Music and the Brain

Discussion in 'General Education' started by tootgravytrain, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. tootgravytrain

    tootgravytrain Comrade

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    Voted the best overall guitarist so many times in "Guitar Player Magazine" that he's no longer eligible (because there'd never be another), Steve Morse is an incredible teacher to me, highly intelligent (he's also been a professional commercial airline pilot) and just a great guy.

    If anyone out there can answer this, I'd be obliged. Although Steve plays the fretboard with his left hand, he's LEFT-HANDED! Like Paul McCartney was. It's always assumed that left-handed instrumentalists play instruments like this with their "strong" hand.

    In addition to that mystery, Steve can play ALL THREE sections of a song (sans drums) at ONCE on guitar (see second clip where he plays bass and ryth at the same time, something I've tried and can't do). I've seen him play bass, chords AND melody all at once on the same neck of a guitar!

    Maybe most incredible is he can play rapid runs and talk to an audience at the same time! (third clip).

    Anyone out there who knows more about how the brain operates than I do know whether this is a learned skill or if the guy is just a freak of nature? I do know some of what he plays can be mastered because I've done it with endless practice. But I've never seen anyone take it to this level other than Morse.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScAcG3vT7Wc&feature=related

    Bass and ryth at same time:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-DjZXOSUuc&feature=fvwrel

    Talking and playing:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnKE9OqTyBM
     
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    I know that those who play some kind of musical instrument are very smart. Tests and studies that have been done and have proven so.
    I have never seen this guy play, but now I want to check it out and see. He has gone beyond the expected; with hard work, and a LOT of practice. He has become a Freak Of Nature to those who are thrilled with what he does.:thumb:
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    tootgravytrain Comrade

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    Well I don't deem myself exceptionally smart, but I work hard.

    Funny that you mention "Freak of Nature" because that's the name of a Kansas album and Morse actually played with them on a couple albums (not that one) in the 80's. There's LOTS of stuff on You Tube of Steve Morse with Kansas, his own "Steve Morse Band," his original band "Dixie Dregs" and the famous band he's been with the past 20 years - "Deep Purple."

    This isn't the best quality, but it's my FAVORITE clip that shows off his diversity in one 10 minute stage act! With Deep Purple in 2007. Those "swells" he does with the volume knobs early on are so cool, controlling them with his pinkey finger.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FTWGgtZj5Q
     

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