The motor representation in pianists and string players
Performing music at a professional level is arguably among the most complex of human accomplishments. A pianist has to bimanually coordinate the production of up to 1800 notes per minute. Similar motor control demands are placed on violinists who additionally have to cope with unusual biomechanical constraints to hold the violin. This chapter discusses the neuroanatomical and neurophysiological peculiarities of musicians' brains. Because most musicians start their musical training very early in life and continue to practise throughout their entire life, the brain structures involved in the control of musical functions are constantly stimulated and thus shaped.
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