If you’ve seen 10-year-old Japanese guitar phenom Li-sa-X’s YouTube performances, you’re probably as impressed as we are. Her preternatural ability on the instrument has garnered millions of views, frequent Guitar World coverage, and even a spot in a Japanese TV commercial.
Bookended by blazing shred performances, this interview provides a close up look at Li-sa's technique, and shows her a quick student of challenging technical exercises. This is a great example of how advanced mechanical ability can develop at a young age without overt instruction.
Oh, and did we mention? — Marty Friedman, whose command of the Japanese language now rivals the fluency of his playing, was kind enough to guest host!
This package also includes:
The Science of Prodigy with Dr. Ellen Winner
Dr. Ellen Winner is Chair of the Psychology department at Boston College, author of the book Gifted Children: Myths And Realities, and Director of the Arts and Mind Lab. She studies cognition and psychology in the arts, with a special focus on the development of creative talent in gifted children.
We've long been interested in the science behind talent development and the nature of prodigy, and Ellen was the perfect person to shed light on this.
This wide-ranging discussion touches on prodigy learning, creative cognition, brain development, and music education, and a host of other fascinating topics.
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