I’ve been keeping piano playing stats since November 28, 2012. I write down how many minutes I play each piece. One page per day. Then on occasion, I enter them into the computer, which gives me stats. So I’ll have my 10,000 hours in 2024. I have a little more than 11 years left.
Today was an unusually productive day with 202 minutes. I’m working on the following:
- Satin Doll (Duke Ellington), started Apr 17
- Sonatine in C Major – Part I (Repertoire book 3, p 16), started Apr 24
- Solitude (Duke Ellington et. al), started May 11
So today, along with my usual scales, blues chords, and sight-reading exercises that I almost always do, I was able to do the above three pieces in two separate sessions, and I worked extra long on them in the second session.
I was reading a bit about “The Talent Code” which stresses Deep Practice, and I’ve been working on that today. Instead of just going through difficult parts of the song, I’d play until I made a mistake, then replay just before the mistake, and redo it multiple times until I could play it mistake-free. I think that up to this time, I would make the difficult measures a drill exercise: play them over and over. But the difference here is to play until a mistake, and THEN redo. Now a redo is only necessary if I make a mistake. It might work.
I first heard about the 10,000 hours by reading Outliers, but my landlord told me about “The Talent Code” just this week. I think Outliers is a great book, and it should be read if you haven’t already. Some of it seems useful.