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jpj

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« on: March 26, 2009, 05:08:35 PM »
one of the people i play regularly at street fighter 2 is a concert pianist, and we regularly talk about our favourite musicians, and talented performers.  now personally, i believe music is very systematic, not unlike mathematics, and can be learnt by nearly anyone.  some instruments require a lot more physicality than others.  certainly, it would be harder to play mandolin if you had fat stubby fingers, etc.  so sometimes physical characteristics can be advantageous; but the rest just comes down to hard work.  legend has it that the young james marshall hendrix had never picked up a guitar before he was fourteen.

after chatting for a while, i remembered this documentary i'd seen some years ago about someone who was beyond a virtuoso status.  derek paravicini is heavily autistic.  can't tell right from left, or count to ten.  but he is a musical savante.  if i was religious, i'd call it a gift from god.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kwjDLHX92w

that's part 1 of 5.  but you can find the other parts in the Related Videos  :)

absolutely blew me away when i first watched it.  hope you enjoy  =D
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2009, 11:10:08 AM »
That was much enjoyed, thanks jpj
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2009, 11:22:52 AM »
He can hold and follow more notes simultaneous than he has fingers. as far as counting goes, 1................................
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2009, 12:53:09 PM »
Cool find jpj.  I wonder if one day there will be a savant in shmups who can just dodge any Cave TLB attack with impunity. 

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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2009, 12:18:06 PM »
narrow and obsessive interest(s) are shmups. I wouldn't be surprised if a good amount of people who play shmups are autistic. good point jpj, that never occurred to me :o
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