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eBook Guitar Zero

Free Guitar Zero kindle ☆ eBook 9781594203176 Ê moneyexpresscard Æ On the eve of his 40th birthday Gary Marcus a renowned scientist with no discernible musical talent learns to play the guitar and investigates how anyone—of any age —can become musical Do you have to be born musical to become musicalSimultaneously challenging the idea that talent is only a myth While standing the science of music on its head Marcus brings new insight into humankind’s most basic uestion what counts as a life well lived Does one have to become the next Jimi Hendrix to make a passionate pursuit worthwhile or can the journey itself bring the brain lasting satisfactionFor all those who have ever set out to play an instrument or wish that they could Guitar Zero is an inspiring and fascinating look at the pursuit of music the mechanics of the mind and the surprising rewards that come from following one’s dreams I was a little disappointed My interest is that somewhere around age 55 I took up the guitar I have no particular musical talent but I can strum chords consistently enough to sit in on an Old Time Jam I had hoped for a nuts and bolts description of how a middle aged person with no discernible musical learned an instrument He discusses his struggles with rhythm but doesn't have much about how he actually learned to playOddly for the first 99 pages of the book he largely avoids the topic of talent altogether claiming that anyone can learn to play It was literally on page 100 that he acknowledges that yes Jimi Hendrix began playing relatively late and was playing professionally a year after picking up the instrument People like Hendrix do not need to be taught They are born with an innate ability to comprehend the architecture of music a mystery to someone who often has trouble hearing where chord changes come even though I know what the next chord to be played is It is true that practicing and playing help develop your ear But after a brief discussion of the truly talented Marcus almost immediately wanders into the weeds of music theory interesting to be sure but not why I had originally picked up the book

Gary F. Marcus Þ Guitar Zero ePub

Of music in the human brain this musical journey is also an empowering tale of the mind’s enduring plasticity Marcus investigates the most effective ways to train body and brain to learn to play an instrument in a uest that takes him from Suzuki classes to guitar gods From deliberate and efficient practicing techniues to finding the right music teacher Marcus translates his own experience as well as reflections from world renowned musicians into practical advice for anyone hoping to become musical or to learn a new skillGuitar Zero debunks the popular theory of an innate musical instinct while Almost 40 year old professor of psychology Gary Marcus decides to learn to play the guitar even though he had been previously told he has no sense of rhythm whatsoever Marcus really desires to play guitar and so he embarks on a uest to find out if he could learn to play even at his age and with no previous or innate musical talent He sets out to explore the uestions of whether music is built into the brain and how we learn to become musicalI am always fascinated with the topic of the science of learning and this book was right up my alley I really liked the fact that Marcus not only shares with us the latest studies on the human brain with regards to music meets with and relates the views of scientists teachers famous musicians and other experts but he also applies this knowledge to himself as a new musician This personal aspect of the book prevented it from being a dry account of scientific literature His fun experience of attending DayJams a rock and roll summer camp for kids where he got to play in a band with 11 year olds made me smile as Marcus relates his innermost and honest feelings about itI especially liked reading 1 about the differences in the way children and adults learn music and that one is not necessarily better than the other 2 why learning music is hard–it has to do with our memory 3 that music taps into two different brain reward systems at the same time rendering music as cocaine for the brain–explains the rush musicians get 4 that both talent and practice matter and finally 5 that learning a new skill such as music makes us happyHaving said all this Marcus explores man's physical and mental nature in relation to music which I found thought provoking and insightful but fails to acknowledge the spiritual nature of man in relation to it The closest he comes to expressing it is when he talks about the pleasure we get from music that can be derived from a single note He states “in the right circumstance that resonance can bring a sublime almost unearthly sense of connectedness to the universe” p130Essentially though Marcus' theories stem from the belief that man has evolved From my experience in reading scientific literature evolutionists are baffled by the fact that man has a consciousness pursues music and art and has moral values The book Life Ascending while favoring a mere biological explanation admits “When we ask how a process evolution that resembles a game of chance with dreaded penalties for the losers could have generated such ualities as love of beauty and truth compassion freedom and above all the expansiveness of the human spirit we are perplexed The we ponder our spiritual resources the our wonder deepens” Indeed When it comes to music and man's love of everything it encompasses—composing playing an instrument and deriving pleasure and awe that makes our spirits soar from listening to it—it seems logical to me that this awareness and attraction to music is placed in humans by an intelligent Creator in whose image we are created and who wants us to worship him with music and song as understood in Ephesians 519 I couldn't help thinking of this as I read this bookHowever even though I don't know much about the mechanics of music I was impressed by how much Marcus learned in such a short time and how well he told it all in his new book I sometimes struggled to understand the technical guitar jargon but it did not detract from the book's overall topic at all A guitar player or any musician for that matter would have been able to relate I'm sureAfter reading Guitar Zero I have a new found appreciation for music and musicians I recommend it to all musicians parents and anyone interested in the science of learning guitar playing and music in general Marcus states “Music is the perfect storm for the human mind beautiful in form intricate and eternally new” p145 I wholeheartedly agree

kindle ã Guitar Zero Þ Gary F. Marcus

Guitar ZeroOn the eve of his 40th birthday Gary Marcus a renowned scientist with no discernible musical talent learns to play the guitar and investigates how anyone of any age can become musical Do you have to be born musical to become musical Do you have to start at the age of six Using the tools of his day job as a cognitive psychologist Gary Marcus becomes his own guinea pig as he takes up the guitar In a powerful and incisive look at how both children and adults become musical Guitar Zero traces Marcus’s journey what he learned and how anyone else can learn too A groundbreaking peek into the origins You may remember a video game named Guitar Hero You watch a screen go by with color codes and you press the appropriate color coded fret on a small mockup guitar When you press the correct fret at the right time a cool riff plays and you continue At each level the difficulty increases Not exactly like playing the guitar but for the non guitar player it can be a thrillWell this book begins with the opposite dilemma Gary Marcus began his journey as an adult without any musical ability whatsoever but he really wanted to learn to play guitar He had a long upward battle He struggled for a couple of years to the point where he brought his musicianship to the point where he was pleased His first gig was with a rock band consisting of himself as an adult and several 11 year olds at a summer camp The description of the learning rehearsing and performance is wonderfulGary Marcus is a psychology professor so this book is about the science of learning primarily about learning to play music Gary Marcus has some interesting points of view some of which you will probably have some reservations For example he writes that music is a technology It is not a language He gives plenty of examples of how new sounds are driven by new technologies Of course singing might not be considered a technology but singing harmonies in a sense is a technology Five hundred years ago harmonies were rarely heard in musicMarcus disagrees with Darwin's theory of music evolution that guys play music to attract girls He gives some carefully considered reasons for his disagreement For example he cites the lack of dimorphism in musical ability He claims that people pursue music out of passion not necessarily to become rich or popular He argues that music stars didn't exist thousands of years ago And there is no specific module in the brain devoted to musicMarcus covers a lot of ground in this book He asks but does not really answer what makes good music He writes about music theory; non musicians do not know music theory but they subconsciously understand the principles The purpose of music theory is not to forge new ground but to supply a language for sharing between musicians Marcus has enormous esteem for Jimi Hendrix who had both technical and creative abilities Hendrix did a lot of experimentation with his guitars modifying them in order to discover new soundsThis is a very engaging book and it is written on a very personal level For me as a composer I found it very thoughtful and provoked me to think in new terms For example just as progress in science is very much driven by new technologies it seems like music is also driven by new instruments approaches and technologies I recommend this book to anyone interested in how we learn music