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Want the free color eBook edition of Practice Like This? Sign up for 6 Bullet Saturday. 6-Bullet Saturday is a newsletter that gives you six things I thought worth sharing every week. Mostly it’s about practice, and I always include specific tips or exercises or drills that I use to help me and my students get…

Jamming & Improvising: The Absolute Basics (a free mini-course)

About a year ago, I helped develop some teaching material that will be part of a Music Learning Playlist for Arizona State University’s CITME, directed by Dr. Evan Tobias. You can take the mini-class on jamming for free here. The module covers absolute basics of jamming. It’s directed at middle school kids and above who…

Questlove’s “Creative Quest”

Just learned of a new book from  Questlove (Roots drummer and Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon bandleader): Creative Quest. I’m listening to the audiobook. Nice to hear the author speaking his own words. I’ll post a review when I’ve finished it. 🙂 Here’s an interview with Questlove on The Tonight Show in which he talks about…

The Art of the Cover: Learning from others: Pomplamoose

Imitation has always been the best way to go deep in the arts (or anything else, really). Always is, always will be. In any genre, any good musician learns from past  masters through imitation. After you learn, the art of the cover lies in bringing something new to an interpretation, no matter the genre. Here’s a fantastic…

The Work: Inside Classical Music Practice

There are more ways to practice than this video documents. It’s one of the blind spots in academia: all of the research on practice is focused on Western Classical Music. It’s like other styles and other approaches don’t even exist. Weird, right?  It’s why I did the research I did on practice (and wrote a…

Learning Music Like Learning Language: Victor Wooten

ABSOLUTELY! Victor Wooten speaks wisdom. Our approach to teaching music (often sight before sound) is backwards. Listen to Victor! Wooten’s book, The Music Lesson is pretty good, too. Like if Carlos Casteneda learned music from Don Juan instead of magic.

Born This Way? Nope. Do this instead.

This infographic below from The Practice of Practice is making the rounds. It’s one of the more powerful ideas from the book. The way we think about ability shapes how we approach learning anything. Check it out. Want to print it? No problem! Find the free, high-resolution, printable PDF (11×15) on the book’s extras page, under Chapter…