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Re: Neuroscientist debunks the myth of musical instinct

I've seen this myth debunked so many times...  my own development in earlier years was halted by my perceived lack of talent.  Eventually, I took lessons with a local pro who shared much of his experience being the lousiest player around, having all the faults you can imagine and working through them to become a phenomenal player.  That's my story as well, except for the phenomenal player part...  Talent is like a car, if you have one you can to where you're going faster.  But anyone who is willing to walk will also get there (and will learn to walk).  As a corollary, musicians with little talent tend to be great teachers...  they've made all the mistakes and worked through them.


On Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM, Keith Smith <kahsmith@gmail.com> wrote:
There's an interview with this guy on CBC Radio 1 starting in a few minutes (12:05) MST (-7) if anyone's interested.

On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM, Antony Hequet <antony.hequet@orange.fr> wrote:
Per I agree with your theory. I think it also has something tp do with self confidence. Self talk goes: I have been able to overcome other big hurdles before, let's see how I am going to gandle this new one!

Antony Hequet
Poet composer

On 16 févr. 2012, at 21:20, Per Boysen <perboysen@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 8:17 PM, Rick Walker <looppool@cruzio.com> wrote:
>> http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/02/a-neuroscientist-debunks-the-myth-of-musical-instinct/253125/
>> Interesting and thought provoking........not sure whether I agree or not but
>> it
>> sure raises a lot of questions.
> Thanks, that was interesting! My own experience is that learning
> becomes easier the older you get. But it only works if you're leading
> a learning life in general. And it's not because you become "smarter"
> with age but because your brain can make more synapse associations for
> each new step. Instead of drawing a totally new knowledge map in there
> the older brain just goes
> "ok-been-there-done-that-been-there-as-well... DANG!!!! Ah, that's new
> so let's connect here, here and here". It hooks up new stuff to old
> experience, but a little bit differently this time.  Just my personal
> theory.
> Greetings from Sweden
> Per Boysen
> www.perboysen.com
> http://www.youtube.com/perboysen

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