in defense of midi files
I went back to lurking for a while, but then this came up, and I felt inspired to join the fray again.
I saw the following user review of an electronic keyboard:
"The teaching program on the keyboard makes it so easy to play. It lights up the keys and the display tells you what finger you should use to press the lighted key. And after you play along with the light up keys, it gives you a grade. It can be a bit frustrating when you know that you a[re] pressing the keys in the right order, but you still get a low grade because your timing is off. However, all you have to do is listen to the keyboard play that part again and you should be able to figure out where your timing went wrong."
At first I laughed at this poor dolt who had no concept of rhythm—but then I realized that this person will learn to at least better appreciate some of the finer points of music.
I think the same thing applies to midi files. They’re no substitute for the real thing, but they can help a newbie to dip a toe into The Music. Which is a Good Thing, right?