Friday, April 20, 2012

The little red piano - El pequeño piano rojo

What draws us to play, or to love hearing, some instruments above all others?

Why are 40m children in China learning the piano, a European instrument that has scant connection with Eastern culture?

What accounts for the guitar’s dominance in Western popular music?

Why do composers express their most melancholy thoughts on cellos?

These questions go beyond music. They touch on the essence of identity, aspiration, expression, history and politics, as well as what Jung called our collective unconscious… 
How you interpret any sound depends on its context and your knowledge.
More Intelligent Life asks, “Which is the best music instrument?” 

Also see this vintage guide to how to listen to music and a neuroscientist’s debunking of the myth of a "music instinct.”

via ex.plore

1 comment:

Kindermusik said...

Going back in time when we were still learning new things, each of us had learned learned the same knowledge or facts. However, not all of us learned it the same way. But with music, it seems to be the common factor for children to be informed while having fun. All kids love music. One thing that gives a piano instrument a special appeal to kids is that how you play it and how elegant it is to look at. By exposing children to those kinds of music will pave way for them to actually desire to learn it. Parents should always keep in mind that it is highly likely that a child will use or do something when they are exposed to it.