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#2159900 - 09/30/13 01:16 AM The more practice the smarter you get...  
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1) Bach c minor fantasy
2) Beethoven sonata g major 14 No. 2 (re do)
3) Chopin a flat major Ballade (schubert Impromptu A flat D935 No2)
4) Scriabin op11 prelude #2 and #14 (Re do #2, new #14)
5) Bartok. 4 old tunes and Scherzo)
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#2159905 - 09/30/13 01:52 AM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: FarmGirl]  
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I hope that learning to play an instrument helps to fight Alzheimer's!


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#2159908 - 09/30/13 01:56 AM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: Michael Taylor]  
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I tend to believe it. The cognitive processes involved must be of benefit


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#2159916 - 09/30/13 02:56 AM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: FarmGirl]  
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Participants who had spent more quality time with their instruments had “a better ability to detect errors and conflicts, and a reduced reactiveness to these detected problems.”

I like that: cultivating your ability to know when you've messed up, but without letting it mess you up further.

I can see why "reduced reactiveness to... detected problems" is associated with having spent more time seriously making music. It's a skill which has definitely taken it's time to grow within me, but I am finally finding myself getting better at releasing attachment to mistakes already past.

For some reason, that makes me think of this great video, of Chick Corea practising Bach. I love how he relates to his mistakes, as interesting opportunities to know the music better.



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#2159923 - 09/30/13 03:13 AM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: FarmGirl]  
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Could be right. Downside is, if you`re crazy to begin with . . . .musicians do have a reputation same as artists etc. It`s in their blood; artistic temperament.

Unfortunately, my Great Wise and Wonderful One doesn`t go along with this.


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#2159946 - 09/30/13 05:25 AM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: FarmGirl]  
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Quite interesting.

“the present findings suggest that playing a musical instrument might improve the ability to monitor our behavior, and adjust our responses effectively when needed.”

"Improve" means you have already this ability, right?


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#2159962 - 09/30/13 06:44 AM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: CarlosCC]  
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Originally Posted by CarlosCC
"Improve" means you have already this ability, right?


You could be starting from a baseline of zero ability and improve to a level of ability greater than zero.


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#2159970 - 09/30/13 07:19 AM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: peterws]  
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Originally Posted by peterws
Could be right. Downside is, if you`re crazy to begin with . . . .musicians do have a reputation same as artists etc. It`s in their blood; artistic temperament.

Unfortunately, my Great Wise and Wonderful One doesn`t go along with this.
LOL! It's true. That is why my husband is not a musician. There can only be one insane person in this relationship, and it's me! laugh


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#2159971 - 09/30/13 07:20 AM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: FarmGirl]  
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Yes, I believe it. I think it goes along with the common medical knowledge of divergent thinking in general. That is that children are very good at it. As people age. They lose that. Older people generally lack divergent thinking entirely. I think it has to do with how a person uses their brain. This case seems to support that.


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#2160003 - 09/30/13 08:42 AM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: malkin]  
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Originally Posted by malkin
Originally Posted by CarlosCC
"Improve" means you have already this ability, right?


You could be starting from a baseline of zero ability and improve to a level of ability greater than zero.


Yes, it's true.
Or, you could be starting from a baseline grater than zero and improve to a higher level with ease.
What I mean is that you can practice over and over a task - and you'll see progress, of course! -, but it's better to born with some kind of "natural ability". It just turns the job easier and softer.


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#2160005 - 09/30/13 08:44 AM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: rnaple]  
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Re: The more practice the smarter you get...


Not sure practice shifts one's IQ upwardly grin .. likely not or not much.

Didn't see right brain/left brain or ear playing/sight reading distinctions mentioned, but I would say playing music any way that is enjoyable for you has to have a payoff ... like maybe being able to quickly refer a journalist to someone I know who has a mind like a steel trap. whome

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#2160013 - 09/30/13 09:06 AM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: FarmGirl]  
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I am not sure if practice makes aging slower or making us smarter. But experience of music performance does seem to develop interesting skills.

