[Dixielandjazz] Right Brain

Trumpetom at aol.com Trumpetom at aol.com
Wed Sep 10 21:52:01 PDT 2003

I'm not sure I agree with the theories. I have traumatic damage to my right 
frontal lobe. There is still a large area of inactivity in that part of my 
brain. I had to learn to talk, walk & write all over again. Short term memory is 
still a major problem. I need a lead sheet in front of me most of the time 
because I will forget what tune I am playing (even when I am actualy playing it). 
Music reading has taken four years to come back to where it was; at first I 
could not remember key signatures, repeats, DSs. BUT improvising actually 
improved, apparently because I am no longer burdened with as many rules of theory 
and because I remember fewer of my own "comfort zone" phrases. Maybe my brain is 
built backwards from the theories.

Tom Loeb
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