I just received my copy of The 4-Hour Chef in the mail and I ran onto a very good lesson about how we can learn faster and easier compliments of Timothy Ferriss.
It’s sort of a “no-duh” concept, but it has solidified in my mind why I think music cheat sheets are useful.
Let’s navigate through this together…
Enter Timothy Ferriss
“Any subject can be overwhelming.”
We live in a world with many distractions. It’s difficult trying to navigate through any new learning curve simply because there is just too much information available.
“To stem the tide, I have a constant check-point posted over the walkway into my atrium: Simplify.”
Oh, how difficult a battle it is every day to look for ways to simply our lives. Finding ways to make things more manageable is worth a pot of gold.
“The easiest way to avoid being overwhelmed is to create positive constraints: put up walls that dramatically restrict whatever it is that you’re trying to do.”
In other words, eliminate all distractions so that you can concentrate on the main task at hand. This means only studying or practicing one thing at a time.
What is the very next thing you are trying to do, learn, or work on right now? That’s what you need to focus on in this moment.
Enter the Music Cheat Sheets
“So…all we have to do is create a tiny container: the wonderful one-pager.”
And this is why the music cheat sheets were born. A simplified page of learning that focuses on 1 main point is worth a pot of gold.
“The goal here is to make something intimidating unintimidating, so you don’t quit.”
I couldn’t agree with you more Mr. Ferriss. Most everything worth learning in life can be boiled down to a few basic concepts. Music is no exception.
What Does this Mean for You?
Decide what your next step in learning or practicing is. Make sure you’ve got the right resources that help you focus your attention on the task at hand.
“Just remember ABC – Always Be Compressing. It’s the key to low-stress, high-speed learning.”
Too much information is overload. Learning one concept at a time will pay dividends for you over and over.
Mark my word, this same principle will come up again. This time, however, you will be able to build upon it.
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