Improvisation: Here Comes the Sun

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Richard Grayson is one of the world’s greatest improvisers but he doesn’t play jazz. His chosen idiom is the entirety of classical music from about 1600-1950.  He takes a melody and reinterprets it in a new style, suggested by audience members, in a couple of minutes. Here’s recent example. Here Comes the Sun (by George Harrison) in […]

Learning the piano makes your brain bigger?

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A recent study from the University of Vermont College of Medicine shows that learning the piano doesn’t just develop your child as a musician. The study, performed by 56-year-old psychiatrist James Hudziak, doesn’t show basic increases in IQ tests, as previous discredited studies were wont to do (leading to the dismissal of the so-called “Mozart […]