Rock/Guitar/Tongue (study)

Playing a rock guitar solo with one’s tongue may be an impressive feat, but how are such solos actually rated by musicians (and non-musicians)?

Dr. Marco Lehmann, Dipl.-Psych., M.Sc. of the Fakultät für Erziehungswissenschaft, Psychologie und Bewegungswissenschaft der Universität Hamburg, along with Prof. Dr. Reinhard Kopiez, Professor für Musikpsychologie an der Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, have recently performed a unique study which investigated not only tongued solos, but also finger-tapping and over-under techniques.

“We conclude that the technical difficulty of a performance is not self-evident to the recipient and depends on the rater’s degree of musical competence.“

See: ‘The influence of on-stage behavior on the subjective evaluation of rock guitar performances’ in: Musicae Scientiae, December 2013, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 472-494.