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In four  more days, my family and I will leave Japan and we will be back in our semi-hectic work/school mode.  I am spending more and more of my days preparing to teach rather than studying/immersing Japanese and doing all my other side projects.  I needed a little self-help fun, though, and since I am taking classes […]

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  Learning about guitar has been a lot like learning a foreign language to me.  This means that I get many opportunities to panic.   I often feel like I don’t understand what is going on and that I need to understand everything all at once.   What I really need to do is to STSU (Shut […]

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I loved it when Daniel Coyle, author of The Little Book of Talent and The Talent Code, mentioned the skateboarders highlighted in the documentary Dogtown and Zboys.   These outsiders and misfits changed skateboarding forever.   Part of how Coyle explains how they developed their talent was that these skaters “trained” in ever changing environments.   The Zboys were […]

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“Practice with no hope of fruition.”  Terre Roche I’ve practiced more guitar lately because I have given up.  I’ve given up on becoming great.  I’ve given up on having to know everything instantly.  However, I know that I am not so helpless that I can’t find five minutes.  Sometimes I start five minutes, make connections […]

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Yesterday, I decided to stop at a cafe to have an iced latte.  Because it was hot outside and their air conditioner wasn’t on, it was relatively empty.  Then they turned on some Best of Jimi Hendrix, which I hadn’t heard in a long time.  Listening to Hendrix after a long drought is like drinking […]

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My little music theory experiment continues.   Music theory has scared me in the past but I have books that I have accumulated over the years that have laid dormant and untouched.   I have decided to take one book, Theory for the Contemporary Guitarist, pulverize it into little digestible bits and put it into my samurai […]

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After reading Daniel Coyle’s Little Book of Talent, I realized that I was spending too much of my free reading time in English and needed to veer back to Japanese.   I pulled out ギター上達100の裏ワザ  (100 Secrets to Becoming  Better at Guitar) by Masaki Ichimura.   Following your interests in your target language is a little […]

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“Keep the fire burnin’…never let us lose our yearnin’”  . . . REO Speedwagon (ugh!) Do you try to have all of your breath all at once?  No.  A small steady supply feeds all your body systems and your mind.  Small keeps the fire burnin’. Whatever you are trying to move in your life doesn’t […]

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“Don’t wait for your mojo to get to the dojo.”………… me A funny thing happened on the way back from the dojo.  My oldest daughter takes karate lessons.   My wife takes our two year old daughter, who just watches.  Lately when we watch our oldest practice at home, the littlest also tries to execute the […]

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“Let’s get physical, physical..let me hear your body talk.”….Olivia Newton-John, metaphysicist and 80’s pop star. A couple of posts ago I quoted Snoop Dog, and now I am quoting Olivia Newton-John.  Yeah.  That’s how I roll.  Just the other day I was reviewing my samurai notebooks, where I put ideas and borrowed inspirations and information.   […]

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