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Easy + Extra = Extra Easy

This idea from habits expert James Clear popped into my Inbox. It's the idea that the difference between being able to do something well and being able to do it REALLY WELL boils down to the R-word that we're all familiar with: Review (or Revision)


With each repetition (of a single note or a segment) or review / revision (of a familiar piece), we make what we're working on a little easier to do, sound a little nicer and appear a little more polished. With each try, we give ourselves a little more time to 'get it right' and to get our work to a level that we're happy to present as our best.


"The difference between good and great is often an extra round of revision.


The person who looks things over a second time will appear smarter or more talented, but actually is just polishing things a bit more.

Take the time to get it right. Revise it one extra time." - James Clear


His idea brought to mind a practice strategy that Parents Can Coach shared at Parents Circle: Have your the child ask himself after every repetition if the practice segment feels easy yet, and to continue with the repetition until it feels easy to play. Then to lock it in with one extra rep.


A great way to remember this strategy to make it easier to do something is 'Easy + Extra = Extra Easy'!



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