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#GuitarChat Guest No. 2 : Gary Marcus

by guitarkadia on December 28, 2012

in #GuitarChat

Gary Marcus, scientist and author of The New York Times Bestseller “Guitar Zero”   was a #GuitarChat guest on Twitter this coming January 15th, 2013 at 9pm (ET).

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[A] Read about how #GuitarChat works  [B]  List of future #GuitarChat guests

 

Topic: “Science of Learning Guitar.”

* join in on Jan 15th and you can win a copy of “Guitar Zero”

 

BIO: Gary Marcus (excerpted from GaryMarcus.com)

Gary Marcus ProfileGary Marcus is an award-winning professor of psychology and director of the NYU Center for Language And Music (CLAM), where he studies evolution, language, and cognitive development.

He has written four books about the origins and development of mind and brain, including the New York Times Bestseller Guitar Zero, and Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of The Human Mind, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. He is also the editor of the The Norton Psychology Reader and the author of numerous science publications in leading journals, such as Science, and Nature. His essays have appeared in forums such as Wired, Discover, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.

Most recently, he has been writing blogs on neuroscience, psychology and artificial intelligence for The New Yorker.

 

Archive of #GuitarChat with Gary Marcus – January 15, 2013 at 9pm (ET)

 

And we are live, with @GaryMarcus for the second #GuitarChat. Welcome, Gary!!

 

@Guitarkadia @GaryMarcus How do you learn new things? Are u learning new songs or musical concepts? Video? Lessons? #GuitarChat

 

@DLP_DSM: @Guitarkadia @GaryMarcus How do you learn new things? Are u learning new songs or musical concepts? Video? Lessons? #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@DLP_DSM I focus on music concepts, rather than songs. love improvisation as way to understand how music works #guitarChat@Guitarkadia

 

@GaryMarcus Did you pick up the guitar and try to play when you were younger? #GuitarChat

 

@Guitarkadia: Tonight’s #GuitarChat with @GaryMarcus starts in about 4 minutes. Plz join in, ask questions, RT, MT. Giving away 1 copy of Guitar Zero.
Retweeted by Amanda Lin Costa

 

@DLP_DSM Videos, books, websites all have their place, but so do great teachers, who can spot what u miss #guitarChat @Guitarkadia

 

@GaryMarcus @Guitarkadia focusing on concepts and improv is the way to go! Add a dash of technique too. Thanks for the reply!#GuitarChat

 

@Guitarkadia Never tried guitar, was terrible at recorder, tried piano in grad school :) Definitely had zero natural talenet #GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus is Guitar Zero your first book? Had you written on the topic previously? #GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus MT @DavidSWallens:I’m 42 & took up gtr a yr ago.I have lessons once a week & practice when I can. Any tips? #GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus: @DLP_DSM Videos, books, websites all have their place, but so do great teachers, who can spot what u miss #guitarChat @Guitarkadia
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@GaryMarcus @Guitarkadia yes indeed – and teachers can also pat you on the back :) #GuitarChat

 

Please use #GuitarChat hashtag when you’re asking @GaryMarcus a question. Thanks!

 

@DLP_DSM: @GaryMarcus @Guitarkadia yes indeed – and teachers can also pat you on the back :) #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@TheLoneOlive Guitar Zero was my 4th book, first about music, and first about myself. All on science of the mind. #GuitarChat@Guitarkadia

 

@GaryMarcus Do you remember the moment things clicked for you in terms of learning the guitar? The aha moment? #GuitarChat

 

@DavidSWallens #1 advice: focus on yr weaknesses, don’t just practice what u already know. What r u working on now? #GuitarChat@Guitarkadia

 

@GaryMarcus “first about yourself” — how was that experience as a writer? More nerviois for reviews? :) #GuitarChat

 

