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Choose Your Own Adventure… I Mean Blog Post

August 8, 2012

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There has been a lot going on around here lately and I have experienced some serious highs and lows.  I have so many thoughts and stories and lessons I want to share that I don’t even know where to start.  That is why I am turning to you, my Most Loyal Readers.   Please vote […]

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 […]

Achieve More with Beeminder

July 11, 2012

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I don’t know if you have noticed, but all my blog posts go live on Tuesday night.  Why Tuesday night you may wonder? It just so happens that my Beeminder blog post graph will crash if I don’t tend to it by midnight on Tuesday.   In other words, if I don’t write a blog post […]

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 […]

Focus on Base-skills to Build a Solid Foundation

March 7, 2012

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A couple days ago I was practicing guitar and I realized that I had plateaued.  I had been making steady progress through an exercise book called Guitar Aerobics when I hit Week 6 and was challenged by every exercise on the page.  Even though they were supposed to build on the previous week’s exercises I […]

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 […]