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Piano Myths: Part III

Piano Myths: Part III (See Part I and Part II) There are many young women, who, when they sit down to the piano to sing, twist themselves into so many contortions, and writhe their bodies and faces about into such actions and grimaces, as would almost incline one to believe that they are suffering great [...]

By | 2018-11-01T20:11:13+00:00 November 1, 2018|Music, Musings, Piano, Science|0 Comments

Piano Myths: Part II

(Piano Myths Part I here) Myths of Piano Touch and Tone Could you hear a difference in a single piano tone depending on the way its key is depressed? Are accomplished musicians able to discern sounds produced by a virtuoso’s hand versus those made by an object? Is there any physical approach to a piano [...]

By | 2018-06-01T14:22:27+00:00 May 30, 2018|Music, Musings, Piano, Science|0 Comments

Piano Myths: Part I

Old Myths Die Hard It’s human nature to look skeptically at information that contradicts something we believe. Once we become anchored to untruths, reality is an annoying intrusion. Psychology has terms for the ways we receive new knowledge. Confirmation bias: seeking only information that conforms to the belief, dismissing new information; Assimilation: reshaping new information [...]

By | 2018-05-28T20:22:09+00:00 April 29, 2018|Music, Musings, Science|0 Comments

Researchers ask: Why do people think total nonsense is really deep?

Someone has finally asked the question! There's no clear answer yet (despite Wonkblog's headline "Why people think total nonsense is really deep"), but researchers at the University of Waterloo have done some serious studies into 'BS Receptivity.' In a sequence of tests, participants were asked to rank the profundity of various statements. Some sentences were randomly created by two [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:38+00:00 December 4, 2015|Musings, Science|0 Comments

Past Predictions about Today’s Education

"What people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like," today's Wonkblog at the Washington Post, highlights a series of French paintings from around 1900, collectively titled, "France in the Year 2000." Looking back at past predictions is always fascinating. So many ideas centered on machinery for communication, transportation and basic household chores. (Even The Jetsons had FaceTime and Roomba [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:39+00:00 October 4, 2015|Musings, Science|0 Comments

Study Shows How Musicians Adjust to Each Other

Diagram from Inside Science News Service - Alan Wing Inside Science News Service reports on a new study that examines how members of string quartets adjust to each other's tempo. The study is published in Interface: Journal of the Royal Society, and Inside Science has a clear summary. A team of scientists and musicians from [...]

By | 2016-12-01T22:00:42+00:00 February 10, 2014|Music, Science|0 Comments