try hard as i did, i couldn't understand what u were trying to say in the last line.
anyway, my idea wasn't to challenge ur status as a guitarist or musician which u have set earnestly to defend. if u remember, i never questioned that, and in fact reckon u as one of the best here.
but that doesn't invalidate the fact that u might still be wrong or yet inaccurate or yet can progress with ur approach to the instrument. and that's all that original post intends to do for anyone "to become a *better* guitar player."
ur view of things is very simplistic, and i admit i once shared exactly the same view as urs. and i'm sure all who learn to play like me at the beginning think and do exactly as u say... that's natural. but that shouldn't mean that what is natural is necessarily the best thing to do.
u never went on thinking what a particular finger ought to do and stuff... thats ur problem, thats my problem and thats generally the universal problem. but those who would go about doing that would naturally possess a much better understanding of their physiology and nerves, and only when they know themselves and their parts more intimately would they possess a far greater control over their system. consequently, what might take a 'general' beginner months of intense hard work, practice and not to forget the utter pain in learning such a thing as the barre chords, would be far easily done by one who knows exactly what part of his fingers, hands and arms are obstructing the right formation and fingering of those chords and causing the pain. he will at once pinpoint the problem and soon get over it. can't u see they will tide over this difficulty so much sooner than the rest who are groping in the dark, all the time trying different postures, positions and praying they'd get it right this time? and still of course the harder thing to get it right everytime always remains.
yet, tell me this frankly, if u somehow did even learn the right way for yourself, can u teach any other person what to do to overcome the pain, except that "practise hard, it will come to you. that's the only way" as u've been advising so many people right here on so many issues? the fact is U CAN'T, cuz u urself don't know what exactly u did to fight that problem, u only somehow found out a very personal and chance solution to the problem once and stick to it all the time. i guess "try hard, that's the only way" is such a basic philosophy which students needn't spend all their money on to learn from a guitar teacher when they are going thru the dark times. what they need is a practical solution that will show them THE way to do it, cuz there MUST BE a way to do each and every thing right.
and all this while, we're only discussing barre chords. things get much harder ahead when guys start learning scales and leads and are having difficulty with their finger speed and stuff. what teacher who possesses such an incomplete information about the very basics of guitar playing do in that case? again, "try hard"?
and c'mon, knowing more about urself physically, mentally, emotionally isn't such a bad thing after all! it helps to know urself full well to realise all ur potentials, just as well as ur weaknesses precisely so that u can work and improve upon them.
Many times I've lied, many times I've listened
Many times I've wondered how much there is to know...
Mellow is the man who knows what he's been missing
Many many men can't see the open road...
Many is a word that only leaves you guessing
Guessing 'bout a thing you really ought to know...