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- 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.
The idea of an accountability partner has been around for some time. They help us stay committed.
The combination of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation has been shown to work best in staying in any long-term project. That means of course that the musician is internally driven to succeed and see’s a coach/teacher/mentor regularly to stay honest and accountable.
I have a drum coach: Enrique Loyola, he helps me work on the concepts introduced by my mentor Terry Clarke. I never want to let Terry down.
I now have an accountability partner: Marc, a NYC musician I met last summer. We email each other our weekly practice numbers. It’s working like a charm. Last week 9.75 hours up from 8.5 hours the week before for me. He did over 20. Yikes. Some others I know are up there too. My goal is 10 hours per week on the drum kit.
I now carefully watch my schedule for any open time. Every little bit counts and easily adds an hour or two a week to the total. In these micro slots, I focus on a single thing. It’s all very satisfying.
Now today is a snow day here in Toronto offering me an unexpected two hour slot. Off to practice.
The ability to quickly recover after a setback. If you are interested in this blog chance are you've had your share of setbacks.
A quick survey of musician setbacks:.
Quite a list, your can add your own. What separates those who can recover quickly from those who don't. That is the question.
My bet is this. If you are interested in a blog such as this, you’ve seen way too many new years. And, you know the futility of making new year’s resolutions. If I’ve learned anything in 60 years it is this: we are what we do, intentions are meaningless. Aristotle asserted we are our habits. Blah, blah, blah.
So, what are the actions/habits that allow us to keep going?
Have a great year.
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.