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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

100 Hours of Deliberate Practice on Guitar

April 25, 2012

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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 […]

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 […]

Getting the Words Out

October 26, 2011

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Lately I have been having this strong urge to become a writer.  The urges are so strong that I have considered throwing my entire livelihood and career out the window to chase this dream.  Well, that isn’t too crazy you might say.  Many writers through caution to the wind and followed their dream and achieved […]