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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Is practice always "practice"

Dean doing back deck scramble on

I'm learning to play guitar. That means a lot of practice because I have years to make up for. What does that have to do with kayaking? Plenty.

I read an article recently on practicing the guitar that applies to anything that requires practice. In the article a student had trouble with a particular chord change in a piece of music so the teacher had the student show him how he practiced the piece in front of him. The student practiced the whole piece, even the parts he could play well without focusing on the trouble spot.

The best use of practice time is spent on learning or practicing the things that can't be either performed or performed well. I practice some things that I've pretty much have under control just to make sure I still have it. After that, I try to concentrate on what needs work. That's the be use of "practice" time.

Then there are people like Brian (keeping a watchful eye on Dean) who are very skilled and show up to show us what we have to aspire to.

2 comments:

  1. Agreed. I think it is important to start and finish with things you have under control. So you are starting and ending on a positive note. But in between, you must push the limits of things that feel a bit uncomfortable or unnatural. This is the only way to make them reliable.

    PO

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