Guitar Zero by Gary Marcus

Gary Marcus is a successful scientist and author. He decided in his thirties that he wanted to learn the guitar, after a few less-than successful attempts in previous years. He took a new perspective this time around and dedicated himself to this new project. He began practicing regularly while at the same time studying the scientific literature of adults learning music later in life. He also interviewed experts in the field along with many musicians who shared with Marcus what music means to them. Some of the studies about the impact of music on the brain were very interesting to learn about. Hearing the first hand narratives of musicians talking about their craft was also intriguing. However, I grew a little weary of the author’s narrative about halfway through the book, and sort of wishing things would wrap up. This is definitely not a quick read.


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