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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 […]

Diagnosing and Resolving a Problem Using Deliberate Practice

May 6, 2013

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Most articles on deliberate practice describe the general guidelines but rarely detail an actual example.  I recently experienced a classic arc of deliberate practice where I encountered a problem, struggled to make progress, diagnosed the issue, simplified my approach, improved my technique, failed to follow through and then finally implemented the lessons learned. Encountering a problem […]

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.  […]

My Daily Guitar Practice Routine

March 25, 2013

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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 […]

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 […]

Quantified Self Meetup: Show & Tell Talk Outline

November 12, 2012

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This coming Thursday I will be attending my first Quantified Self Meetup and have signed up to give a Show & Tell talk.  This is the part of the program where people describe projects or self-experiments they have done.  In order to give some structure and continuity to the talks the QS moderators have provided […]

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 […]

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 […]