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April 30, 2020
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Jazz improvisation has become a hot topic in neuroscience lately, and little wonder. Musical improvisation is one of the most complex forms of creative behavior. Research on the brains of improvisers offers a realistic task paradigm for the investigation of real-time creativity.

Researchers study jazz players for the same reason they take MRI scans of the brains of freestyle rappers, they both involve creating spontaneous works where revision is not possible, and where only a few formal rules govern the activity, whether rhyme and meter or chord structure and harmony. Those who master the basics can leap into endlessly complex feats of improvisatory bravado at any moment.

Many  researchers of jazz improvisations also happen to be musicians, including study author Martin Norgaard, a trained jazz violinist who began studying the effects of musical improvisation while earning his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

Norgaard interviewed both students and professional musicians, and analyzed Charlie Parker solos to find patterns related to specific kinds of brain activity. In this recent study, he used an fMRI to measure the brain activity of advanced jazz musicians who sang both standards and improvisations while being scanned.

While improvising, musicians show decreased activity in the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that generates planning and overthinking, and gets in the way of what psychologists call a state of "flow." Improvising might engage a smaller, more focused brain network while other parts of the brain go quiet.

Training and practice in improvisation may also have longer-term results as well. A study contrasting the brain activity of jazz and classical players found that the former were much quicker and more adaptable in their thinking. The researchers attributed these qualities to changes in the brain wrought by years of improvising.
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If you ever played Dr. Mario, you know the music can get stuck in your head for a long time. Papadosio's Rob McConnell has spent part of his downtime this month making this cool play along with the "Chill" theme from the classic Nintendo game. McConnell gets an awesome tone to match the 8-bit song. He writes that his signal chain included a Fender Mexican P bass into a Meris Enzo, then into a Darkglass Vintage Microtubes and Darkglass Compressor. His interface is the UAD Apollo.
13 Types of Bass Players

Variety, they say, is the spice of life - and when it comes to bass players, there are as many different breeds as you can imagine. Rockers, folkies, prog wizards and many more besides all find themselves lured to the low-end, each bringing their own distinct personality to bear on the instrument. Read on for a sample of the types of bassist you will encounter out there on the world's stages.
How could anyone resist an overdrive/distortion pedal that promises a "bonus feature" of Paul Gilbert's talent, countless years of experience and boyish charm? The PG-14 is certainly a cutie, with its light-blue housing and Japanese-tennis-shoe graphic. And then comes the talent and experience stuff, beginning with a complement of six controls (four pink and two black) for precisely dialing-in OD tones. It's all pretty self explanatory, with the drive, volume and tone controls being familiar friends of pedals past and present.

Moore was first profiled in Mike Varney's Spotlight column in 1985. Varney signed Vinnie to his Shrapnel recording label in 1986 and released his solo debut, Mind's Eye, which became a huge success and established Moore as one of the premier guitarists of the late '80s neoclassical instrumental shred scene. Moore became known for his melodic lyricism, structural cohesion, and diversity of style. Despite his reputation as one of the heaviest and most ferocious guitar shredders of the past several decades, Vinnie is remarkably mellow and chill.

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