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Old 01-08-2017, 05:24 AM
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Default A new website on learning guitar

A friend of mine is starting to publish some of her PhD work on learning jazz guitar on a new web page, released today. I thought some of you might like to follow it, although it's early days yet.

https://thescientificguitarist.wordpress.com/

You can sign up to be part of her research on-line in the "current studies" tab. She is a great jazz guitarist, a composer, a pure improvizationist, and is starting her doctorate at Dalhousie University. I suspect that this blog will be a large part of her thesis development, which is in the area of "music cognition", or how we think about music and playing the guitar.
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Another blog update, getting quite good reviews actually, among professional guitarists (I follow her on face book too, so I see all sorts of comments). Enjoy!

https://thescientificguitarist.wordp...the-fretboard/
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This could be very interesting. The "embodied" graphic is the most useful I have seen for translating notation to the fretboard. Her commentary is insightful.
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Thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-04-2017, 10:28 AM
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Thanks so much for pointing this out.

I would participate in her study in a second, but I can't read music, at least with any facility.

Meanwhile, I thought this particular passage was tremendously insightful:

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An experienced player can look at a chord chart or scale pattern and play it easily why? Because they are not playing the chart they are responding to an internal representation an embodied motor pattern, honed over years, of what the chart represents. But to a novice, who has not developed this embodiment the visual diagram offers little in the way of motor or kinaesthetic information. This information may be provided by a teacher during a lesson, but if the teacher does not offer it or if the student is learning alone from a method book (as is common Degner & Lehmann, 2003; Berard, 1998) then a student may become frustrated.
Yep, that about sums it up for me.

This issue also arises for me when I watch an artist play something on youtube that I think I can replicate, but when I try to do it, my mind and my fingers/hands do not mesh. Unless you have the FEEL and the motor discipline, you are going to be "off."
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