I reached a major milestone this week as I passed the 30% mark to my goal of 10,000 hours. I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment.
For those who have commented on this post that just focusing on the 10,000 hour goal is not enough, of course you are right. It's just a metric. You can't noodle for 10000 and achieve mastery. You need "deliberate practice". And Mastery is relative. It doesn't mean I expect to be the next Jason Vieaux. It just means I hope to achieve a level of mastery possible for me. And there obviously is no endpoint. Once a goal is achieved you set another goal. And the most obvious comment, if it's not fun or worthwhile, or musical, why bother? I get it. But for others like me who have both a right brain and a left brain, this seems to work.
My daily practice was deliberate, most of the time:
* Motivation- the music motivates me. And when I get frustrated I just stick with the process and put in the hours.
* Effort- I'm putting in the effort, the time, but it feels like fun. I joke with my wife that this is my job, but it couldn't be less of a job.
* Pre existing knowledge- I jump started my 3000 hours because I already knew music from piano lessons for 6 years. Your results may vary. I've had 2 years of great instruction and benefit from so much knowledge on this forum and other sources.
* Informative feedback- my colleagues on Delcamp.com have been giving me helpful feedback. I also have some new friends from the NW Classical Guitar Society to provide feedback. I think this may be the year I restart some lessons. I've also done more performing to family and friends to rave reviews.
* Awareness of results- the video submittals on Delcamp lessons have been very valuable to review results. I still struggle with achieving "perfection" in these recordings. I'm also doing recorded periodic "practice performances" to assess progress using a set list of about 12 pieces, my "Gold Set List". These are challenging and an eye opener.
* Repetition- I have to practice my Gold Set List weekly to keep it in the fingers. I have exercises I repeat on Monday-Wednesday-Friday: scales, arps, stretching, slurs, sight reading. I have a growing list of etudes I go back to repeatedly. When learning a new piece I use the 5x process: repeat a phrase 5 times until I can play it relatively flawlessly. I use interleaved practice- short periods in a piece or a phrase then move to another phrase, then return to the first, etc. - to enhance memory retention and retrieval.
If you want to learn more about the 10,000 hour concept go to the origin, not to the book Outliers, which is a popular summary but with flaws. See the original paper here:
http://projects.ict.usc.edu/itw/gel/Eri ... cePR93.pdf
Here's a video of my latest progress if you are interested. I appreciate any feedback.
All this time I thought I was making music; it was making me.
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