Music Gear News
Professor spends a year strumming a guitar
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 LBPosted on 2 Feb 2012 16:13 to category : Instruments News
Related Music News
iZotope offering their critically-acclaimed mastering software Ozone 6.1 for £135, until 30th July 2015.
TC Electronic reveal the new PolyTune 2 BlackLight, made for the musician who wants a tuner that truly stands out from the rest.
The new Orange amplifiers Bax Bangeetar is now in stock. But just what is a Bangeetar?
Propellerhead’s Reason 8.3 music software update, boasting tonnes of new features, is set to be released on 30th June 2015.
Waves Gold and Silver editions now included with selected Apogee interafaces.
Building upon the their immense success with the Ditto Guitar Looper. TC Helicon have now introduced the Mic Looper to their repertoire.
Recent Music News
DOD has lifted the lid on their latest two new pedals – the Meatbox Subsynth and the Gonkulator Ring Modulator.
Its official – The UK’s creative industry is booming.
Ableton Live 9.2 is now available free to Ableton Live users. Find out about the new features!
Bring Me The Horizon, Judas Priest and Mastodon are due to share the stage with Slipknot at this year’s Knotfest, California.
The Junior Conga range by Gear4music has been released in both tuneable and non-tuneable versions.
Oscar-award winning composer, James Horner has died in a plane crash in California.