Born Stupid: Your Plastic Brain, III

Originally posted on The Practice of Practice:
neurons Man is unique not because he does science, and is unique not because he does art, but because science and art equally are expressions of his marvelous plasticity of mind. ~Jacob Bronowski ——————— Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with…

A child’s brain develops faster with exposure to music education

This study’s findings were so similar to another recently published study, I had to look back to make sure this wasn’t a repeat. It’s not. The evidence keeps rolling in. But let’s remember, the real benefit to making music is that it’s its own reward. It’s easy to forget that when we’re scrambling to find “useful” reasons…

This Might Melt Your Brain: Anna-Maria Hefele Sings 2 Notes At Once

The overtone series is the sonic example of the Golden Ratio, and it underlies all music (and all sound, really), no matter where the music comes from. Brass players are intimately familiar with the overtone series (also known as the harmonic series), even if they don’t know what it’s called. Produce sound through any tube (like didgeridoo, shofar, flute, bugle, trumpet, garden hose, etc.) while keeping the length of the tube the same (i.e. don’t push keys or valves), and you’ll hear the overtone series. With practice, you can do it with your voice, too, as demonstrated by singer Anna-Maria Hefele in the video below. After her demonstration, there’s a couple more video of what overtone singing sounds like in a piece of music.