How much work and practice?

Linda Ronstadt made the following comments [3:22] in an interview about how hard she worked at the process of learning to sing as well as she did.

In order to get good, you really have to spend 6 or 8 hours a day doing it.
You have to spend hours and hours and hours, day after day, year after year.
It took me about 10 years to learn how to sing, even after I was a professional.
It took me 10 years until I really had some control of my instrument and I could deliberately do what I wanted to do.

Sometimes, as I continue on with 1000 Days of Dryfire, going to the range weekly to livefire, or taking training from someone else several times a year, I wonder whether I work at it too much. Then Linda comes along and basically tells me that actually I’m only spending a minimal amount of time and effort at it compared to how hard people who are really good at their craft work. Thanks for that bit of motivation, Linda.

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5 responses

  1. Most people don’t get this and I don’t understand why. It is relatively simple – garbage in, garbage out or hard work = success.

    Gary J. Glemboski


  2. Reblogged this on Brittius.

  3. I’m always curious when I read about practicing dryfire with a semiauto. Do you just work the action for every shot, or is it one trigger pull only, or just going through the motions of pulling the trigger? Like I said, just curious.

    1. There are different ways of doing it. The SCCY is DAO and works just like a revolver. I often work a S&W the same way, even though it’s DA/SA. Sometimes when I’m practicing transition with the Smith or a striker fired auto, I will hold on the first target, recock the pistol, re-grip the pistol, and then transition to the second target. But other times I just press the dead trigger again and try not to move the pistol.

      For any auto that needs to be recocked shot to shot, the best solution is to have a partner stand off to the side and work the slide for you to recock the pistol.

    2. I currently carry the XDs. I am looking to transition to a DAO but still shopping.

      Thanks for the reply.

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