CGC 067 : Information Overload

//CGC 067 : Information Overload

CGC 067 : Information Overload

In this episode of the CGC Podcast, Simon talks about “information overload” and what you can do to simplify when you feel overwhelmed or distracted, or to know where to start when it just seems like there’s too much. Leave a comment below to share your own experiences and what you do to overcome information overload and “shiny-0bject syndrome.”

2018-04-15T15:37:15+00:0010 Comments


  1. Kari April 15, 2018 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this insightful podcast, Dr. Powis!
    Possible solution number seven for CGCers….
    Celebration Repertoire list.
    Have a running list of songs the student does want to play outside the CGC curriculum and make it a goal (so accountability). Take the list to the good teacher (CGC faculty for those at the academy) and get insight to what level the piece falls under and when the student could start working on it. Then the teacher could guide the student when he/she would realistically be ready to play a piece. It could be done as a celebration for meeting a goal.
    I currently have a short term list (2018-2019) and a mid-term list (2019 – 2023).
    The short term list contains three pieces. The mid-term contains five. Maybe I can take this list to office hours or shoot an email to the support?
    I can imagine most students have a piece or pieces they really want to play (a destination point that they want their train to take them). So why not build that in?
    Again, thank you for the great focus you provide your students. CGC has really helped me stay on the rails, to keep with the analogy. And I for one, am enjoying the scenic views as I go.

  2. Thane April 16, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    I like Kari’s idea very much. And I really “enjoyed” this podcast, because I have made or planned to make just about all of these mistakes, so for me it was very helpful! Nose, back to the grindstone. I think an additional issue for older learners might be something like Short-timer Syndrome. When learning the guitar as a young person. one’s future seems to stretch very far into the mists of time. There is time for everything. But once the reality of the human condition (mortality) beings to creep over the horizon, one is tempted to start cramming in as much as possible, and the siren song of those pieces you love is harder to resist.

    • Judy G. April 23, 2018 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      So true!!

  3. Donna Zitzelberger April 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    This was a welcome podcast, especially as it’s time to hunker down and prep for certification submission!

  4. joannes April 18, 2018 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    The very informative Podcast is a confirmation of what i also experienced.
    I postponed my final level 2 submission to work through the level 2 course for 100% and submit 4 months from now.
    striving for musical quality and preparing for the level 3 more important then playing difficult pieces.

    I partly agree with Kari’s idea.
    Adults do not easily change their behaviour and will make more then the younger one’s their own decisions, i fully agree with the podcast; restriction of material would be the best.

    However in my own situation sometimes I like to take up some of my old pieces i used to play long time ago and find now with the new technical and musical knowledge a way to apply this knowledge playing very very slow and have the pleasure that later i can play it.

  5. Nick Trapani April 20, 2018 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Thanks for this podcast Simon, it really struck a note. My practices have become more productive by staying the course and following the curriculum. It is easy to become distracted by the multitude of blogs and videos that offer advice and instruction.

    • Dave Belcher April 22, 2018 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Glad you resonated with it, Nick! Keep up all the hard work!


      Dave B (CGC team)

  6. Judy G. April 23, 2018 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this Podcast Simon! It was very timely for me! I just joined the academy and was really overwhelmed, but then I realized that by joining, starting in on the Level 1 Certificate Course, and starting a journal with my short and long term goals! I think I’m on the right track; I just have to beware of the shiny objects lurking!

    • Dave Belcher April 23, 2018 at 6:51 pm - Reply

      That’s great, Judy! Welcome to CGC!


      Dave B (CGC team)

  7. James Huckson June 3, 2018 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Great podcast, Simon! The topic is most relevant in my life. Sorry. Bit of a late reply, as I have been buried in postgraduate study.It has been tough to balance out study/work/guitar.I will get back on the ‘train’ soon enough! Although knowing of my my constraints, I have limited my pieces, really just concentrating on studies by Carcassi and Brouwer, and a few repertoire pieces.

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