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200 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar

October 22, 2012

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Some time last week I quietly crossed over the 200 hour milestone.  I suppose some people might celebrate or make a  big deal out of it but it didn’t feel like a special day.  I sat down and practiced my 35 minutes like I do most nights.  I logged my time in Beeminder and I […]

So You Want to Be an Outlier? Don’t Plan on It.

October 5, 2012

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Almost every article you read about learning, becoming an expert, or deliberate practice will reference the 10,000 hour rule popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers.  The basic idea is that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become a master, expert or Outlier.  Many people have stretched this idea to say that […]

Sensory Overload: How Your Brain Triages Information

August 15, 2012

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What do you really hear? The other day I was listening to music in the car and a familiar song came on.  I had heard this song a hundred times before but this time it sounded different.  I could hear each pick movement as it was occurring.  Down…Down…Down-Up…Up-Down-Up…Down.  I could hear as the musician progressed […]

150 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar

July 25, 2012

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Over 9 months ago I set a goal to practice guitar 400 hours in 2 years by averaging 35 minutes a day.  I just crossed the 150 hour mark and I have to say that I am really starting to have fun.  Somewhere between 100 and 150 hours my practice sessions started sounding almost pleasant […]

10 Topics to Inspire Your Daily Writing

June 6, 2012

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About 7 months ago I set a Beeminder goal to write 750 words a day.  Since then I have written 135,000 words!   When I set that goal I thought it would force me to write material for this blog on a more regular basis.  While much of the material posted here has come from […]

Are we there yet?

May 2, 2012

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Over the last 7 months I have deliberately practiced over 100 hours on the guitar.  I have tracked and motivated my progress by using Beeminder and I have recorded myself at 50 and 100 hours to demonstrate where I started and hopefully how far I have come. To tell you the truth, I never thought […]

100 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar

April 25, 2012

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4 Tips For Maximizing Your Practice

March 28, 2012

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When I was researching deliberate practice I found a whole series of articles that took the 10,000 hour theory and concluded that if you want to learn a new skill you need to squeeze 10,000 hours of deliberate practice into your schedule over the next couple years.  If you couldn’t make that commitment you should […]

What Kiteboarding Taught Me About Persistence

February 29, 2012

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Yesterday I went on an epic kiteboarding downwinder with a bunch of friends.  The wind was howling out of the west at 35-45mph.  We launched from a skinny spit of sand on Zach’s Bay and spent the next 3 hours flying downwind at speeds up to 35mph and launching 25ft in the air.  After traveling […]

How To Practice Deliberately on Guitar

February 10, 2012

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Corbett Barr recently outlined some of the characteristics of deliberate practice over at Expert Enough. It inspired me to take the framework he laid out and describe how I use those principles to practice guitar deliberately. 1) You must be motivated to attend to the task and exert effort to improve your performance. It goes […]