"The Little Book Of Talent," by Daniel Coyle | Book Review

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With regards to this video in particular, I'm going to be going over a really, really wonderful little book called "The Little Book of Talent," by Daniel Coyle.
 
Now, if you're not familiar with Daniel Coyle, Daniel is the writer of the book, "The Talent Code," which is another great book, and I'm going to be reviewing that one in a future video, but I did want to share the awesomeness of this book right now with you because there are so many wonderful tips in this book that can help you get better at guitar and can change your entire practicing routine for the better.

Now, this book is basically just a tip book.  It's not like one of those things that you have to read from start to finish in order to get it.  It's just like, "Oh! Here's a tip...here's a tip...here's a tip," but they're all -- Don't get me wrong, they're organized and they make sense.  It's not all out of order, obviously.

There are a couple of tips in here that I was like leafing through this and I was just like, "Man, these are just such cool little tips," and, you know, like tip number four, "Buy a notebook."  I mean, I've been using notebooks to record my practicing for so many years on so many different instruments and I think it's such a useful tool to keep track of your progress.  Not only that, but it gets you into the process of learning music, which I think is far more important than actually mastering it, but that's another video and for another time.  Performance journals are excellent ideas altogether.

He talks about prodigies and how -- Well, tip number 11, "Don't fall for the prodigy myth." Meaning that everybody has to put in their time to get better at what they want to be good at.  It's so important to remember that the Beatles weren't made overnight.  They had to spend a lot of time before they became the Beatles...before they really, really became the Beatles.

I've been playing guitar for about, I don't know, close to twenty-five years now and it's pretty insane to think of all the hours that I've put into practicing that instrument and everything, but I've gotten a reasonable amount of ability from it.

Nobody is a prodigy.  I don't think anybody's really a prodigy.  A lot of people just put in a lot of hours to it and that's another really great thing about this book.  He puts it in writing, "Don't fall for the prodigies."

Here's another one for you, "Practice immediately after a performance." These are really, really great tips.  I'm not even scratching the surface of how awesome this book is, but if you practice things that you messed up during a performance, like right after you perform, way cool.  That will totally make you a better player.

So, fifty-two tips for improving your skills.  This is totally applicable to music.  I would highly, highly recommend that you get it.  I'm going to leave a link in the description for it if you are interested.  It's an excellent book.  I would highly recommend reading it.  It will make things easier for you.

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