No. Rules are there to be understood and adopted as general guidelines. You can't decide a rule doesn't apply in a particular case until you understand what the rule says.Originally Posted by jazzobizz
Breaking a rule for good reason is the mark of a true artist, one who understands the rules well enough not to be imprisoned by them. Breaking a rule through ignorance is the mark of an ignoramus, one who does not understand the rules well enough to know that they exist in the first place. The difference generally shows in the results.
Edit: I apologize if my tone was a bit harsh. This is something I feel rather strongly about. Too many people are claiming that they don't need to learn the basic rules and principles, because they're supposedly outmoded. Nothing could be further from the truth, IMHO.