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23 Jul 2008
This is something that has been bugging me since I started playing, and I don't think I'm alone in that. The question of which is more important: talent or practice? Well, I've been reading a book called "This is Your Brain on Music" written by Daniel Levitin - a prominent recording studio engineer who decided to get a PhD and dedicate the rest of his life to music research. This is what it has to say about the matter:

"The strongest evidence for the talent position is that some people simply acquire musical skills more rapidly than others. The evidence against the talent account - or rather, in favor of the view tat practice makes perfect - comes from research on how much training the experts or high achievement people actually do... In several studies, the very best conservatory students were found to have practiced the most, sometimes twice as much as those who weren't judged as good. In another study, students were secretly divided into two groups (not revealed to the students so as not to bias them) based on teachers' evaluations of their abilities, or the perception of talent. Several years later, the students who achieved the highest performance ratings were those who had practiced the most, irrespective of which "talent" group they had been assigned to previously."

This gives very convincing evidence of what Kris has been telling us all along. We assign the label of "talented" to those who have already achieved great skill through many hours of practice. It should be encouraging to anyone who wants to be a great musician.

I'm interested to hear your thoughts on this.
3 Jul 2008
I would love to see a blues lesson in the style of R. L. Burnside and other country blues artists. Thanks!
Here's some other example artists:
11 Apr 2008
I would really love to see some blues slide guitar lessons on here. It's such a distinctive and soulful style. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, just type in "blues slide guitar" in youtube and you'll get thousands of great videos. Here's a few that I really like:

I think Ivan (once he finishes his Delta Blues Workshop, of course wink.gif or David Wallimann would do a great job at this, since they have the blues coursing through their veins, but anyone else is welcome to give it a shot. Come on guys, what do you think?
9 Apr 2008
This is the first half of Ivan's delta blues lesson. I'm still working on the ending. Thanks Ivan!

Let me know what you think. wink.gif
9 Apr 2008
I just bought a new Ventura Dreadnought a few weeks ago, and I was really happy with the sound, until the unthinkable happened. All of the sudden, when I play my D string a little harder I get this nasty buzzing noise, and I can't figure out where it's coming from. The rest of the strings sound fine. When I play 5th fret on the A string and 10th fret on my low E, I also get the same buzz. It doesn't look like it's hitting any of the frets. All I can think of is that something is loose in the guitar, and the frequency of the A is making it resonate and rattle. Any ideas? Would this be possible to fix, or am I screwed?
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