding ability definitely holds me back in some areas.
I’m also a self-taught musician. I play guitar, mostly by ear. I can follow chord notations and charts, but I never learned how to read music. I’ve still managed to write many songs, and I enjoy playing. But I’m very limited in a jamming situation with other musicians because I don’t really understand music theory — the underlying structure of the music. I haven’t been disciplined enough to learn my scales, so my fingerpicking and lead abilities are severely limited.
Right now, my husband is teaching himself keyboards and music theory. I’m amazed at how much he is learning, and quickly. He’s also a consummate software engineer, programming in several languages.
It seems to me that my status as a semi-geek has an awful lot in common with my musical illiteracy. I don’t feel any compelling need to rectify either situation, but I just thought it was interesting.