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Music Is Visual

August 29, 2013

2013-8-29-2013We think music is an auditory thing. We logically assume that our ears are most important in music. And while our ears certainly play a huge part in it, a recent study shows that our eyes are just as important if not MORE important.

….Wait, what?

That’s right. A recent study by Ars Technica (technology news and information) suggests that we judge a lot of our music with our eyes.

The study took performance clips from a music competition and asked people to guess the winner. However, one group got only the sound, one group got only the visual, and one group got both.

Guess what happened? The group that had only the visual had the highest accuracy in their guesses! And believe it or not, the group that only had the sound had the LOWEST accuracy. Wow!

You may be like, “that all fine and dandy, but what does that have to do with me?” It means you cannot ignore your visual presence on stage. 

I’m not talking about looking sexy and having all the latest fashions. I’m talking about looking like you actually know what your doing, instead of staring at your guitar the whole time or gazing at your shoes. Be confident and look confident. If you aren’t confident, fake it til you make it. Just know that people won’t let you take them along for the ride unless they can trust you are confident in where you’re going.

If your music is exciting, then make the visual exciting. Easier said than done, but give it a shot. Next rehearsal, get everybody on board and start getting comfortable with your body. It’s gonna be like learning another instrument, but it’s worth it!


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