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Bart Meijer

A Silly Spreadsheet, that was!

January 27, 2011 at 10:04 PM

 Writing about the programming language APL, Edsger Dijkstra coined the phrase "A silly idea carried to perfection". That's how I now feel about this planning spreadsheet. The fact that it told me to practice more than 24 hours a day does not help either.

I still haven't worked out the relationship between practice time and progress, but it's not as simple as this spreadsheet approach suggests. Obviously, progress depends at least as much on the quality and fruitfulness of attention paid to aspects of the music, as on raw practice time.

I'll count this as a wrong idea dismissed, and make that a reason to be happy about it.

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