The article made me think about it since I experienced car brake failure recently. I was coming home from Dog park and approaching the light. There were 3 cars parked there in front of me. I was driving slow, around 30. As soon as I pressed the brake to stop, I realized that it does not work. I was sliding. I pumped, put incredible pressures on and it did not work. I looked around the car and changed the gear to PARK position and continue to press the brake with all my might. The car finally stopped. it probably took fraction of a second. I was amazed how quickly I took all these actions. I did not panic and felt like I had infinite amount of time. Compared with performance where I often had to figure out a way to cover up my mistakes (or think where to jump to) in a fraction of the time and move on...

I did not have this ability until recently. I used not to be coordinated and it was one of many reasons my parents thought piano was good for me.




1) Bach c minor fantasy
2) Beethoven sonata g major 14 No. 2 (re do)
3) Chopin a flat major Ballade (schubert Impromptu A flat D935 No2)
4) Scriabin op11 prelude #2 and #14 (Re do #2, new #14)
5) Bartok. 4 old tunes and Scherzo)
#2160028 - 09/30/13 09:48 AM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: FarmGirl]  
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Yeah, I probably believe there is some truth to this, though the article implies the same, tired presumptive "correlation = causality" fallacy you can find every day if you read "Studies show..." news reports.

It's quite likely that people who log 5000 hours of sustained focus on a musical instrument are merely manifesting an already existent desire and ability to do so, too.


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#2160030 - 09/30/13 09:50 AM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: FarmGirl]  
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Originally Posted by FarmGirl
(...)I looked around the car and changed the gear to PARK position and continue to press the brake with all my might. The car finally stopped.

Nice move! thumb


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#2164464 - 10/10/13 01:08 PM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: FarmGirl]  
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I found it interesting that both the Stroop and Simon tasks require the test subject to quickly process material that could be inherently confusing: The word "red" written in blue, left-handed tasks showing up on the right side of the screen, etc. Learning to read music and play an instrument poses similar difficulties. The eyes must read two (or more) staves of music, often ahead of the hands. Either hand might need to play notation from either staff. The hands have to learn to move independently, playing completely different notes, tempos, etc. Not to mention all the different key signatures, use of accidentals, grace notes, dynamics, etc.

To my mind, it's not surprising that musically trained/adept individuals would respond well to the tasks used in this study. I think it would be interesting to see how those skilled in quite different areas — engineers or athletes for instance — would do with the same tasks.

This sort of research fascinates me. Here's to future studies that prove reading and discussing articles about brain research helps to preserve/improve cognitive abilities. smile

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tangleweeds, thanks very much for the Chick Corea video. It's like a four-minute lesson in how to practice piano. I used to practice the same thing over and over, and make the same mistakes over and over, until I realized I was simply practicing (and ingraining) my mistakes. Oops. Going more slowly helps, but I still tend to just play through flubs without really understanding how/what I've played incorrectly. It's inspirational how consistently and quickly Corea stops to figure out what needs fixing and how he then corrects/replays, often more slowly, until he eliminates every single flub completely. He's certainly not practicing his mistakes!


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#2164492 - 10/10/13 02:40 PM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: FarmGirl]  
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haha farm girl. i attribute all my video games to my similar reflexes!! the guy in front of me slammed his breaks on and time suddenly slowed down. i looked around my entire car, hit the breaks, turned to the left (car to the right of me) and completely avoided what could have been a serious accident all in under a second im sure. very scary!!


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#2164643 - 10/10/13 10:16 PM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: Sweet06]  
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Originally Posted by Sweet06
haha farm girl. i attribute all my video games to my similar reflexes!! the guy in front of me slammed his breaks on and time suddenly slowed down. i looked around my entire car, hit the breaks, turned to the left (car to the right of me) and completely avoided what could have been a serious accident all in under a second im sure. very scary!!


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1) Bach c minor fantasy
2) Beethoven sonata g major 14 No. 2 (re do)
3) Chopin a flat major Ballade (schubert Impromptu A flat D935 No2)
4) Scriabin op11 prelude #2 and #14 (Re do #2, new #14)
5) Bartok. 4 old tunes and Scherzo)
#2164781 - 10/11/13 08:26 AM Re: The more practice the smarter you get... [Re: peterws]  
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Originally Posted by peterws
Could be right. Downside is, if you`re crazy to begin with . . .


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