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What's in a Name?

Barron Ryan

Hello my name is by Emily Rose / Tako Fibers

Hello my name is by Emily Rose / Tako Fibers

Keyboard Confidential, Declassified, Classical with Attitude, The Masters' Apprentice, Book Sm{art} … I'm pretty proud of the names I've created for concerts, albums, blog series, and other things, and thought it'd be fun to show you what my naming process looks like. Let's proceed.

I needed to name a new blog series in which I describe and demonstrate how I practice (which hopefully will be a lot more exciting than it sounds, and is coming soon—like in a couple days). So I started by making a stream-of-consciousness list of all the names I can think of. Here's what it looked like:

  • Practice Bites
  • Sounds Bites
  • Practice Files
  • Practice Log
  • Practice Sounds
  • Progress as Practiced
  • Practice Progress
  • Sounds from the Woodshed
  • Live from the Practice Room
  • Down 'n' Dirty
  • Practice Clips
  • Practice Sessions
  • Inside Practice
  • Practice Secrets
  • Study Session
  • Practice Archives
  • Practice Insights

I know—some of those are horrible ideas. I just wanted to get everything in my heard out on the page. Once I had a list with some decent options, I tried it out on a couple trusted friends/family members. One liked 'Practice Files' (which was also my favorite), but the other didn't so much. So we added to the list:

  • Practice Makes Perfect
  • Practicing Perfection
  • Practice for Progress
  • Training Days
  • Training Tracks
  • Everyday I'm Practicing
  • Practice Tracks

The last name, 'Practice Tracks', seemed like a winner, and my trusted experts agreed. A quick Google search revealed practice-tracks.com, a website with the latest post being in 2011 and a 2008 copyright, so I don't think my small blog operation is going to ruffle too many feathers.

So there you have it! Starting soon, you'll get to hear how I actually practice in the new Practice Tracks blog series.

P.S. Progress as Practiced was actually my and one other expert's favorite, but that's only because we're used to seeing these signs around our hometown of Tulsa, OK.