The 4 Stages Of Learning – MMEducation ( Bass & Neuroscience)


in today’s video I’m going to show you
why learn something new often feels like we’re taking a step back when starting out
I also share a little trick with you and how you can turn those beginning
struggles into one win after another bass hack coming up hey Basshackers Mischa here with MMEducation showing you how to learn faster and practice smarter by using the latest
findings in neuroscience so you can become the bass player you want to be
express yourself freely on your instrument and connect with your audience on a
deeper level so if you’re new here consider subscribing and at any point during the
video go check out the show notes in the YouTube description bullet points links
to related videos and the background music I’m using as well as free goodies
all in the YouTube description alright let’s get going and build some new
neural pathways we all have a natural urge to grow and learn and it’s quite
easy to start off something new but when the going gets tough it gets really hard
to keep the momentum going and the motivation high enough to not just give
up completely there are a couple of things that make it really hard to keep
that motivation going one reason for this is let’s take a concrete example you decided to learn… pick up slapping and you know you can play your
eighth notes on the open E string easily with your two plucking fingers now that
you start with your thumb all of a sudden you have to take down the tempo
quite a bit especially if you’re still working on your economy of motion and on
your sound and clarity it’s gonna be quite tough in the beginning and it’s
gonna be frustrating because it feels like “I should be learning on top I
should be getting quicker not from the bottom the temptation here is to just wing it
turn up the tempo to what you’re used to playing with two fingers and just have
fun with it and as much as having fun with it is a big part of learning
quicker you risk automating really bad economy of motion keep it as slow as it
needs to be the other temptation once you get into a topic start researching
on YouTube or ask your teacher all these sources of input might present you
with an amount of information that is just overwhelming so many things to do
right so many things to do wrong so many myths busted and so many hacks you don’t
know where to start and there’s so many things that you can do wrong here’s
where having a personal teacher is a big advantage here you see the cycle of
competence stage one is the unconscious incompetence you don’t know what you
don’t know before you start researching now what happens you see something that
inspires you and gets you motivated to check out this new technique called
slapping so either you go to YouTube or any other platform on the Internet where
you can learn something like that or you go and get a teacher now the teacher
tells you what you’re already all doing wrong you must be careful not to do this you
must be careful not to do that and really be aware of this the second stage
is called conscious incompetence that means that
now after asking for feedback from your teacher or after going to YouTube and
research this topic you have an idea of what you cannot do yet before that you
didn’t even know what it takes to slap maybe you thought you… just like I did in
the beginning go with your thumb under the string and pluck it really hard I went
to my teacher and he told me no it’s the other way around you slap it from the
top and then you bounce back with your thumb now we come to stage number three
the name is kind of counterintuitive because we think that conscious
competence is the highest level of competence but turns out it isn’t
because of you consciously competent to do something it means that you still
have to concentrate on what you’re doing while you’re doing it what we want to
establish is unconscious competence so that we can play well singing at the
same time we don’t really want to focus on “ok this finger goes to this fret and
this finger so this fret and then this finger plays that”
that’s all to complicated you can’t do that in real time that’s why you need to
automate all these skills and have them as unconscious skills which is staged
four the level of mastery one thing that Anthony Wellington made me aware of is
the fact that there are only two blissful states in these four stages the
blissful ones are either unconscious incompetence when you don’t know how bad
you are you don’t judge yourself so you feel good about yourself right
and then the other blissful state is unconscious competence the level of
mastery at the moment you get feedback instructions input that’s where it gets
hard that’s where you start judging yourself for not being good enough not
progressing quick enough and then in the stage of conscious competence same thing
you know how to do it but the moment you get distracted the slightest bit it all
turns to s**t that’s why I try to come up with a system to shortcut these
circuits let’s just take slapping as an example of a new skill you want to
acquire and let’s go through the cycle one more time we start out in the
unconscious incompetence stage we want to learn something new but we don’t really
know much about it so the questions we ask ourselves is what do I know about it
what don’t I know about it which are my blind spots we can find these out by
either researching on the internet or asking our teacher
welcome to conscious in incompetence this is where a lot of people get stuck
especially if they got the information from the internet we tend to be
overwhelmed by the amount of information on one topic or we just focus on what we
can’t do yet and demotivate ourselves on how: “I’ll never be able to do it like
that guy I might as well not start” that’s why we skip this step for now and
head right over to the conscious competence stage the idea of skipping
the conscious incompetence is as follows you want to establish where you
have to start what is it that you can already do maybe you can slap with your
thumb but you can’t pop maybe you can just touch the string with your thumb
what do you know about slapping once this is established you know where to
start now that you know where to start a lot of times it helps to define your
goal you already learned in “Why You Should Set Unrealistic Goals” that
setting big picture vision goals far in the future helps you to keep being
motivated so what is your definition of mastery of slapping do you want to be
double thumbing double plucking and tapping at the same time or is it just
enough for you to play octaves in a disco style what is your definition of
