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Practice slowly to learn fast!

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If you want to learn something quickly, practice that thing S-L-O-W-L-Y. Because your brain is like a fresh snowdrift.

Obviously.

Listen to find out why musicians should practice slowly.

Here’s the Lifehacker article that inspired this podcast, and the piece by Dick Hensold that inspired the article.

From Daniel Coyle’s Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills:

“…Students at the Meadowmount School of Music often practice according to an informal rule: If a passerby can recognize a song, it’s being played too fast. The point of this super-exaggerated slowness (which produces songs that resemble those of humpback whales) is to reveal small mistakes that might have gone undetected, and thus create more high-quality reaches.”

“Precision especially matters early on, because the first reps establish the pathways for the future. Neurologists call this the “sled on a snowy hill” phenomenon. The first repetitions are like the first sled tracks on fresh snow: On subsequent tries, your sled will tend to follow those grooves. “Our brains are good at building connections,” says Dr. George Bartzokis, a neurologist at UCLA. “They’re not so good at unbuilding them.” When you learn hard skills, be precise and measured. Go slowly. Make one simple move at a time, repeating and perfecting it before you move on. Pay attention to errors, and fix them, particularly at the start. Learning fundamentals only seems boring—in fact, it’s the key moment of investment. If you build the right pathway now, you’ll save yourself a lot of time and trouble down the line.”

Also check out Daniel Coyle’s The Talent Code.

And The Goonies.

 

And because it is too incredible not to share, I present to you “a song from The Goonies musical by Keith Doughty & Rob Dean.”

 

 

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