A group of scientists from the max Planck Society, have discovered that the brains of pianists who prefer jazz, during the execution of works as those who play mainly classical music. The study showed that from a favorite genre depends on what aspect of the music attention in the first place.
To participate in the experiment, the researchers invited 30 professional pianists, 15 of which were classical, and 15 — jazz, and asked each of them to repeat the movements of animated hands playing the piano. The arm sometimes “wrong”, pressing an unexpected key or using not the right finger. In parallel, the specialists watched how during the exercise changed the brain activity of the musician.
As shown by the results obtained, classical piano, while playing much more attention to the fingering, that is fingering, while their colleagues playing jazz, followed, in the first place, for the notes. Also, experts have noticed that jazz musicians it is easier to adapt to errors in harmony — it’s not too surprising when you consider that jazz is much more “features” to improvisation than classical music.
As experts note, their study suggests that the genre in which he prefers to play the piano, depends not only his style of play, but also, to some extent, thinking. It also suggests that practicing in several different genres can be useful for a musician than is commonly believed.
In addition, the obtained results can explain why during the same concert many pianists it is difficult to perform both classical and jazz compositions.
The study was published in the journal NeuroImage.