An Email Hack That Could Increase the Likelihood of Getting a Reply (and Possibly Make the World a Slightly Better Place for Everyone Too)

An Email Hack That Could Increase the Likelihood of Getting a Reply (and Possibly Make the World a Slightly Better Place for Everyone Too)

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes What is the default phrase you use when ending an email? “Regards”? “Sincerely”? “Cheers”? “Thx”? “Snet fmor ym iPnohe, lulz”? (if you’re shopping around for a new sign-off, there’s a fun - and long - list here) Whatever closing you may be using at the moment, it turns out that the way you end an email could be more influential than you think. And not just in terms of how likely the recipient is to write back. Depending on the context, the way…


Jason Haaheim: On “Deliberate Lessons” and How to Become a Better Teacher to Yourself

Jason Haaheim: On “Deliberate Lessons” and How to Maximize Your Progress From One Lesson to the Next

The last few months have led to many changes in how we work, how we play, how we connect to others, and a whole lot more. But I think our desire to learn and improve at things that we find meaningful and enjoy doing is still there. After all, many are continuing to take piano lessons, or participate in writing classes, or train in jiu jitsu online, even though doing so via Zoom is not quite (or nearly) the same experience as learning in-person. Despite its many limitations, online learning does…


3 Questions to Ask Yourself That Could Boost the Effectiveness of Your Next Practice Session

3 Questions to Ask Yourself That Could Boost the Effectiveness of Your Next Practice Session

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Many of the challenges we deal with on a daily basis - whether in the practice room, while teaching, at work, or in life in general, don’t have easy or obvious solutions. And sure, sometimes Google can help, but often, the answer is something we have to figure out for ourselves. I imagine we’ve all had moments of inspired genius, as well as times when we get stuck and no matter what we try, keep going around in circles. But have you ever…


Having Difficulty Motivating Yourself to Practice? Research Suggests That Copycatting a Friend Could Help.

Having Difficulty Motivating Yourself to Practice? Research Suggests That Copycatting a Friend Could Help.

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes I’d be willing to bet that there’s probably something in your life right now that you’re trying to change. Maybe you’ve resolved to spend more time working on scales and fundamentals this summer. Or perhaps you’re planning to do more metronome practice. Or exercise more regularly. Or eat more quinoa. Whatever it is, staying motivated and following through on the things that we’d like to do more (or less) of, can be a real challenge, no matter…


Evidence That You're Probably Not Great at Performing and Critiquing Your Performance at the Same Time

Evidence That You're Probably Not Great at Performing and Critiquing Your Performance at the Same Time

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Like most kids growing up in the Back to the Future era, I went through several jean jackets (and ''life preservers'' ) during my childhood. But there was one in particular - a green acid-washed one - that I thought was pretty darn cool. Of course, looking back at photos, it’s pretty cringy, and makes me wonder what I could possibly have been thinking… Which I suppose speaks to the discrepancy that can exist between our perception…