LIVE in THE SPOTLIGHT
- How to practice: exploring strategies and tactics in an aging body through book reviews, interviews, personal anecdotes, with the goal of staying happy, healthy and focused.
- Attitude: what it is a good attitude, how does helps us to learn and persevere, which daily tactics help us to acquire or keep a good one, what to do if yours needs a tune up?
- Metacognition: what it is, what it can teach us about learning, resources for study, conferences, and in practice.
- Intrinsic motivation: what it is, how it helps us to learn and persevere as we age, how to help those we mentor with theirs.
Staying in the game,
I will let smarter cookies than me figure this one out.
After I get enough sleep, exercise, practice, work, hang with my wife, attend to personal care there isn't much time left. My main personal care goal this year is not to get eaten alive by my teaching business. Toronto is a huge market, there is great demand for service. How to say no gracefully is a real challenge.
A piano teacher has to maintain and grow artistically over the course of their career. Or, you will soon no longer be in the game. Standards in the small town I used to live in where not so high. Here? They're high and the sky is the limit. So, I will meditate on this problem: grow artistically and stay healthy and happy.
What to do when it hurts to play?
What not to do?
Problems dealt with promptly always have a better chance for resolution.
Friday I visit a jazz piano coach. My first jazz piano lesson since college. I'm excited.
What do I want from a jazz piano coach?
I'll post a follow-up next week.
Woebot has got me on the following regime for 30 days.
I've been at it for a few weeks. I'm 95% compliant. How do I feel?
Like Friggin' Superman.
I'm not a shrink. Use at your own discretion. If you are in distress, immediately seek medical help.
I just finished day 6. Yes, it helped somedays. You work with it each day about the same time, whether you feel up or down. I'm mostly feeling up these days. But, one day I wasn't and Woebot helped a lot. The article above explains a personal experience and some of the science behind the app.
Great questions from David Allen
What's got your attention right now?
What's the next action?
Have a great day doing something.
Was there shock?
Was there pushback?
Was it difficult to learn?
No, no, and no
Sounded awesome too. We were playing a straight 8th piece, I threw in a drum beat inspired by Drake. Now I'm pumped. What a breath of fresh air.
Goal setting is a great first step. Congruency is another.
Goals have to take into account your present reality. Reality cannot be ignored. Consider the following.
Sometimes some preparation is the first step on goal achievement.
A new blog: http://jazzdrumtranscriptions.blogspot.com/
This blog hosts transcriptions, charts, and drumbeats that I'm learning. It is part of an autoethnographic experiment in learning: learning by ear verses learning from instruction books. The notation is a record of this process. I still work from Syncopation and Stick control. I still take lessons. But I'm working a lot less from "how to drum books".
My thesis is this: that which we struggle by ear to learn will "stick better" and be easier to recall in performance because it engages our auditory, kinetical, and visual senses differently. From ear to hands, not eyes to hands is a different cognitive path. The finer points of musical interpretation cannot be notated. How would you notate quarter notes as played by Tony Williams or Terry Clarke and capture all the nuances of execution? You can’t. I will spend the next year on this project and see what happens.
David Story: Professional pianist, drummer, composer, and educator. Well into his 4th enthusiastic musical decade, David works with adults pursuing musical dreams in the autumn of life, while he maintains an active presence in the Toronto arts scene.