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The practice of (guitar) practice (Interview with Jonathan Harnum)

41rLXWoqvgL._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_As you probably know, I started The Aspiring Guitarist as an outlet for my obsession for getting better at guitar. Over the years I’ve expanded also to other topics, but how to practice guitar more efficiently is still my favorite topic.

For a long time I thought that I am the only weirdo who finds pleasure in studying this subject but fortunately that is not true. There are quite a few people who know much more about practicing much more. And Jonathan Harnum is definitely one of them.

Jonathan Harnum is the author of a fantastic book called The Practice of Practice that focuses on how do we get better on musical instrument. In this book Jonathan distilled his own musical experience, latest scientific research and insights from many highly accomplished musicians  into a very interesting and easy-to-read guide that can help you get more out of your practice time.

I highly recommend The Practice of Practice!

Moreover, Jonathan was kind enough and agreed to do an interview for The Aspiring Guitarist. I hope you’ll enjoy this episode.

In this episode you learn:

  • Why you should stop counting how many hours you practice and what’s wrong with the 10 000 hour rule?
  • How to measure you day-to-day progress on guitar?
  • How to practice guitar when you have a limited amount of time?
  • What are the biggest mistakes advanced musicians do when practicing?
  • How to cultivate your patience so you can get more done?
  • What are Jonathan’s favorite books about music and practice?

Shownotes:

The Practice of Practice book and blog
Practice Like This
Erin Mckeown
Rex Martin
Carol Dweck
Inner Game of Tennis
Daniel Coyle
The Musican’s Way
Kenny Werner – Effortless Mastery
Kenny Werner’s practice sessions
The power of patience article

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One Response to The practice of (guitar) practice (Interview with Jonathan Harnum)

  1. Gracie Anderson January 30, 2016 at 5:19 am #

    Thinking about the 10,000 hours of practice is kinda overwhelming. Especially nowadays that we think we need more time because of so many activities in our daily life.Perhaps take note of your progress and practice smart. You can save a lot of time for that.

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