Neuroscience reveals how rhythm helps us walk, talk — and even love

Rhythm is of course a fundamental part of music. But neuroscience is revealing that it’s also a fundamental part of our innermost selves: how we learn to walk, talk, read and even bond with others. From heartbeats heard in the womb, to the underlying rhythmic patterns of thought, rhythm — as one researcher puts it…

Do These 5 Things During Practice

Another excellent vid from YouTub superstar Paul Davids. It doesn’t matter if you don’t play guitar. Try these on your instrument.

Beethoven’s Hearing: Deafness & Tinnitus While Writing His 9th Symphony

Another good one from Rick Beato. I especially appreciate how he simulated both Beethoven’s deafness and tinnitus. It’ll give you an even deeper appreciation of Beethoven, and maybe even Beato. And I had no idea about the half-step “drift” that happens to perfect pitch as one ages. Fascinating.

William Short: Do More Slow Practice. Why is it SO Good? 

There are few things more challenging to remember to do (both for myself and for every single one of my students) than SLOW practice. Here is some genius advice from Bassoonist William Short. Source: Getting the Most out of Practicing — William Short

Siberian Sleigh Ride: Don Byron

Siberian Sleigh Ride, by Don Byron came on my headphones reminding me how much I love Byron’s Bug Music album (wiki). “Old” tunes, quirkily arranged, sometimes complicated, joyful, and thoroughly enjoyable. Sounds like a description of a person I like. Here’s Siberian Sleigh Ride