Articles Misc

The skills of a guitar player will only evolve through consistent practice. This we know. The difficulty lies in actually practicing when we practice. Most of you know what I’m talking about, but for those who might not understand, let me set the scene.It’s morning. You've just had a second cup of coffee. You’re feeling energized and motivated to become the best guitar player you can be. You strut...
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If there were a Pocket Field Guide to Dating Musicians, it would read like this:This species can best be viewed in its natural habitat, under the colored lights of nightclub stages — and in the drier months, anywhere there’s free beer.At the front stands the lead singer, scientific name Egos maximus, a close relative of the peacock. Don’t look him directly in the eye; he views this as a mating cal...
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Prove It

Category: Misc

When Alan Turing proposed his famous ‘Turing Test’ in 1950, its purpose seemed clear: prove that machines can think, and thus exhibit the same mental faculties of human beings. His medium of choice was a text-only conversation, as it eliminated all variables except the essence of the conversation itself – what was being communicated. But as you can imagine, he found it difficult to define the proc...
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“Can you prove that you’re self-aware?” “That’s a difficult question, Dr Tagger. Can you prove that you are?” Such was a conversation that took place in the film “Transcendence”. Regardless of the film’s scientific veracity, the logic that underpins this exchange is arguably the most relevant enigma in the concept of ‘sentience’. We all know that we feel things, and to a large extent we can ...
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Singularity

Category: Misc

There are several definitions of this word in the dictionary, including: - “A trait marking one as distinct from others” - “Something uncommon or unusual” So it’s fair to say that the isolated use of this word implies that something is special, original, or unique. These are things that most, if not all musicians aspire to, in our quest to create art that defines our time on Earth. We struggle to...
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