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  • #78617

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    So here is my first log,

    I think I’m gonna start off with a free mini-course, it means I can start my journey on the smaller scale, as I’m someone who has a tendency to go all in, and do way to much to quickly.

    My core idea behind all of my lessons, is to teach guitar to students, using exercises that are based around Desirable Difficulty.

    I’ve researched ways of improving my skills and practicing, and I discovered a huge wealth of resources.

    A lot of the focus around desirable difficulty is based around business, although there are some books based on “talent” I want to focus more on guitar.

    So my first thing I need to decide on, is what to base my mini-course on…As there are so many aspects to playing guitar…it’s a case of working out which topic to start with, and then working on the best approach!

    #78644

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    This is awesome @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    If you have an active audience, come up with a few ideas for mini courses and ask what they’d want the most. If you dont have an audience yet, put the word out for a week or so everyday on social media in a bunch of mediums (pics, videos, posts) letting folks know what your’e thinking and ask for them to vote. You could also go into guitar learning groups and post. This is great time for market research so you create the right product the first time.

    #79159

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    <h2>My Big Why</h2>
    My big reason why, is so that I can spend time with my family, I can take them on holiday and give my wife the time off she won’t currently take (as she wants me to achieve my goals) – I want to get to a stage where I can provide her  the time to invest, as all of my time will be free’d up due to the courses I’ve created.

    I also want to inspire and show musicians and guitarists who aren’t as confident, who are worried that they’re not good enough that not only they’re good enough, but give them the tools that means they can get out of a tight spot in their learning to find all the answers they need using science and information that they wouldn’t believe would work.

    I want to show that talent is something that is there and available for everyone, it’s not something that is only given to “few” it’s something that can and is built over time, and that with subtle changes to what they do, it can be done!

    To bring clarity to a saturated market of “guitar teachers” who have the skills but don’t know how to show it – to not just help beginners but also people who have been working for YEARS at their craft that their skills are amazing and to hopefully reduce the feeling that they are:

    never good enough

    To not only teach/preach the mindset, but also the real life exercises and skills that actually make a difference to their playing.

     

     

     

    #79166

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    <h1>The Fountain of Riches</h1>

    Two dreams of mine I’m doing now, I’m going to start giving time at least once a month (as I’m not sure how much more she’ll take) to do something related to her passion! For 3 hours she’s free to do anything she wants whilst I keep them occupied.

    Every day, I will spend at least 30 minutes more with my two children, without having to rush back to work!

    #79180

    Rory Breen
    Adventurer
    @rbreen@cybersecurities.uk

    Good for you, my children are now teenagers, verging into adulthood and one regret I had, was not spending enough time with them when I was in a Corporate Job..

    So good for you buddy……

    I also missed the bed time story reading now.. looking back, at the time I wanted to go down and watch the TV.. Cherish these moments…

    #79191

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    So good for you buddy…… I also missed the bed time story reading now.. looking back, at the time I wanted to go down and watch the TV.. Cherish these moments…

    Thank you 🙂

    I have been lucky enough to be already self employed so they’ve had me around a lot more than if I had a Corporate Job – When my two were born, I last 3 months before I went self-employed, then I got to far in my head – worrying about getting enough work done.

    Thanks for your reply, and advice – my two are only 5 and they are already growing too fast!

    #79210

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    I thought i’d do a proper update as well here – apologies if I’m posting to much!

    So I’ll admit I’ve been slacking (more like to worried to try…)

    I wanted to really kickstart my course. I told my dad last week about my course, and he asked me this week how the progress was going. I was almost ashamed that I said it wasn’t….

    It’s half term now in the UK, and so that means my lovely two monsters are off of school, which we’re all relieved with.

    I thought, to add a little bit back to every I’d share what I’ve been doing to keep me accountable to everything within the eCourse adventure.

    I binge-watched a LOT of the live calls recently, and they were just so fascinating, although some are older, it was still serious gold. I took so many notes with the call with Ted Hardgrave:

    and that’s just for starters, I also discovered Moneylab.co (which I think was from another call here…) and then I rediscovered Asana, and the course on Asana for Bloggers that Matt created was amazing, he really does take a similar outlook to marketing as we do, and does things just that little bit different, which I loved!

