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Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of L&hellip by Gary Marcus
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay, Sept. 17 2013
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… Read more
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can&hellip by Susan Cain
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and convincing, Aug. 23 2012
I've read other books on the subject of introversion, but Susan Cain's is the only one to convincingly show the value of introversion, not just to the individual having the trait, but also to society more broadly. Our prizing of extraversion, and extraverted leadership and decision-making styles perhaps lead to the banking crisis. Our work places and schools emphasis on group work and group-think are also designed as if extraversion is the desirable norm. I look at people differently having read this book. Highly recommended.
Slings and Arrows: Season 3 <b>DVD</b> ~ Paul Gross
Slings and Arrows: Season 3 DVD ~ Paul Gross
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality, Sept. 6 2011
Slings and Arrows is cleverly conceived and well written and performed. My beef is the sound quality on the particular DVDs that were sent to me. I had to turn the sound up to three-quarters of full volume to get normal loudness, and even then the sound was low-fi and variable. The packaging looks authentic, but the DVDs perform like they have ben pirated and resold.

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