ROW80 Check-In 21/07/2013

Warning!  1

Well I only had one goal and the news I have to report is…epic fail! I have only typed about two pages last week when I should have done seven! Looking on the bright side, I suppose two pages is better than nothing at all.

It’s all that Mike Young’s fault because he was talking once about doing free online courses and being a (nosy cow) intellectually curious person, I looked up the site. Oh dear! What a cornucopia of treats! Here’s the link for anyone that wants it.

Anyway, I signed up for a beginner’s guitar course. I have always wanted to play the guitar and started back when I was fourteen but found it hard going and gave up, something I have always regretted. Since then I read this book called Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice by Matthew Syed. Like so many others I believed that people where born talented and so when I picked up the guitar and couldn’t play like Hendrix I thought, I’m just no good at this and gave up.

But in this book the author explains that no-one comes out of the womb doing incredible stuff. We learn things through doing them over and over again, by practising. If I had known that when I was younger then I might be the axewoman cometh by now. How annoying!

The author reckons that to get really good at something you have to spend ten thousand hours doing it. Well I’ve started my ten thousand hours on the guitar this week. It’s going to be a long road but this time I’m determined to learn to play the thing! So not much news on the writing front but more about music. My dream would be to combine my love of writing and music and learn to write my own songs! I’d be in seventh heaven if I could do that!


6 thoughts on “ROW80 Check-In 21/07/2013

  1. Ha! Guilty as charged. You do show admirable restraint though, in just signing up for ONE course. I’ve tried eight so far: three I finished, one was just not for me, and two will be picked up when I’ve more spare time.
    Or at least have fewer things on my daily to-do list.
    Have fun with the guitar course. It’s always a good thing for us to spread our artistic wings.

  2. I agree he has a lot to answer for! – I joined Coursera a week ago and am on two course one on humanitys history and one on climate change – aren’t there so many one could join:) I keep peeping at them to see what else I could fit in – I can’t fit in the two I have joined for goodness sake – all the best with yours I’m sure you will suceed:)

  3. Ahh, now it’s happening to me, too! I just clicked the link to see what you were on about, and then I was scrolling through and reading through some of the courses and…! Good luck with the guitar course! I also tried learning once and gave up after learning three chords, I think. Because those three were easy, and then after that it got tricky.

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