Review of "Guitar zero

The new musician and the science of learning" by Gary Marcus

Matthew Crump

Reviews the book, Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning by Gary Marcus (2012). Determined to learn the guitar at the ripe young age of 40, developmental psychologist Gary Marcus embarks on a journey of musical discovery. Along the way, he narrates his path from virtual to real-life guitar hero and intersperses his adventure with a tour through the cognitive and neuroscientific underpinnings of the musical mind. Marcus' book is organized around his foray into learning guitar. The book is aimed at the general public, and will most obviously appeal to readers with an interest in picking up a guitar. However, Guitar Zero should not be confused with a book on learning to play guitar. The main riff of the book is an overarching introduction to the cognitive science and neuroscience of musical skill acquisition. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)

Journal Psychomusicology
Year 2012
Volume 22
Issue 2
Pages 97-104

Crump, Matthew (2012) Review of "Guitar zero: The new musician and the science of learning" by Gary Marcus. In: Psychomusicology: A Journal of Research in Music Cognition, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 97-104. Available at


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