How Struggle Becomes Skill

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6 Responses to “How Struggle Becomes Skill”

  1. Tom McGurk says:

    Musicians call this road chops – you learn more in 5 minutes on stage performing than an hour at home playing the same song. Fore some reason the time is focused. The zone.

  2. Emily C says:

    I completely agree with the previous comment. On Sunday, I performed an audition for a (smaller) concerto competition, playing the finale of the Dvorak Cello Concerto. I made mistakes onstage that I had never made before. I’d been struggling with the concept of deep practice for months before the competition, and have still not conquered it. I was practicing several, several hours a day before the competition, but it wasn’t the perfect brand of practice.

    Listening to the recording of what I played on stage, I realized so many mistakes. And, by making those mistakes, and analyzing them, I learned exactly what I need to correct in order to play the movement really well. I’m very happy that I made those mistakes onstage, because now I know exactly what I need to fix. Being put on the spot like that, the pressure is on, and nothing – nothing – will expose mistakes like the time on stage. I’m so excited to get back to the cello now.

  3. Emily C says:

    What’s most difficult, though, is replicating that zone in the practice room. Unfortunately.

  4. pat Lange says:

    Not being able to replicate that zone (the feeling)at will is the very thing that makes it so magical.

  5. Philip simmonds says:

    I call it the “panic button” most people quit, but the great ones embrace it and chew on it for a while and when they get it,look out!

  6. Tony says:

    There is some nirvana shining through in this kid, the sheer joy of doing something that he knows is being done well. I sleep well when this occurs in my soccer players!

    This kind of confidence and joy (watch him smile at 2 points in the performance!) must be what we are after in the players we teach, mentor, lead.

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