@TheLoneOlive: @GaryMarcus “first about yourself” — how was that experience as a writer? More nerviois for reviews? :) #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@Guitarkadia First big Aha came in learning minor pentatonic & joys of improvisation. powerful motivator 2 make yr own music#GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus Right now I’m trying to get more comfortable playing along with a beat. Tonight I’m playing with GarageBand. #GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus Why do you think it was the minor pentatonic? Why did you respond to it in terms of improvisation? #GuitarChat

 

@TheLoneOlive Most reviewers were kind, perhaps because the book is so humble. Never said I was a rock star :) #GuitarChat@Guitarkadia

 

@GaryMarcus And I admit that some chords need some work. I’m looking at you, F. #GuitarChat

 

@DavidSWallens: @GaryMarcus And I admit that some chords need some work. Im looking at you, F. #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

Writer @GaryMarcus of @NewYorker & author of Guitar Zero is answering questions about the #science of the mind & #music live on#GuitarChat

 

@DavidSWallens Playing with a loop/ drum machine is great, esp if u periodically mix up the beats to keep self engaged & focused#GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus: @DLP_DSM Videos, books, websites all have their place, but so do great teachers, who can spot what u miss #guitarChat @Guitarkadia
Retweeted by Jacinto D\u00e1vila

 

@GaryMarcus HA. Did you include a CD? How would they know? It sounds very interesting, look forward to reading it. #guitarchat

 

@DavidSWallens @GaryMarcus Garage Band is a terrific way to get a hold of rhythm physically. Keep musicking! #GuitarChat

 

@DavidSWallens great practice to gradually increase tempo; u can do that automatically w my iphone app Chatternome #GuitarChat@Guitarkadia

 

#GuitarChat with Guitar Zero author @GaryMarcus is in session. Come join in and ask questions.

 

#GuitarChat with Guitar Zero author @GaryMarcus is in session. Come join in and ask questions.

 

@Guitarkadia #guitarchat minor pentatonic speaks to many because of its emotion; relatively simple to play, almost culturally universal

 

@GaryMarcus did the Chatternome or the book come first? @DavidSWallens #guitarchat

 

@GaryMarcus: @Guitarkadia #guitarchat minor pentatonic speaks to many because of its emotion; relatively simple to play, almost culturally universal
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@DavidSWallens F is hard, and wait til you get to barre chords. some people use Gripmasters to strengthen their fingers #GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus Yes, I think it’s named F for a reason. Okay, so long as it’s not me. #GuitarChat

 

@TheLoneOlive I did the music 4 the audio book version of Guitar Zero, and there are some samples on NPR Weekend Edition site.#GuitarChat

 

@DLP_DSM: @DavidSWallens @GaryMarcus Garage Band is a terrific way to get a hold of rhythm physically. Keep musicking! #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Gary Marcus

 

@GaryMarcus How many hours were you practicing back then? How many hours do you now? #GuitarChat

 

@TheLoneOlive: @GaryMarcus did the Chatternome or the book come first? @DavidSWallens#guitarchat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@DavidSWallens: @GaryMarcus Yes, I think it’s named F for a reason. Okay, so long as it’s not me. #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@GaryMarcus music played npr. 1st step to “rockstardom” :) – which is more popular, the book or the audio version? #guitarchat

 

@TheLoneOlive @davidswallens wrote chatternome after book manuscript was finished, before book published. #GuitarChat #musicgeek!

 

@GaryMarcus Can you learn some things better on the guitar at an older age, having gained life experience, as they say? #GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus: @TheLoneOlive @davidswallens wrote chatternome after book manuscript was finished, before book published. #GuitarChat #musicgeek!
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@TheLoneOlive: @GaryMarcus of @NewYorker &author of Guitar Zero is answering ?s about #science of the mind &music live on #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Kevin Revolinski

 

@Guitarkadia @GaryMarcus If there’s an advantage to starting later, I could afford cooler stuff. Now, to learn how to use it…. #GuitarChat

 

@Guitarkadia practiced 6 hours a day first few weeks, then typically average of 30-60 min/day #GuitarChat

 

Giveaway q coming in about 15 minutes. You can win a copy of @GaryMarcus book Guitar Zero http://t.co/BGElICH3 Plz include tag#GuitarChat