mastering this skill this is going to be your definition of the unconscious
competence when you know where to start and you define your goals you can now
reverse-engineer the process now take these steps and break them into tiny
little baby steps challenge yourself just enough so you’re on
the upper edge of your comfort zone smart goals
aim for a goal that can be reached in one to five minutes everything beyond
that is overwhelming and demotivating you want to struggle but be able to
perform whatever you’re doing perfectly most of the time aim for three perfect
ones out of four this is your sweet spot which helps you to get into the flow
check out my flow hacking series for more information on that topic
now that you found your sweet spot it’s all about repetition because repetition
takes your conscious competence and transforms it into unconscious
competence the mistake that lot of us do is we stop challenging
ourselves but the problem is if we stop challenging ourselves if we stop pushing
further the processes will slow down dramatically even Albert Einstein said
“repeating the same thing again and again and expecting different results is
insanity” are you insane? keep that struggle going
don’t crawl back into your comfort zone and get all shnuggled up challenge
yourself every time a little bit more but keep an eye on the clock you don’t
want to overwhelm yourself and not reach that goal quick enough 1 to 5 minutes
that should be your goal for reaching your goal another benefit that comes
from constantly pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zone is that we
are more likely to get into a state of flow which will further accelerate
our learning process at this point we have two options we can either go back
and forth between the conscious incompetence and conscious competence by
raising the bar ever so slightly every step of the way our just established
conscious competence will turn into conscious incompetence the more you
raise the bar a few repetitions and we arrive in the conscious competence again
now we dial up and go back to the conscious incompetence the other option
would be to automating the skill at the level that we have it right now here are
two ways of automating skills so let’s say you went through the whole cycle and
you’ve established unconscious competence with slapping the E-string
with your thumb now you come back to your teacher and say okay what’s next
now your teacher tells you “you know how to slap the E-string but do you know how
to slip the A-string?” and the whole cycle starts all over he might as well say
“you can slap with your thumb now but do you know how to pop?” same thing the whole
cycle starts again approach number one start applying your new skill to music
play along with a song when you play along with a song that you enjoy
listening to your brain gets emotionally involved and it is said that information
plus emotion equals long-term memory the more emotion is connected to your new
skill the more your brain will focus on strengthening those new neural
connections however it is important that you are somewhere close to your comfort
zone if the song that you’re playing along to is in 120 bpm you should be
able to perform the riff at 130 to 140 BPM in isolation so that if you play
along with the song you can really just let go create an experience rather than
keep judging yourself for the little mess-ups that just happen to everyone
believe it or not if on the other hand you really can’t enjoy playing along with
the song then just head back to practicing your conscious competence
there’s no use of automating something that you can’t even do when focusing on
it break down the steps to playing along with a song into even smaller bits
what can you already do what are your trouble spots you could just play the
first two bars of the first verse you could just play along to the song but
slow it down really analyze what keeps you from reaching your goal and then you
know exactly what to focus on your next cycle of competence approach number two
distract yourself while using the new skill deliberately think of something
else while slapping your bass make a shopping list in your head or think of
all the things you’re grateful for in this world the distraction game is also
a chance to give the controversial method of watching TV while you practice
a chance just make sure you take baby steps
so if you just played the riff ten times in a row
perfectly at 120 bpm don’t go watch a two-hour film now and expect to be
playing that same riff perfectly at this speed throughout the whole film it’s not
going to happen when you play the distraction game you want to stay in
your comfort zone it’s already challenging enough to perform well
without focusing or what you’re doing plus if you challenge yourself now it’s
very likely that you automate some mediocre movements as you can see
there’s more than one way to take advantage of the cycle of competence to
keep your motivation going it makes the most sense to take one micro-skill like
slapping the E-string and take it all the way through the cycle before adding
more micro-skills once automated you can add more micro-skills to further expand
your comfort zone bit by bit today I showed you why learning something new
can feel like a setback I also showed you how to use micr- goals to overcome
that stress of overwhelm when getting your information from the Internet I
also showed you the four stages of learning so you can always determine the
most suitable way of practicing now it’s up to you to not just take in the
information but create new neural pathways in your brain by applying the
newly gained knowledge question of the day what are you currently working on can
you determine which stage you on let us know in the comments section remember
that some of the coolest ideas come from you and the MMEducation community so
connect with everyone in the comment section and if there’s a specific topic
that you would like to know more about just let me know and I’ll do a tutorial
about the subject that interests you the most
alright Basshackers thanks for checking out this video I hope you’ve got you one
step further to what’s becoming the bass player you want to be definitely
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2 thoughts on “The 4 Stages Of Learning – MMEducation ( Bass & Neuroscience)”

  1. Strictly Bass says:

    Which skill are you currently learning? Can you tell which stage you are in, right now?

  2. erik steen says:

    These videos are so great! Thank you!!!

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