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This book has good content but didn't maximise the potential in an audio book format to incorporate the additional musical elements without having to constantly refer to the books website. This made for a less satisfactory listening experience.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Practice of Practice: Get Better Faster to be better than the print version?
This might be better in print, because there are pictures and graphs. Everything is available on line though.
Would you recommend The Practice of Practice: Get Better Faster to your friends? Why or why not?
I already have recommended this to my musician friends. This is a very informative and entertaining book for musicians. I noticed that friends who regularly listen to the music of others were interested. As expected, they are also the best musicians.
What about Jonathan Harnum’s performance did you like?
I generally avoid author narrators, but Jonathan Harnum obviously understands perfotmance. I like narrators who blend into the background, and allow you to concentrate on the book.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, but it is just fine to put down. It is divided into discreet sections, so it is easy to put down at the end of one and the beginning of another.
Any additional comments?
Many musicians get in their own way, and this author does a good job of addressing that. There is probably room for a follow up book on this topic alone. He reviews neuropsychology, and some studies are less than solid research, and not sufficient to draw conclusions. The author usually mentions that, and the studies are interesting and entertaining. I enjoyed the use of Youtube links for the performers he reviews. I didn't follow links for performers I already knew. From the authors discription of the others, I expected more.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Lots of really interesting content, plus a wealth of extra resources online. Very much enjoyed it. Thanks.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is a deeply rich and amazingly simple book that even a beginner with little time could understand and use and that only a master could write.
Along with the notes and the fingering and the technical details and the genres, music is an ancient language that has been in continuous use across various cultures. That is the attraction of music for most of us, professional or not. The scope of this book is very expansive - it talks about how people learn, and how we can practice, and how experts and genius have become who they are; it even goes beyond just the western traditions of music. It is a very rich book, with science and personal experience giving it depth.
And above all, personally for me, it is a generous book that gives me all the encouragement and guidance to pick up an instrument and play it. This is one of those rare times, I want to thank the author for writing this book with all my heart!