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4.0 out of 5 stars
A mixture of ticket science and the obvious, 27 Mar 2014
This is a book about how to become really great at skills such as sports or music performance.
As a pro musician and music coach, I was obviously highly interested.
Coyle breaks down the three principles into the coding/practice part, "ignition"(broadly, inspiration) and coaching.
In essence there is no surprise here for anyone who spends their professional life in music practice and teaching.
True, it is interesting to read how the neuroscientific mechanism of myelin works (a sort of fatty reinforcement mechanism to nerve circuits needed for skills).
But in practical terms, knowing this doesn't to my understanding change much about how skills are acquired.
There are some very interesting detailed observations about individual master coaches and what makes them good.
Definitely an interesting and thought provoking book. Just-to be fair like most books of its type, like Malcolm Gladwell's-a bit of a padding out exercise. There are three key concepts. Good. Tell me succinctly how they work. Done. Next book.
I guess it would be more of a booklet or pamphlet but insofar as this is in the "how to" category -tell me his to and then let me go do it!
In any case, worth the money and worth reading, if perhaps selectively.