Deliberate Practice

Reading the article: Deliberate Practice: What It Is and Why You Need It 

Since I am on this journey fairly alone, except maybe for my Eigenharp pals from the weekly hangouts, and have to find my way somehow without a compass, I am always happy to stumble over articles like this.

I obviously like this:

“However, we deny that these differences are immutable, that is, due to innate talent. Only a few exceptions, most notably height, are genetically prescribed. Instead, we argue that the differences between expert performers and normal adults reflect a life-long period of deliberate effort to improve performance in a specific domain.”

Because it reinforces my own believe with scientific research ;-).

But there are also some nice pointers and some hints why I learned to play the recorder fairly well (motivation, was designed for my skill level) and never managed the piano (no motivation at all, classical piano teaching didn’t match neither my skills nor my preferences, I am bored easily, I will not practice something simple like “Für Elise” exclusively for months until I am perfect, my brain just quits, I can keep it interested for some time, but at one point there is nothing I can do).

And naturally for now, I am interested in how to get better at the Eigenharp without falling into the trap that made piano lessons so boring like too much repetition, unexciting melodies and riffs, the feeling of playing because I need to practice and not because its fun to make music.

So as it says in the article:

“Your practice has to be deliberate and intense, but it also has to be carefully scheduled and limited in ways to avoid burnout and long-term fatigue (both mental and physical).”

I will use this article as a jumping point to find out more.