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.
Hope is not a strategy. This is a blog celebrating action. The kind of effective action that follows careful deliberation and reflection. Which may have been brought on after an unsuccessful, or discouraging experience in the practice room, stage, or gym. We are grownups after all. The time of fooling ourselves is necessarily over. Because, guess what? Time is almost up.
I'm looking forward to exploring this topic in some depth. Feel free to join in. But, now it is time for bed. Tomorrow I've two jams to attend. One as a drummer, one as pianist.
Here is an interesting start to our explorations: Time management
Premise: Practice time is precious and very limited. It's limited by the limitations of our bodies, and demands on our time from life. Therefore wasting it with non-deliberate practice is counterproductive to our goal: playing as well as we can with the limitations we now have.
Step one: Taking stock. "How do we spend our time, when we are in the practice room? Do we carefully plan out the time, or do we jump willy nilly from one activity to another. It has been claimed that 90% music students play a piece through once, not even stopping to correct mistakes. ( http://www.escom.org/proceedings/ICMPC2000/Sun/McPherso.htm )
Tactic: At your next practice simply record yourself on your phone. Just put the recorder in the corner and forget about it. Later in the day listen back. Ask yourself this:
1. How did you spent your time?
2. How focused were you really?
3. How do you really sound?
4. What did you really accomplish?
5. How did you really work on problems?
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.