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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beeminder – Holding me accountable

February 20, 2012

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I just got back from vacation and I was welcomed by this screen: I had failed to meet my goal to write one blog post a week.  I had gone off the road.  In order to reactivate my graph and data I will need to pledge $10.  Next time I miss my goal Beeminder will […]

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 […]