Evidence That Too Much Repetition and Consistency in Practice Could Potentially Hinder the Learning Process (WHAT?!)

Evidence that too much consistency in practice could potentially hinder the learning process (WHAT?!)

I remember sitting in on a master class one summer where my friend was playing for the Russian cellist Natalia Gutman. After he finished playing, she smiled, kind of chuckled a bit, and said a few words to her translator. Who explained that she thought he was playing his instrument completely wrong, but because he sounded so great, he should just keep doing what he was doing, and she had no desire to change anything about his technique.

Indeed, when you think about your favorite musicians (or athletes), don’t they all have a unique physical style and approach to playing? Like, if you could somehow turn Glenn Gould and Martha Argerich videos into stick figure videos for instance, it would still be pretty easy to identify which was which, right?

Why Too-Short Practice Breaks Could Undermine Your Learning

Subscribe to the weekly podcast via iTunes | Spotify | Google Podcasts | Stitcher Getting myself to practice was always a real challenge. I’d almost always find some excuse to do almost anything else, whether it was playing with the cat, rearranging things in my room, or trying out all the different vacuum cleaner attachments. […]