THE PRESENTING PROBLEM

It’s not because you’re not talented enough, or fast enough, or haven’t transcribed enough, or don’t know your scales/chords etc etc well enough – – those are what medical professionals call the “presenting problem”. It’s almost always: A) you haven’t worked on cultivating the discipline for it OR B) you’re comparing your current skillset to […]

NEVER MAKE NECESSITY A VIRTUE

Don’t call yourself a “blues/feel” player if you’re only saying that because you never learned how to play faster sequences. Don’t say the reason you’re not popular is because you’re “too niche” when the real reason is you haven’t put yourself out there enough. Don’t make yourself a martyr for balancing your musical practice and […]

ON PRE-DECISIONS

Something I realised I use a LOT, after reading Timothy Pychyl’s “Solving The Procrastination Puzzle” (highly recommended) is I ‘pre-decide’ what my responses to situations will be. For example, I know that if I finish learning a tune, or meet a practice goal I set, my immediate response right after that would be to slow […]

DUNBAR’S NUMBER, AND WHY YOU SHOULD STOP BEING A FANBOY

This one is for any of you who love wasting your time debating who the “best xyz guitarist” is (or any other similar ranking thing). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar%27s_number One of the coolest things I’ve ever come across in social psychology is the model of Dunbar’s Number – – its a theoretical maximum number of social hierarchical relationships […]