Uke Practice–quality or quantity (answer inside)
Ukulele Playing Advice and Motivation

Ukulele players: practice a lot, or practice really, really well? What’s the best approach to ukulele practice?

Uke Practice–quality or quantity (answer inside)

Now I know–I just know–you can apply this to ukulele:

“In their book Art and Fear David Bayles and Ted Orland tell the story of a ceramics teacher who announced on the opening day of class that he was dividing the students into two groups. Half were told that they would be graded on quantity. On the final day of the term, the teacher said he would come to class with some scales and weigh the pots they had made. They would get an ‘A’ for 50 lbs of pots, a ‘B’ for 40 lbs, and so on. The other half would be graded on quality. They just had to bring along their one, perfect pot.

“The results were emphatic: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group graded for quantity. As Bayles and Orland put it: ‘It seems that while the ‘quantity’ group was busily churning out piles of work—and learning from their mistakes—the ‘quality’ group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.”

—Matthew Syed from Black Box Thinking


Play, my friend, play!

your pal,

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