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I want to share a resource that has helped me immensely as I work to learn new music and improve my performance. This forum and its participants have given much to me, so I’m happy to have something worthwhile to share.
I’m a second-year fiddler, ex mandolin, on the hunt to learn as many old time tunes as I can, as quickly and efficiently as I can. I have professional background in industrial training so I understand how to structure learning activity.
I recently discovered Dr Molly Gebrian, a professor of viola at Univ of Arizona. She is a classically trained violist with a background in neuroscience. Molly brings a sound understanding of brain function to the music world, with its reliance on time honored learning and practice methods. She does not intend to replace traditional approaches -- whether studying at Juilliard or learning on the front porch. Rather, her methods make it all easier, more efficient, and less painful. It’s a great blend of art and science.
Molly has a series of videos that show musicians how neuroscience research can inform and improve our learning and practice. Her written materials range from practical “cheat-sheets” to serious scholarly works. Her website is https://mollygebrian.com/. Highly recommended.
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I found all the videos & will watch them as soon as I sign out, will check out the rest of her site, too.
Love this topic - here's links to threads along similar lines:
3 Essential Ingredients of an Effective Practice Session Thread - Josh Turkett is a neurologist & musician, with great videos.
Your Brain on Music a Book Topic Thread
@Strabo Thanks for posting this. I’ve only watched the first Music & the Brain video so far:
(What Musicians Can Learn About Practicing from Current Brain Research: Part 1)
This video is the most succinct explanation of how practicing works & how important it is to do it the right way. Excellent information. I will definitely watch the others.
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