Guitar Zero: The Science of Becoming Musical at Any Age

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On the eve of his fortieth birthday, Gary Marcus decided to fulfil a lifelong dream and learn to play the guitar. He had tried many times before failing, miserably. This time, he decided to use the tools of his trade as a cognitive scientist to see if he might succeed. In a quest that takes him from Suzuki lessons to the feet of the guitar gods, Marcus discovers how to practise efficiently; how to find the right teacher, no matter what you re learning; what middle-aged brains do better than teen-aged ones (witnessed through the performance of his first band, Rush Hour); how to manage stage fright; how music changes the brain; and much more. He also brings insight into the question, is the pursuit of a passion reward enough? A groundbreaking exploration of the allure of music, his journey is also an empowering tale of your mind s ability to grow throughout life.

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On the eve of his 40th birthday, renowned cognitive psychologist Gary Marcus decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and learn to play the guitar, investigating how humans “make” music and how anyone of any age might master a new skill. His quest takes him from summer jam sessions with 12-year-olds to classes with guitar gods, where he discovers the best ways to learn. Marcus’s book is an empowering case for the mind’s ability to grow throughout life.

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"Gary Marcus, one of the deepest thinkers in cognitive science, has given us an entertaining and enlightening memoir, filled with insight about music, learning, and the human mind." --Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature.

[Guitar Zero] is an easy read and uncovers some interesting facts… If this book had a chorus, it would scream: “There’s still hope!; BBC Focus

"Marcus is one of the smartest psychologists around, a deep thinker and an eloquent writer, and the story he tells is informed by the best science of perception and learning and evolution, talent and effort, genius and frustration and success. If you have ever dreamed of becoming a musician, you simply must read Guitar Zero." --Paul Bloom, author of How Pleasure Works

"Guitar Zero is a refreshing alternation between the nitty-gritty details of learning rock-guitar licks and Mr. Marcus's survey of the relevant scientific literature on learning and the brain. For those who look forward, in "retirement" to honoring the lifelong yearnings they have neglected, Guitar Zero is good news." --Norman Doidge, Wall Street Journal

‘Science and story are woven together with abnormal skill, and fascinating information comes non-stop… With a likeable narrator and beautifully precise writing, this is one of the best science books and best music books you’ll read this year.’ The Word magazine review, August issue

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