I’m sure when I was young I just thought my guitar hero, whoever it might have been at the time, had a natural aptitude for playing the guitar and actually learning to play the guitar was something only classical guitarist did because, you see, I also thought it was pretty easy to strum a few tunes on the guitar and that there was also a lot of room for errors.

guitar zero book cover imageIt’s only as you get older you realise what it takes to develop a skill like playing the guitar well and understand the hours of obsessive practise that goes into it.

I think this is what puts older people off learning a new skill. Here is a psychological angle of learning and in particular learning the guitar. Because of my age and recent passion for learning guitar skills this resonates with me a lot.

“As a teenager, Gary Marcus wanted to be a scientist. Two decades later, as a professor of cognitive psychology atNew YorkUniversity, he wanted to learn to play the guitar. And, more important, he wanted to understand how he was learning it.

In “Guitar Zero,” Marcus uses his musical midlife crisis to frame a discussion of the science of adult learning and music’s effect on the human brain. For the past couple of decades, developmental psychologists have believed that complex skills, such as playing an instrument, are best acquired during brief windows of time, usually in early childhood, when the brain is more malleable.”

For the full story at The Washington Post