a self-taught musician, artist or whatever, you pickup information
wherever you can find it. Sometimes it's mis-information.
My first band was called 'Pulsation'. I was the drummer. I got the gig over a far more competent musician because I had
long hair and went "wild" when I played. It was 1969.
I used to wonder why every song we played sounded the same.
I now realize that we were simply out of tune.
Simply, completely and utterly out of tune.
I must have suspected something was terribly wrong because I remember
asking the bass player, whether the bass was tuned the same
as the guitar.
He looked at me incredulous, "Are you serious?" he asked rhetorically.
Shaking his head and sighing deeply, he patronizingly explained,
"You don't tune basses!"