|first read about this in Scientific American in 2006. |
I think in some cases kids absorb music thru their parent's playing, listening etc. So, even though they might not be practicing, they're doing 'the hours' vicariously - absorbing the melodies, riddims etc. I think that's why the kids of musicians seem to have such a huge head start.
Gladwell also talks in the book about the importance of folks being in the right place at the right time... and having nurturing environments when young & meeting great mentors - Bill Gates, Bill Joy etc. Watching my daughter and Joe Pug's progress, I have no doubt that this is a critical part of the equation.
There are freaks like the kid I saw play Beethoven at a piano that was over his head. He was like 3. But for 99.99999% of us, there's nothing like practice and discipline - that is, learning things that are very hard and not easy to learn. Challenging yourself. You can practice for a trillion hours, but if you don't try to do really challenging stuff, you don't improve - that's why there are 22 year old kids who can play a circle around me, young chess players who can obliterate the old sages.
"It's not that I'm smarter than everybody, I just work on problems longer." Albert Einstein
All of Gladwell's books are great mind blowers.
Okay... back to work!!!
On Jul 17, 2009, at 12:29 AM, Art Simon wrote: