Repetition is the mother(-in-law) of skill

It sounds so simple – rehearse. Practice. Repeat whatever it is you want to learn and/or accomplish, consistently, and you will get there. Learn the skill. Reach your goal. Consistency is a term that re-occurs often throughout these nuggets. It’s somewhat of a “theme” if you will. And for good reason. Consistency -as opposed to … Read more

Routine is the Enemy – Consistency your Friend

Here I’ll talk a bit about the philosophy of alternation, thereby challenging yourself and how we can treat and leverage “growing into something” -“habitifying,” if you will- to actually make ourselves improve more effectively. We’ll look at how we can throw both our bodies and minds off-guard so they adapt to- and adopt a state … Read more

Listen

Actively listening, will teach you tons. It implies paying attention to what you hear, without over-analyzing (i.e. thinking about-, or better said, judging it) just yet. Not mixing in your own thoughts, forming an opinion and thereby distracting your attention away from actually absorbing the input. This proves difficult. Here’s how to increase the benefits … Read more

Timing – The Point Out. Controlling Endings and Knowing When to Stop

When we consider “timing,” we often think about the time to start -the point in– but to fill the allocated time correctly, the point out -the release; when to stop- is (almost) equally important. Catch: We tend to pay all of our attention to the “point in,” but timing something perfectly isn’t merely knowing when … Read more

Short Burst Practice – How to make practicing 10x more effective

It’s possible to make your practice time 10x more effective, simply by dividing its time over more sessions. Shortening and then multiplying the frequency of study sessions doesn’t just do wonders for retention and improvement, but will also prepare you for real-life situations – where you have to be able to execute perfectly, instantly. Catch: … Read more

Ear Training | Part 2 – Getting Practical

This is part 2 of a more extensive dive into the subject of the musical ear – how ear training help you develop the auditory side of the elusive skill of playing by ear Hi Everybody! How are you guys doing? In this second half of my explanation on the subject of “playing by ear” … Read more