Alan Rusbridger, Gary Marcus, Tim Jenison, 10,00 hours and the hope, fear, and the dreams of mature students
Obsession is good. It puts a lift in the day, week, month, and year. Below are some inspirational stories of folks who just went for it.
Alan attempts Chopin's Ballade in G minor in one year.
Gary takes up heavy metal guitar at 40
Tim learns to paint.
What do they have in common? High intelligence, a bias for action, a naïve belief in themselves, and guts.
Gary's second short video, the third on this list, explodes the idea you need 10,000 hours. A great place to start.
BTW: I'm over the 3,000 hour mark in my drumming. That's 7 years of effort.
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You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.