Deliberate Practice

“Nothing seems to impact my learning methodology more than the philosophy of deliberate practice: Consistent and deliberate effort to  improve my level of musicianship.”

joshbackstorypicHenry David Thoreau said, “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of a person to elevate his or her life by conscious endeavor.” In other words, the power of intention is what makes our life what it is. We either actively intend or passively intend. Think about that for a few moments.

I have one clearly stated intention when it comes to being a pianist, musician, artist, etc… I want to become the best pianist / musician I can. My father still tells me to this day, the only way I will develop further in my art is to listen to other musicians and to play with other musicians: Not just any musicians but musicians who are better at their craft than I am at mine. After 40 + years of playing the piano, I still follow my father’s advice to this day! And although I’ve come a long way in 40 + years, in some ways, I feel like I am just scratching the piano playing surface. Since attitude determines altitude, I approach each day with an attitude of deliberate practice. Nothing seems to impact my learning methodology more than the philosophy of deliberate practice: Consistent and deliberate effort to  improve my level of musicianship.

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