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Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning Hardcover – Jan 24 2012


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (Jan. 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781594203176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594203176
  • ASIN: 1594203172
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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The book was interesting but if you are looking for that aha moment on becoming musical at any age take a pass on this book, you won't find the answer between the its covers.

The book is more of a psychology paper on why it is possible but nothing on how the author actually succeeded. I was so disappointed when I came to the epilogue and realized - oops - this book isn' t what I was expecting.
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A good read and somewhat informative. I was expecting a few more Eureka moments. Sad to see it hit the bargain bins at Chapters so quickly.
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By susan on Jan. 19 2014
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Gary Marcus writes in a way that reflects the thoughts I have had, being an older, first time guitar player; as well as a teacher of young children. I totally related to the learning/brain theories and how this related to learning an instrument for the first time. I found myself making notations on every page as I read.
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By PMac on Sept. 17 2013
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Perhaps my expectations were too high, or perhaps I just expected something else. I had hoped that this book would provide some insight into my own learning, and especially some insight into how to learn better or easier--as a fifty-year-old who has recently taken up guitar after years of wishing I could play. Marcus tells us that learning an instrument is hard work. And of course, that's true, but I already knew it.

I guess it's my fault for hoping for a magic pill, when I should know by now that there is no magic pill. The book is a readable account of an older learner's journey towards becoming a musician, interspersed with some music theory and learning theory. I that's what you want, maybe you'll rate it more highly.
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