    So with that, I went a little Asana crazy and setup Asana for both the two blogs I’m working on (one of which will eventually be where I host my eCourses) and then thought, hey…I need to get myself going with the eCourse Adventure…so let’s create one and use the map steps as part of my tasks and here it is:

    This has really helped push me a little harder to finish something rather than just keep putting it off, as I can set a deadline and it appears on my Today list, and I need that list clear…I am funny like that.

    Also, installed FocusMe to help me to take breaks, and keep me focused when I need it! As I truly wouldn’t otherwise! It’s such a good tool, and also really does make me stop:

    It’s evil, yet effective! 🙂

    Also, taking a moment of reflection to really say how much I love this place! @bradleytmorris and everyone else makes it so easy to work towards goals, with replying even when everything is quiet in the area! It’s refreshing to visit a community that just doesn’t go quiet and everyone is so supportive, and it feel real, it doesn’t feel forced, no one appears to have an alternative agenda it’s all about helping others to create the Greatest eCourse EVER! 🙂

    Anyway, back to Mapora Meadows for me…

    #79263

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    <h2>The Art of Transformation</h2>
    My brain went a little mental when I started thinking about HOW I could create an experience that was unlike anything that’s been done before.

    Guitar tutorials and lessons are done ALL the darn time…they are the same ideas, and are built in the same ways. The Art of Transformation was a fantastic video, as it really did make things really interesting…As I don’t think I’ve ever found a course that builds an experience for guitar players who want to do something a little different.

    Anyway, to the journaling questions:

    Q. What kind of breakthroughs for students are you wanting to facilitate. List them with a short description. 
    • I want to help students break through the barriers of learning, the musicians world is very much about ” How amazing is this person vs this person” I want to break that barrier to entry, I want to show that you can come from not being able to do something to being able to learn songs, and learn to play music in a way that means you can perfect your craft, without focusing on being better than others. To escape from the “competition” and move to the “co-operation” and exploration.
    • I want to provide tools so that all levels of students, can see gains no matter what level they are, to take away from the “this person is better than me, I’m just not talented” to help them achieve their goals through deep practice and a new way of learning, a way that means that even if you only have 15-20 minutes a day you can still improve your ability on guitar/other instruments.

    I don’t think that’s the shortest of explanations so far, but I’m sure as I continue I’ll shorten things down, and get them more refined.

    What are some creative ways you can facilitate that breakthrough in the online world.
    • A trip around your brain, with Mr Myelin (a character which helps students learn that through the development of Myelin they are able to improve their skills on Guitar, using Deep Practice and Desirable Difficulty.
    • Exercises, that I already currently do in my physical 1-1 lessons that will help them develop their skills in the “Art of Slow”…Sloth Character
    • I could design a game based around learning a new song, by randomly chopping up a song into bars – and then getting them to learn them a random bar at a time…

    These are just a few, and as you can see my brain was just like *ping* idea.

    Whilst writing I got slightly distracted looking up vector graphics, as I know that’s more likely to be a skill I can develop and then use with Adobe Character Animator, as I own the CC suite as it is…So that’s could easily be the direction I could go in.

    One of the concepts of deep practice, is breaking up a song into manageable chunks, and what would such a cool tool would be to develop a way for students to take a song that they’re learning, and scramble it up into 1 bar sections and then randomly choose one of them. – That is probably a rather complex program, and I’ve only just started getting the hang of PHP, but the idea is there, and is making my brain start thinking xD

    I also thought about two characters…

    Dr Myelin – whether animated or me as a character, (as I do love stupid voices, and have the tools here to record said voices…) could very easily be the guide of the entire experience, Myelin is what Deep Practice is all about building, so making it all about him would be a perfect idea.