 

@TheLoneOlive You are too kind! :) (don’t know sales figures, wish ebook had music, too) #GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus: @Guitarkadia practiced 6 hours a day first few weeks, then typically average of 30-60 min/day #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@GaryMarcus: @Guitarkadia practiced 6 hours a day first few weeks, then typically average of 30-60 min/day #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Jacinto D\u00e1vila

 

@Guitarkadia some things – like composition and music theory – come more naturally to adults. not so finger dexterity or pitch.#GuitarChat

 

Q: Thinking about getting a bass, mainly because I love the sound. Plus, I’m in this to just learn how music is made. Advice? #GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus How close are you from doing your 10,000 hours? :-) #GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus: @TheLoneOlive You are too kind! :) (don’t know sales figures, wish ebook had music, too) #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@Guitarkadia was it the author, musician or businessman that came up with the idea to create an app? #GuitarChat

 

@TheLoneOlive: @GaryMarcus was it the author, musician or businessman that came up with the idea to create an app? #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@DavidSWallens #GuitarChat @Guitarkadia pick an instrument you love, that’s the first step! upright or electric?

 

@Guitarkadia: @GaryMarcus How close are you from doing your 10,000 hours? :-)#GuitarChat
Retweeted by Gary Marcus

 

@Guitarkadia #GuitarChat > 1,000, < 10,000, but see my TEDNYC talk; that number is an oversimplification

 

@GaryMarcus @Guitarkadia Debating between electric or acoustic. I love the Fender Kingman, but probably will do electric. #GuitarChat

 

This http://t.co/P94Utgy8 MT @GaryMarcus: @Guitarkadia #GuitarChat >1,000,< 10,000, but see my TEDNYC talk; that # is an oversimplification

 

This http://t.co/EdOYY2Pu MT @GaryMarcus: @Guitarkadia #GuitarChat >1,000,< 10,000, but see my TEDNYC talk; that # is an oversimplification

 

@GaryMarcus: @Guitarkadia #GuitarChat > 1,000, < 10,000, but see my TEDNYC talk; that number is an oversimplification
Retweeted by Jacinto D\u00e1vila

 

@DavidSWallens #GuitarChat Ibanez short scale electric bass is great for beginners (esp with small hands). NXT electric is gorgeous

 

@GaryMarcus Has learning the guitar changed other aspects of your life? Productivity, thinking, research? #GuitarChat

 

@jacintodavila:MT @GaryMarcus: @Guitarkadia #GuitarChat >1,000< 10,000,but see my TEDNYC talk;that # is an oversimplification #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@GaryMarcus Thanks. What about a baritone guitar? PRS has one that’s also tempting. Mainly, I want something that growls.#GuitarChat

 

@Guitarkadia Learning guitar has made me a more balanced person & introduced me to grat new friends (and changed my science).#GuitarChat

 

@DavidSWallens go with what you love! (but you can make a ukelele growl with enough distortion :)#GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus Love that ‘Changed my science’! How so, can you just give us a quick idea? #GuitarChat

 

@Axplyr1968: @Guitarkadia @GaryMarcus Yes, Indeed. It has to me that hard work, practice,dedication can lead to great things. #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@Guitarkadia I used to study how kids learn language, now I can compare and contrast w music; great to broaden one’s mind.#GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus Don’t tempt me with the ukelele. I’m sure one will eventually pass through our front door. #GuitarChat

 

Another Q: Any tips for performance anxiety? I just can’t get comfortable playing in front of anyone. #GuitarChat

 

@Guitarkadia biggest impediments for older learners: fear, desire to learn too much too fast/self-criticism. #GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus: @Guitarkadia biggest impediments for older learners: fear, desire to learn too much too fast/self-criticism. #GuitarChat
Retweeted by DLP Music Program

 

1st to respond w/ how many books @GaryMarcus has written, using #GuitarChat hashtag, wins a copy of “Guitar Zero”Hint:http://t.co/BSFkYI2t

