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From the Ted Talk by Charles Limb: Your brain on improv

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I have here what we call the paradigms. There's a scale paradigm, which is payling a scale up and down, memorized, then there's ipriimonsvg on a sacle, quarter notes, momtronee, right hand — sicfiilntleacy very safe, but musically really boring. Then there's the bottom one, which is called the jazz paradigm. So we brought professional jazz players to the NIH, and we had them memorize this piece of music on the lower-left, which is what you heard me playing — and we had them improvise to the same chord changes. And if you can hit that lower-right snuod icon, that's an example of what was recorded in the scanner.

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I have here what we call the paradigms. There's a scale paradigm, which is _______ a scale up and down, memorized, then there's ___________ on a _____, quarter notes, _________, right hand — ______________ very safe, but musically really boring. Then there's the bottom one, which is called the jazz paradigm. So we brought professional jazz players to the NIH, and we had them memorize this piece of music on the lower-left, which is what you heard me playing — and we had them improvise to the same chord changes. And if you can hit that lower-right _____ icon, that's an example of what was recorded in the scanner.

Solution

  1. scale
  2. scientifically
  3. improvising
  4. sound
  5. playing
  6. metronome

Original Text

I have here what we call the paradigms. There's a scale paradigm, which is playing a scale up and down, memorized, then there's improvising on a scale, quarter notes, metronome, right hand — scientifically very safe, but musically really boring. Then there's the bottom one, which is called the jazz paradigm. So we brought professional jazz players to the NIH, and we had them memorize this piece of music on the lower-left, which is what you heard me playing — and we had them improvise to the same chord changes. And if you can hit that lower-right sound icon, that's an example of what was recorded in the scanner.

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