    Another inspiration point hit me whilst working on it…a possible theme, if it’s all about building Myelin, perhaps the students are his “Personal Trainer/Coach”…helping him to build up his skills with drills and exercises, and it helps him build up his strength and power so that he can perhaps take on a sports event…

    It also goes into that idea, of humans find transforming themselves difficult but LOVE to help others…could be an interesting point there

    #79298

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    Journey Mapping

    1. Out of the four different eCourse styles, what size of eCourse experience do you feel most inspired and confident to create right now?
    I’m inspired, to go big! – however I feel more confident that I’ll be able to create a “Walk in the Park” at current, as it’s smaller scale, and I’ve not really created an experience like this before.
    2. What is the transformation or skill you’d love to build an eCourse around and share with the world?
    I’d like to build a transformation around teaching guitarists how to do Deep Practice, teaching them how to progress as a musician/guitarist whilst having fun doing so.
    The one thing I always struggle with, is to keep it small, so that’s the one thing I worry about when I start developing my course, is how to keep it small and not make it too big or ambitious.
    #79327

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    Man, you are making some serious traction here Jonathan. I love your reasons for being here and where you’re going with the guitar course.

    To break it down more simply for your first FREE course. What is an entry point. What is ONE simple skill that you could teach a beginnger that would help them improve their playing 3-10x? What hack or tip could you teach that would start them on their learning journey? Where do you start newbies coming to you for lessons?

    I’m sure you have a lot of magic and secret sauce recipes that you’re doing with clients that you aren’t even aware of. Really start thinking about all of hte little ways that you help people go “AH-HA I get it, I can do it!”

    I’m excited to see what you create in the coming months and years. You’re building a SCHOOL!

    #79329

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    Another idea. I love the idea of breaking songs down the way you described. You could essentially have EACH SONG be its’ own mini course. They could be ranked on level of difficutly. You could break the steps down into mini steps and kind of have a promise along the lines of “Learn X song in 3-weeks with just 15-minutes per day” or something.

    These are super tangible guarantees that people would be like, “YEAH, I Want that!”

    #79344

    xbobby
    Adventurer
    @xbobby

    Hi @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    I think that many have the dreams to be good to play (I had when I was young 40 years ago). But how did we come to that place?

    If you can teach a beginner, how to do that in a funny, interesting way, then you will have something that not so many have on the internet.

    Help the dreamers to be good.

    Maybe they come to a music school where there is a different room where they can learn different things.

    Start with one room, one thing, and focus only one that room, so it does not feel too big, at the beginning. Just focus on one task at the time in the beginning. Do expect that it should be perfect, think about to learn what you need to be good to make eCourses. That is a better goal to have.

    Have a nice day in the fantastic eCourse World.

    #79399

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    Man, you are making some serious traction here Jonathan. I love your reasons for being here and where you’re going with the guitar course. To break it down more simply for your first FREE course. What is an entry point. What is ONE simple skill that you could teach a beginnger that would help them improve their playing 3-10x? 

    There are so many, I just gotta focus that down as much as possible! 🙂

    What hack or tip could you teach that would start them on their learning journey? Where do you start newbies coming to you for lessons? I’m sure you have a lot of magic and secret sauce recipes that you’re doing with clients that you aren’t even aware of. Really start thinking about all of hte little ways that you help people go “AH-HA I get it, I can do it!”

    Going on from what I said, I was giving some thought yesterday and this morning, and I know that when my students start, they really struggle with changing between open chords. They can play their simple open chords, but when they try to change between them, they struggle and find it incredibly hard to actually do so. Although there are some small snippets and resources on HOW to change between chords in songs, it’s a very simple:

    Play slowly

    This in itself, isn’t incorrect, but it’s not just play slowly, its much more complex than that, you can’t just “play really slowly” and it’ll fix itself, whilst playing slowly you’ve got to become almost “hyper aware” of where your fingers are moving and WHY they’re moving, and HOW it works.

    So I wonder whether a youtube video or course on that might be useful. 🙂

    A lot of the feedback I’ve been getting and seeing over the internet, is how much fluff is on youtube lessons, where there is a lot of talking and not very much playing, with my walk in the park/free experience I’ve got to consider whether it’ll be better to do one longer video, or break it up. As the most efficient way to learn is to break things up. Quite possibly overthinking a lot of it, but any advice on making your course (free or otherwise) creative but not making it too much? How do you create a balance with creating a creative story, and not overstuffing it? Or would this kinda be covered by ensuring you script things? 🙂

    Another idea. I love the idea of breaking songs down the way you described. You could essentially have EACH SONG be its’ own mini course. They could be ranked on level of difficutly. You could break the steps down into mini steps and kind of have a promise along the lines of “Learn X song in 3-weeks with just 15-minutes per day” or something. These are super tangible guarantees that people would be like, “YEAH, I Want that!”

