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    Default Learning anything in 20 hours

    I just saw this video of a TED talk given by Josh Kaufman. He discusses the time it takes to learn new skills, and then demonstrates his point with a ukulele! I had no idea the uke was coming when I started watching it, so it was a really pleasant surprise. Aside from that, the talk itself was also very interesting. I thought some of you might enjoy it too.


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    That was wonderful.

    I couldn't articulate it the way the speaker did, but, in a nutshell,
    that's Uncle Rod's Ukulele Boot Camp Method for Ukulele Proficiency!

    1 - deconstructing the skill of playing the uke - for me that was getting people to learn the chords and practicing moving from chord to chord smoothly.
    2 - learn enough to self-correct - that's what the practice sheets are for.
    3 - remove practice barriers - for me it's encouraging personal committment to work it through, or getting students to take a class
    4 - practice at least 20 hours - if players can play through the 5 practice sheets at a comfortable tempo at 4 strums per chord, without interrupting their strumming or looking at their chord-forming fingers... that may take up the 20 hours.

    End Result, no longer a 'Beginner', but a genuine ukulele player!

    Thanks for sharing the video.

    keep uke'in',
    Uncle Rod Higuchi
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    that was great... puts a lot in perspective, plus he's promoting the uke!
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    I'm in the learning and development field, so this really spoke to me. Thanks for posting!
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    I am a public speaking instructor. Learning a new skill is something we cover the first day. Thanks for a video that can cover that concept, give them an example of someone speaking in public, and best of all, incorporate a ukulele!
    Last edited by actadh; 01-24-2014 at 07:45 AM.

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    I really enjoyed that, thanks for posting.

    I'm trying to learn clawhammer strumming right now, this is great encouragement.

    Time to practice

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    When I posted this, I had no idea how many different angles it would be seen from! It's really interesting to hear all of your perspectives, and what a wide variety of talent, experience and interests are in this forum. I knew there was a reason why I like it here!

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    The four chord illustration is so true. The same goes for west coast swing dancing - there are four basic patterns to learn and you can be on the dance floor all night long.

    Thanks for posting
    “If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.” ― Catherine Aird

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterjens View Post
    The four chord illustration is so true. The same goes for west coast swing dancing - there are four basic patterns to learn and you can be on the dance floor all night long.

    Thanks for posting
    Peter, I never knew that about swing dancing. It always looks so complicated!

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