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. […]

The Lost Art of Improvising Music

April 22, 2013

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As a beginner musician who is completely self-taught I am always looking for guidance on how I should practice and what skills I should focus on to become a well-rounded musician.  When one of my readers directed me towards a study by Gary McPherson, a music professional that researches deliberate practice and music, I pored […]

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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.  […]

Grit Your Teeth to Achieve Success?

April 8, 2013

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Are you the type of person who starts working on a project passionately only to abandon it weeks later when something else catches your attention?  Did you have trouble choosing your major in college or settling on a career path?  Do you struggle to stay motivated when you encounter boredom, challenges or setbacks on a […]

Choosing to Invest In Beeminder

April 1, 2013

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Last week I received an email from the folks over at Beeminder announcing the launch of a subscription membership.  As a long time user of Beeminder and a vocal fan they asked me if I was interested in signing up. Free isn’t sustainable The short history of the web is littered with examples of companies […]

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My Daily Guitar Practice Routine

March 25, 2013

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Macro of Music Sheet by Horia Varlan

When I started teaching myself to play guitar I didn’t know where to start.  Everything I tried seemed impossible.  The most simple lesson books felt out of my league.  I still struggle to figure out what I should be practicing and working towards.  There are so many types of music that I would love to […]

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If It Was Easy Everyone Would Be Doing It

March 18, 2013

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One of my readers dealt out a little tough love in the comments of last week’s post.   He thinks I am sounding defeated, lacking passion, feeling sorry for myself, not being a man of my word, and being a quitter…. I hear what he is saying Many of my recent posts have focused on […]

Overcoming Inertia and Creating Habits Efficiently

March 11, 2013

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Over two months ago many of us stated our resolutions and resolved to actually achieve them this year. I hope that you have been able to stick with yours but if you are anything like me you have probably fallen off the wagon by now. Why is it so hard to create new habits? I […]

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Kelly and Jake: Our Dating Story

February 8, 2013

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I was sitting in the library doing some homework when I first met Kelly.  Mr. Green, the librarian and resident puppeteer, walked over and introduced us.  He explained that she was transferring to the Las Vegas Academy mid-year from a school in Burbank, California. She was standing there, holding an armful of books, wearing a bright […]

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State of the Blog

February 1, 2013

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Time to Reflect In a rather impromptu manner I decided to take a break from my goals over the holidays.  For the first time in a year I put all of my Beeminder goals on hold and hopped on a plane without my guitar or laptop.  The moment that decision was made I felt all […]

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