Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Professor spends a year strumming a guitar

A professor has taken a year off work to learn how to play the guitar.
Professor spends a year learning to play the guitar
A professor who took a year off work to learn how to play the guitar has released a new book documenting his story to master the musical instrument.

Gary Marcus, a cognitive psychologist from New York, US, took a sabbatical from academic life to allow him the opportunity to really dedicate his life to learning how to strum guitar strings and learn chords, reported the Star Tribune.

However, it was no easy task as he recognised from a scientific point of view that adults, unlike children, take longer to learn new skills.

While spending time educating himself on the ins and outs of being a decent guitarist, Prof Marcus found himself brooding on music in general.

"You could ask from an evolutionary perspective why anyone plays music in the first place," he told the online news provider.

"I don't think music is innately wired in the brain. It's a difficult skill. So why do we do it?"

The 41-year-old added that as his fingers got used to holding awkward chords and his mind began understanding the theory behind arrangements, everything began to fall into place.

He is now in a position where he likes to improvise on tunes instead of learning by heart how to play certain songs.

Famous self-taught guitarists include BB King, Eric Clapton, Prince and Eddie Van Halen.

Posted by LBADNFCR-2133-ID-801281717-ADNFCR Posted on 2 Feb 2012 16:13 to category : Instruments News

Related Music News

thumbnail

Electro Harmonix have released a teaser for their forthcoming pedal the Key9.

21 Aug 2015 14:26
thumbnail

QSC the high-end professional audio company, have announced that their TouchMix Control app is now available on Android devices.

19 Aug 2015 14:48
thumbnail

Jim Dunlop are offering the chance for you to hand in your old strings at Gear4music, York, and try some Jim Dunlop Super Bright electric strings for free, this Saturday (22nd August 2015)!

19 Aug 2015 11:10
thumbnail

Medeli’s Cubeat MIDI drum machine, designed for iPad, Mac and PC, is now in stock at Gear4music.

12 Aug 2015 14:58
thumbnail

Pioneer has officially launched the new Pioneer DDJ-SB2 DJ Controller

10 Aug 2015 16:13
thumbnail

Avid has launched Pro Tools Control, a free app for iOS via iTunes allowing users to take wireless control of their favourite audio and video software.

10 Aug 2015 10:34

Recent Music News

thumbnail

Gear4music has now added USA hand built pedal brands JHS, Wampler, Caroline and J Rockett to their extensive range of electric guitar pedals.

1 Sep 2015 16:56
thumbnail

Find out how you can win a cutting edge QSC Powered PA System worth £2,700!

28 Aug 2015 10:05
thumbnail

Pioneer DJ Announce Firmware Updates for CDJ and XDJ Decks

26 Aug 2015 16:13
thumbnail

Yanagisawa have confirmed they will be sponsoring Saxophone Day 2015 at Birmingham University.

26 Aug 2015 15:42
thumbnail

Former Guns ‘n’ Roses members won’t comment on a reunion but iconic members Slash and Axl Rose have put their differences aside.

24 Aug 2015 17:03
thumbnail

Novation are offering the chance to win a classic 80s Novation OSCar Synthesizer if you already own or purchase a selected Novation synthesizer* before 31st August 2015.

21 Aug 2015 16:20