Learning ability, learning techniques




You need to believe in your own learning skills in order to be able to learn. If we don’t believe we're learning something, we probably won't learn it. Top-level musicians typically approach practice as a solution to some problem  "What do I need to do in order to get that passage flowing?" Just because a certain section isn't working out, there is no need to doubt your learning skills. You simply haven't discovered the correct learning technique yet, and should try approaching it from a different direction.

Assumptions about learning and performing can easily become self-fulfilling prophecies, and it’s sometimes hard to know whether something really is as difficult as we are making it out to be or whether we’re spoiling our chances of learning by believing that our efforts won’t come to anything.