Saturday, December 19, 2009

A question regarding musicianship and learning

Is there a difference in the way musical concepts are represented in the brains of musicians who learn on stringed instruments vs pianos? This thought occurs to me because the spatial relationship of notes is much more evident on a stringed instrument: the spacing of the notes on the fretboard follows a distinct and simple pattern, the twelfth root of two. This just means that the space between each fret is reduced by a regularly increasing amount as you go up the neck.

I'm wondering if this recognizable spatial pattern causes more visual areas of the brain to be used in playing or writing music, as compared to a musician who's training is on the piano.