Goldilocks and practicing

You likely know the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. As she scours the three bears' home, searching for comforts of food and rest, it takes her a few tries to find exactly what she's looking for. Too hot, too cold. Too hard, too soft. To large, too small. After too this or too that, we hear the phrase we're all waiting for, "Juuust riiiight." (Okay, I don't know if she ever said it quite like that, but that's how I imagine it, anyway.) So what does Goldilocks have to do with practicing? Obviously, it's that eating more porridge will help you play better. Kidding. Rather, a principle I have learned in my own playing and then in my teaching is that when you can overdo and underdo somet

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