    Now that is a really cool idea, and that might be a really nice way of developing my free work into a shorter course, once I’ve got the hang of the skills I’m going to need! 🙂 that’s such a good idea…and is what people want, so damn much! I can already figure out a few songs that would work quite well for this… as well as how to setup an idea behind the email marketing as well, as daily practice is something that’s imperative with learning a song efficiently. So… that idea could be created via a short email style course. That way they’d get a daily email with a practice tip and reminder…hmmm.

    My brain is going crazy right now with ideas! 🙂

    Maybe they come to a music school where there is a different room where they can learn different things. Start with one room, one thing, and focus only one that room, so it does not feel too big, at the beginning. Just focus on one task at the time in the beginning. Do expect that it should be perfect, think about to learn what you need to be good to make eCourses. That is a better goal to have.

    I really like the idea of a “Music School” – that would be kinda fun! 🙂 and I can already think of the first room, it would based around a practice triangle which is loosely based on Gibbs Reflective Cycle.

    This is just exciting. Pure and simple exciting.:) Thanks to both of your for your amazing ideas, and insights! 🙂

    #79401

    Jonathan
    Adventurer
    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com

    Taking Inventory

    1) What have you already created that is highly valuable and possibly reusable?
    1 Blog Posts I’ve written
    2 A numerous supply of guitar exercises, some of which are still in my head, or not fully developed yet! 🙂
    3. An exercise based game for one my younger students, who loved shooting aliens so I taught him guitar, by using chords and progressions that killed aliens 😛
    2) What are you skilled at or what do you know that could be valuable to others?
    I’ve been self taught all my life, so I’ve solved any and all problems with guitar myself, I also have a thirst for knowledge and that has lead me to research ways to learn more effectively, and as I’m self taught I have used these skills to develop other peoples exercises, as well as create a number of my own exercises that can help people do more!
    I’m also a father, and have had to juggle real life, work and learning my instrument – so I’ve had to come up with ideas to help me progress without having to spend 3/4 hours doing it. I’ve learnt how to progress my skills at a faster rate due to Deep Learning that I’ve learnt through my mentor and through my own research on Deep Learning.
    I also create music for video games, and have created my own 2D video games in the past, specializing in RPG Maker mainly, but have made a few steps outside of that at one point or another.
    I also am reasonably experienced in WordPress and know how to make my way around wordpress and fix a lot of the bugs I find (cause god there are a ton of em…)
    3) Who do you know (your network) that is a valuable connection, friend or potential partner?
    I have a few close friends that are artists, and also I have my mentor who started me on this journey to learning about Deep Practice.
    I have a friend who also has his own decent video camera, with lighting (Not sure about a green screen though..) who’s always willing to trade with me! 🙂
    4) What do you enjoy? What are you passionate about? What do you love to do?
    I love learning new skills, and that feeling when I hear a student finally hit that moment of “getting it” when they’ve been working hard for ages, and all of a sudden get a drive and fulfill their goals and dreams of playing something.
    I’m passionate about sharing my love for music, and to teach others how to be successful even if they’ve not got all the time in the world
    I love creating new ideas and implementing new ideas and sharing them A LOT! 🙂
    5) What creative people do you have in your life that may be able to contribute to your course?
    My wife is an artist, specializes mainly in a comic book style, I also have another artist friend of mine who specializes in the “anime” style and she’s been doing it for a while now.
    I also have my mentor, who taught me everything I know at the moment, and also spurred me into obsessive research and development! As well as the above friend I mentioned who has studio space I could possibly use!
    (also I’m a techie…which helps :P)
    #79411

    xbobby
    Adventurer
    @xbobby

    @jonathan@jstewartmusic.com The learning cycle “room”, it get me thinking about a traffic circle – cool beginning – to learn about learning.

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