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May 21, 2020
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Rats prefer the sound of silence to Beethoven and Miles Davis - except when they are on drugs.

Then, they prefer the jazz.

These are the results of a controversial 2011 study by Albany Medical College, in which scientists exposed 36 rats to 'Für Elise' by Beethoven and 'Four', a brassy jazz standard by Miles Davis.

The rats overwhelmingly preferred Beethoven to Davis, but they liked silence best of all.

In the second part of the experiment, the rats were given cocaine and played Miles Davis over a period of a few days. After that, the rodents preferred the jazz even after the drug was out of their system.

The research, according to scientists, showed rats can be conditioned to like any music associated with their drug experience.

In the months after Albany Med's paper was published, it attracted criticism from groups opposing animal testing.
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We don't feature a ton of bass play-alongs here, but when Francis Allen shared this one, it was too darn groovin' to ignore. Here's Fabienne Gilbert laying it down on Jaco Pastorius' fun and funky tune, "Come On Come Over."
 
 
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Dave Wakeling hit "Save It for Later," is a bouncy, infectious skapop gem. The song's tuning, D, A, D, A, A, D, This tuning flummoxed two of the most acclaimed and commercially successful in guitarists rock history. "The tuning was meant to be DADGAD but I screwed up," he joked, "but it has a nice sort of Celtic poignancy, I think. Anyway, one day Pete Townshend phones me and says, 'I'm sitting here with David Gilmour, and we're having a bit of trouble finding your tuning for 'Save It for Later.'
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In a career that has spanned 55 years and yielded an equal number of albums, José Feliciano feels that the experience of recording is just as exciting as the day he started. No matter what kind of guitar I'm playing or what kind of style I'm exploring, it's always a complete emotional experience for me. Playing the guitar is such a personal thing. I have a relationship with the instrument. It talks to me every day. It asks me, 'José, how are you feeling today? Are you sad or happy?' And I get to answer it when I play. 

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