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#1043823 - 12/27/08 11:59 AM NPR segment on learning an instrument as an adult
Markeyz Offline
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Registered: 03/30/06
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Thought the readers of this forum might be interested in this:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98754560
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#1043824 - 12/27/08 12:28 PM Re: NPR segment on learning an instrument as an adult
bluekeys Offline
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Registered: 11/11/07
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Thanks, but there seems to be a problem with the NPR site. When I click on the link for the music learning segment, I get a segment on the death of VHS tapes instead .

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#1043825 - 12/27/08 03:10 PM Re: NPR segment on learning an instrument as an adult
Evan G Offline
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Registered: 10/17/08
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Loc: Victoria, B.C.
I didn't have any problem pulling it up. It's a nice story.

It mentions lack of patience and fear of failure as primary issues for adults which I believe is correct. One thing it missed is that adults tend to have greater ability to focus for longer periods of time. I think that is the one signicant advantage I have over my thirteen year-old son when it comes to practicing and learning.

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#1043826 - 12/27/08 03:22 PM Re: NPR segment on learning an instrument as an adult
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Looks like NPR has fixed it. Interesting piece.

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#1043827 - 12/28/08 10:13 AM Re: NPR segment on learning an instrument as an adult
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Nice story, thanks for the link.
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