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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]