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flailingfingers
05-31-2015, 04:36 PM
tired of NUD, string rants, what's your favorite uke colored underwear and such?
here's my nomination for the best article/post:

http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/01/07/glenn-kurtz-practicing/

Ukulele Eddie
05-31-2015, 07:38 PM
Interesting article for how to think about practicing. It fits nicely with one I read today that I really enjoyed, which was more about how to practice:

http://www.bulletproofmusician.com/how-many-hours-a-day-should-you-practice/

PhilUSAFRet
06-01-2015, 01:10 AM
"Impostor Syndrome"........ouch, hit's a little close to home.

kissing
06-01-2015, 02:27 AM
I just play because it's fun. If it happens to sound good to others too, then that's a bonus :)

UkerDanno
06-01-2015, 02:41 AM
I just play because it's fun. If it happens to sound good to others too, then that's a bonus :)

totally, man...:shaka:

Mivo
06-01-2015, 03:02 AM
It's an interesting article. Like Kissing, I just play for the sake of playing and enjoying myself - practicing is kind of meditative to me too, as mentioned in the quotes, and helps me to snap out of stress and anxiety like few other things manage. I only picked up stringed instruments when I turned forty, so there are no dreams of mastery or ambitions, which makes it a relaxing, fun, and above all: non-competitive affair for me. :)

Icelander53
06-01-2015, 03:28 AM
tired? No. I just slept 8 hours.

That's a good article as long as you don't take it as gospel for every uke player and their personal goals and styles of play. His goal was to be a professional. That's a very different direction from most here.

flailingfingers
06-01-2015, 04:50 AM
[QUOTE=That's a good article as long as you don't take it as gospel for every uke player and their personal goals and styles of play. His goal was to be a professional. That's a very different direction from most here.[/QUOTE]
I took from it the concept of the beauty of totally immersing in whatever art form, even just living with awareness, that one chooses. Rather than being a professional as a goal, simply diving into something with passion offers immense awards. Personally I strum and sing. That's it and I love it. My other passion is art and I have done that professionally with pretty big time success at times. In that realm I have also seen the dangers of commerce and ego. Nice to strum and sing just for myself.

Olarte
06-01-2015, 06:50 AM
On a similar note, I humbly invite you to read two short essays I wrote a while back when I was seriously studing Classical Guitar.

http://ivanolarte.com/2010/06/22/the-zen-of-practicing/

http://ivanolarte.com/2010/03/07/practiceroutine/

Icelander53
06-01-2015, 06:59 AM
"Impostor Syndrome"........ouch, hit's a little close to home.

I don't buy that. Anyhow who determines what is good and proper here? This was the only part of that article that I object to, the "imposter syndrome" comment was out of line IMO. I appreciate greatly his approach, knowing however that it's not going to be my method. I like to play for fun. I have no ulterior motives and while I indulge in UAS etc. I still have grown and improved as a player. Go figure.

flailingfingers
06-01-2015, 11:33 AM
On a similar note, I humbly invite you to read two short essays I wrote a while back when I was seriously studing Classical Guitar.

http://ivanolarte.com/2010/06/22/the-zen-of-practicing/

http://ivanolarte.com/2010/03/07/practiceroutine/

"Practice Routine" is not of my world but "Zen of Practicing" is a gem. A beautiful gem. I've passed it on to my uke buddies here. Thanks so much!!!!

Ukejenny
06-01-2015, 04:49 PM
Great article and I think the book would be a good read.

Together this pleasure in music and the discipline of practice engage in an endless tussle, a kind of romance. The sense of joy justifies the labor; the labor, I hope, leads to joy.


Practicing is striving; practicing is a romance. But practicing is also a risk, a test of character, a threat of deeply personal failure… Every day I collide with my limits, the constraints of my hands, my instrument, and my imagination.

Ukejenny
06-01-2015, 05:01 PM
I tried to find some of the author's recordings on classical guitar, but didn't find one thing. Sad.