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Tone deaf and all thumbs? : an invitation to music-making for late bloomers and non-prodigies

Author: Frank R Wilson
Publisher: New York, NY : Viking, 1986.
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Publishers Weekly: Convinced that everyone has an inborn ability to make music (a ''biological guarantee of musicianship''), California neurologist Wilson, who came late to piano playing, here presents a picture of the brain and muscular system to help nonmusicians to understand that the human body is a ''natural learner.'' He describes, in admirably untechnical language, the biology of rhythm and tempo, how we hear  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wilson, Frank R.
Tone deaf and all thumbs?
New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1986
(OCoLC)565258270
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank R Wilson
ISBN: 0670808423 9780670808427
OCLC Number: 12420342
Description: xii, 210 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1: Is music a physical culture? --
2: Pumping ivory --
3: Fast fingers and hot chops --
4: Did you hear what I just heard? --
5: What's the pitch? --
6: That sounds like music --
7: High altitude hearing --
8: Time in your hands --
9: Those dark spots in front of your eyes are notes --
10: Show time --
11: If at first you don't succeed, be grateful --
Coda.
Other Titles: Invitation to music-making for late bloomers and non-prodigies
Responsibility: Frank R. Wilson.

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Publishers Weekly: Convinced that everyone has an inborn ability to make music (a ''biological guarantee of musicianship''), California neurologist Wilson, who came late to piano playing, here presents a picture of the brain and muscular system to help nonmusicians to understand that the human body is a ''natural learner.'' He describes, in admirably untechnical language, the biology of rhythm and tempo, how we hear and see, the intricacies of musical notation; he tells what it's like to perform in public. Drawing comparisons between music-making and athletic skills, Wilson also tries to clarify such mysteries as tone deafness, perfect pitch, sight reading, memorization and ``pumping ivory.

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