Posts Tagged ‘10000 hours’

12-month practice review – June ’10

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

On June 22, 2009, I started the 10,000 hours of practice project. 365 days into it, here are the stats and some reflections after the break on a year of monitoring my practice.

Hours practiced (June 22, ’09 – June 22, ’10) – 463.59

Average daily hours (June 22, ’09 – June 22, ’10) – 1.27 (1hr 16.2min)

Current total hours (since 1995) – 4681.59

Estimated date of 10000 hours achievementSunday, Dec 5, 2021
(Assuming I maintain this year’s average daily hours.)


6-Month Practice Review – Dec 09

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Today marks six months of closely tracking my taiko practice time.  Here’s a status report and some thank you’s!..


Howto: Track your practice with WordPress and gnuplot

Saturday, October 31st, 2009


Here’s how to set up a system with pretty graphs to track your practice time and display it at your WordPress site!  I’m using mine to track the time I spend each day on four different categories of practice, and also show my progress toward the goal of 10,000 hours of total practice.  Every day I add my practice times to a log file and the system generates updated graphs nightly.  When you visit my blog site, the running tally is given in the header (or anywhere else I want it on the website… like here! (5045.95).  And the graphs at my “10,000 hours of taiko” blog post are also automatically updated every night.


10,000 Hours of Taiko

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

A great test of taiko science is now under way!

The book Outliers (review here) proposes the “10,000 hour rule” — mastering anything requires 10,000 hours of practice. As an experiment, I’ve decided to try and track my taiko practice time. I’ve conservatively estimated how many hours completed thus far, and am now carefully recording my daily practice. Watch this site to see when I cross the 10,000 hour mark (probably somewhere between Apr 8, 2017 and Aug 14, 2026) and then we’ll decide if I’ve reached “master” status. :)

Current total:



Graph generated:


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