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…

Interview with Jonathan Harnum

An interview on practice with yours truly over at The Aspiring Guitarist from a few months back. You can also get it via podcast. Check it out! It’s always fun to chat about practice, and I always learn something, but it’s never a long enough convo to get all the good stuff out there. If you…

How to Become Great at Just About Anything

Listen to this greata Freakonomics podcast. Listen now. And these. Or listen to the same ideas in the audiobook version of The Practice of Practice. Better yet, do it all!  

Why Do Beginners Quit?

Angela Duckworth has spoken out about Grit, an essential element for achieving success. But early on, no matter what you’re doing, there are lots of hurdles to overcome. Here are some musical hurdles to avoid altogether, if you can. Every little bit helps. <snip> But the real reasons that students quit is often beyond their own…

If You Practice…

Andrew Hitz is a former Boston Brass tuba-ist. His blog is worth subscribing to. This quote is from Doug Yeo, the former bass trombonist for the Boston Symphony. Thing is, it works for ANY music and any musician. Great advice. If you practice, you get better. If you get better, you play with better players….

Loopy Masters: Get Better Using Loops

Some of the best practice I’ve ever had, and some of the most fun, has come from using loops. Here are two example: Joe St. George of Owleater kills it on percussion:   Bonus points for Leah’s keyboard percussion and the Paul McCartney-style bass. The BOSS loop station (one pedal, two pedals, three pedals) is…

Songwriter Resources

In The Practice of Practice, Erin McKeown talks about how she used songwriting as her practice. Not only did songwriting with ap 4-track recorder give her some serious feedback, resulting in serious chops, her process resulted in some excellent albums, too. There are lots of resources online to learn songwriting. Here’s one: