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100days of guitar day 39

The Practice of Practice

If you can sing a tune, try to play it on your instrument. Forget the written music. Use your ears, not your eyes.

Singing, humming, or whistling a line you’re trying to learn will immediately reveal what you can hear, and what you can’t. If you can’t sing it, you can’t really play it.

Engage all of your mind when learning a song, and use many learning tactics.

write down the details of a raga he wants to practice on a small note card, keeping the card in his pocket so that throughout the day, he can pull out the card and study its details.

First, it takes advantage of the fact that our brains retain information better if the input is spread throughout the day

Second, priming your awareness throughout the day will be excellent preparation for the evening practice session, almost like a day-long mental warm-up.

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

Keep what you want to learn at the forefront of your mind. Garbage In, Garbage Out.

As you might expect, the brains of those who practiced at the piano showed neural growth that reflected this practice. The remarkable thing is that Pascual-Leone had a second group just think about doing the exercise, and these folks were instructed not to move their hands while doing the mental rehearsal. This kind of purely mental practice showed an equally pronounced change in the same region of the motor cortex as those who actually played the instrument when practicing!

Use the power of visualization to improve your skills.

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