 

@GaryMarcus: @Guitarkadia biggest impediments for older learners: fear, desire to learn too much too fast/self-criticism. #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Jacinto D\u00e1vila

 

@DavidSWallens: Another Q: Any tips for performance anxiety? I just can’t get comfortable playing in front of anyone. #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 
 

@GaryMarcus: @Guitarkadia biggest impediments for older learners: fear, desire to learn too much too fast/self-criticism. #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 
 

@Axplyr1968 There’s definitely a place for appreciating the masters, but also a joy that comes from the journey #GuitarChat

 
 
 

@GaryMarcus: @Guitarkadia biggest impediments for older learners: fear, desire to learn too much too fast/self-criticism. #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Brandon Nelson

 

@GaryMarcus: @Axplyr1968 There’s definitely a place for appreciating the masters, but also a joy that comes from the journey #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@GaryMarcus: @Axplyr1968 There’s definitely a place for appreciating the masters, but also a joy that comes from the journey #GuitarChat
Retweeted by DLP Music Program

 

@Guitarkadia @GaryMarcus Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Thanks. This was a good experience. & I was practicing the entire time.#GuitarChat

 

Thank you @GaryMarcus for agreeing to stay on for extra 10 minutes to answer questions. #GuitarChat

 

win copy of Guitar Zero by @GaryMarcus answer how many books has he written. hashtag #GuitarChat Hint: http://t.co/Oq0oFZ5p …

 

@GaryMarcus @Guitarkadia Sweet–sure. Thanks. David, please. #GuitarChat

 

@Guitarkadia @GaryMarcus Yes. And thanks from the floor. #GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus What’s your next guitar related project? #GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus Without a teacher’s help, how does one become aware of weaknesses / blindspots during practice? #GuitarChat@Guitarkadia

 

@Guitarkadia next project = Daddy Zero / teaching my newborn son to love (and perhaps play) music #GuitarChat

 

@ShanRajasekaran #guitarchat you answered your own question: teachers (at least those with keen eyes) are indispensable.#GuitarChat

 

MT @ShanRajasekaran @GaryMarcus W/out a teachers help,how does 1 become aware of weakness during practice? #GuitarChat#GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus: @Guitarkadia next project = Daddy Zero / teaching my newborn son to love (and perhaps play) music #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@GaryMarcus Thanks. Any recommendation for an ear training software / app? #GuitarChat

 

Thank you so much @GaryMarcus for being a #GuitarChat guest tonight! Looking forward to your upcoming projects!

 

Guitar Zero by @GaryMarcus is now available in paperback http://t.co/BGElICH3 #GuitarChat

 

@ShanRajasekaran: @GaryMarcus Thanks. Any recommendation for an ear training software / app? #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@ShanRajasekaran I like Guitar Interval on the iPhone #GuitarChat

 

@GaryMarcus: @ShanRajasekaran #guitarchat you answered your own question: teachers (at least those with keen eyes) are indispensable. #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@Guitarkadia: Guitar Zero by @GaryMarcus is now available in paperbackhttp://t.co/BGElICH3 #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Gary Marcus

 

@GaryMarcus: @ShanRajasekaran I like Guitar Interval on the iPhone #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

Tonight’s #GuitarChat with @GaryMarcus will be archived here soon. Stay tuned. http://t.co/PUAAlP26

 

@Guitarkadia: Guitar Zero by @GaryMarcus is now available in paperbackhttp://t.co/BGElICH3 #GuitarChat
Retweeted by William Chamberlain

 

And of course, thank you to everyone who joined #GuitarChat tonight. Appreciate your taking an hour of your time for this.

 

@wmchamberlain: RT @Guitarkadia: Guitar Zero by @GaryMarcus is now available in paperback http://t.co/BGElICH3 #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Guitarkadia

 

@Guitarkadia: Guitar Zero by @GaryMarcus is now available in paperbackhttp://t.co/BGElICH3 #GuitarChat
Retweeted by Intellectualist

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