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Learning to Dance in a Year

July 23, 2013

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How many hours of practice does it take to learn how to dance?  It took Karen Cheng 500 hours over a year and her video tracking her progress over time is a viral hit with almost 3 million views in two weeks. I was blown away when I saw this video and have been thinking […]

300 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar

July 1, 2013

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Over twenty months ago I set a goal to practice guitar 400 hours in 2 years.  I recently completed my 300th hour of deliberate practice and I have recorded and edited another video to track my progress. Over the last 50 hours I focused on improving my sight-reading abilities and practicing barre chords (My Daily […]

Slow and Steady Approach to Becoming a Chef

June 24, 2013

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It is a common belief that you either know something or you don’t.  That skills and knowledge are somehow gifted to some people and not to others.  The truth is that we all lie somewhere on a spectrum from knowing very little to knowing a lot and that only through practice can we climb the […]

My Plan to Fix My Writing Routine and Stop Sucking

June 10, 2013

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My recent post “Why I Quit Reading For 45 Days” sucked.  I wrote the post under time pressure and as the deadline approached I had to stop writing and start editing even though I knew it was in poor shape.  As soon as I hit publish I felt regret, shame, and disappointment. I started this […]

Interleaved Practice: A Secret Enhanced Learning Technique

April 29, 2013

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Have you ever heard of interleaved practice? If you had asked me the same question a week ago I wouldn’t have known what you were talking about. In fact I was stumped when my Dad asked me what it was and since I thought he said “interweaved” I struggled to find an answer on Google. […]

Anything You Can Do I Can Do Also

April 15, 2013

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I find it amazing and motivating that humans continue to push the envelope of performance in every domain year after year.  I was doing some research on deliberate practice and music and I came across this quote (emphasis mine): Recently we investigated historical changes in music performance by focusing on the complexity of performed music.  […]

Pushing Through a Learning Plateau on Guitar

December 3, 2012

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Last week I shared some of the conventional wisdom for pushing through a learning plateau and this week I want to share how I applied that wisdom to tackle my own learning plateau on guitar. Reflect on How Far I Have Come While I was writing last week’s post I referenced a post on base-skills […]

Pushing Through a Learning Plateau

November 26, 2012

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It is amazing how quickly you can progress when you start learning a new skill.   It is self-reinforcing, motivating and downright addicting to make advances every day and it is easy to get used to that feeling.  Unfortunately, everyone eventually hits a spot where they stop making obvious improvements.  A learning plateau. I hinted in […]

Most Popular Types of Goals On 43Things.com

November 19, 2012

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43Things.com claims to be the world’s largest goal-setting community with over 3 million members setting goals, sharing their progress and cheering each other on. I recently discovered the site and have found myself returning several times to check out their list of Most Popular Goals.  Unfortunately the goals are not grouped or organized very well.  […]

Learning the Guitar Fretboard Using Anki Flashcards

November 5, 2012

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Last week I committed to taking the first steps towards getting started with Anki and I am happy to report that I met that goal.  I am just getting started but I can already see that Anki and spaced repetition will  be a powerful tool for helping me learn the guitar.  Before I describe my […]