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"This Is Your Brain On Music" by Dan Levitin, author of "The Organized Mind

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Mar 12, 2020 - 3:17:08 AM
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3402 posts since 1/2/2004

I'm about halfway through this book:

Daniel Levitin, THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC: THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN OBSESSION (2006).

Very readable study of perception.

I recommend it. I won't go so far as to say all Old Time Banjo Players should read it, but maybe at least every other member of the "guild" should give it a try.

Play hard,

Lew

Mar 12, 2020 - 4:22:25 AM
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dbrooks

USA

3791 posts since 3/11/2004

I read that book a couple of years ago and found it both enlightening and enjoyable. I agree that it is very readable. Many of its points have faded from my memory, but I do recall that he takes issue with the belief that musical talent is born rather than made. One example is that when people were asked to sing a pop song that had significant radio play, most sang it in the same key as the recording. They may not have been good singers but their brains selected the right key. I share that example, along with a couple of others, with my banjo students, especially the older ones.

David

Mar 12, 2020 - 9:02:14 AM

m06

England

8733 posts since 10/5/2006

Lew, I have Daniel Levitin’s book but have twice put it aside before finishing it. Very interesting in parts especially the real life examples he cites, but also, for me, almost unreadable in parts when he expands on the neurology at work.

The positive is that your post puts me in mind to give it another try...

Edited by - m06 on 03/12/2020 09:06:38

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