The belief that a musician puts out good records simply because they are technically good on their instruments has always been a huge pet peeve of mine. I think that the overall sound, much like aesthetic in art, is more important than how it's derived. Isn't there a reason why people will be talking about Aphex Twin 'Selected Ambient Works' longer than they will be talking about ANY Yngvie Malmsteen album?? If technical skills were more important, wouldn't we all be talking about the Great Kat more?? Any thoughts??