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How much do you practice?

#41 User is offline   david.sg 

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:02 PM

Here are some tips on what to practice when you're feeling stale or uninspired.

http://www.laschoolo...ike-practicing/
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#42 User is offline   pfox14 

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:20 AM

I saw an interview with a well-known guitar player whyo said he practices 8 hours a day - 365 days a year. How do they do it? I could never accomplish that & also know I will never be a very good guitar player either unless I do something close to that.
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Posted 29 May 2012 - 02:11 PM

i play whenever i feel like playing when my guitar is staring at me… scary **** dude
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Posted 18 June 2012 - 07:46 AM

hi aaron i have been playing for years and i play with eyes close but before a gig i always practice. this is important. strum the guitar even just 30 mins.
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Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:57 PM

Chee got it right. I can play without thinking, practicing requires a great deal of thought.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:34 AM

I am 63 years old and have been back at the guitar for about 10 months now, I practice 1-2 hours a day. Before I used to watch the TV from about 8pm to 10pm and mindless shows that gave nothing to me. Now I go down in the playroom and pick up my guitar and practice for that time. I get a lot more satisfaction from the practice time than I ever did from watching TV. On the weekends there is always something to be done from the "Honey do list " but I still manage to find an hour a day somewhere to sit and relax while I practice I try to work on scales, a warm up and a couple of songs to give me an interesting break up of my time spent. the amount of time you practice will be determined by the other things in your life. My son has two young children and obviously doesn't have the same freedom that I do so he might put in a few hours a week, at most.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:46 PM

im 21 been playing as a hobbie player sinse early high school i took it fairly seriously during high school playing up to 4 hours a day as i mainly did music for the 4 years i was there and i played in most of the bands at school.but really played anytime i got a chance most nights i would pick a good 8 songs that im into and just play until boredom has dissapeared. then after i left high school i played less because of work somtimes missing out on playing at all. but got to play abit on weekends just for fun. the past 3 years ive hooked onto it opening doors that had not yet been opened until 3 years ago. getting in 15-20min most days, the past 6 months ive been getting into slide more and jamming in bands and stuff gettign it back. practising for 20-40mins a few times a week. so really just for fun over the time ive been playing but im hoping that when this band gets going it will become more than just a hobbie [thumbup]
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 08:46 AM

View PostScorpio, on 08 November 2012 - 10:34 AM, said:

I am 63 years old and have been back at the guitar for about 10 months now, I practice 1-2 hours a day. Before I used to watch the TV from about 8pm to 10pm and mindless shows that gave nothing to me. Now I go down in the playroom and pick up my guitar and practice for that time. I get a lot more satisfaction from the practice time than I ever did from watching TV.



Excellent point. About the tv. What a waste of mind numbing time.

I am 64 years old and have been back at the guitar for about 10 months now. I practice 2-3 hours per day but the goal is always a minimum of two.

I am learning guitar with the Gibson Learn and Master Guitar course. Each morning I get up before my wife, make coffee and then practice for one hour with headphones as to not wake her. Each evening from 9 to 10 I go upstairs and practice for one hour while she watches tv. These two practice times are not negotiable.

Each day I try to throw in an hour of fun guitar playing. Trying to learn a song from Learn and Master Song Hits or anything else fun. This hour doesn't always happen but I try and squeeze it in when possible.
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:29 AM

I play for maybe 2 hours to sometimes 4 hours a day depending on how much time I have and weather its a weekend or not, cause when its not school kinda gets in the way.
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:00 PM

I find I learn more playing along with a band so I bought a gdec amp (boooo fender!)

I play every day for at least 10 minutes (sometimes up to 2 hours depending on work commitments) - Hasn't got boring yet after 20 years!
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Posted 02 July 2013 - 01:02 PM

View PostAaron, on 23 August 2010 - 07:46 AM, said:

Hey guys. Since I'm a fairly new player, I'm wondering how much you more experienced players practiced when you were starting out, and what you focused on. My immediate goals are to become a competent enough rhthym guitarist such that I could find a band or other work as a guitar player. Beyond that I'd like to become a competent lead player as well. I don't want to just noodle in my music room forever, I actually want to acquire skills that I can put to work.

I have teacher who is very good. Right now I am working on basics; rhythm playing, reading music, getting a decent sound. My lessons usually focus on something pretty specific, which I then go practice for a week until my next lesson. I try to practice for at least 1/2 hour everyday, but usually I practice more than once per day for a total of up to 2hrs. Sometime I feel like I am not progressing very well, and it gets frustrating. I play the same songs over and over again, and they start to come together, but very slowly. I've only really been focused on guitar for about four months, so I guess I can't expect too much.

Anyway, what this long winded post is asking is How long did it take you to get "good"? And by good I mean having the skill and confidence to say "Yeah, I'm a guitar player, lets jam" and then be able to put your skills to good use in a band environment.

I play every other day for 2 hours due to my employment. Have fun that's the main thing.
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Posted 18 November 2013 - 10:20 PM

I "play" twice a week, I usually play shows on saturdays , and have a jam session once a week with some friends.
I practice two hours a day, usually writing New material or honing skills
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Posted 03 January 2014 - 08:55 AM

I average about 7 hours a week, could be 1/2hr one day and 1 1/2hrs the next day. My 'practice' is usually free jamming and making up phrases that I may or may not keep. I rarely play cover material, just because I have a low attention span for it and even if I learn it I will forget it eventually. I have stacks of music books that have songs that I have learned, forgotten, re-learned, forgotten, etc.

And since I have gotten my new Les Paul Trad, I have been practicing about 2 hours a day. The guitar inspires me more than anything else ever has...:)

I have had it for nearly two weeks and have made up 3 complete songs, when usually I average about 1 new song a month, or so. That's what inspiration does...
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Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:55 PM

Not enough.
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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:09 AM

I'm just getting started, but try to get in about 45-60 minutes a day. Biggest challenge is that I travel a lot. So lately I've been takinga beater acoustic with me just to keep getting time on strings. If it gets crushed by an airline, I won't cry :)
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Posted 13 May 2014 - 09:19 AM

I work and study but try to aim for at least 30 minutes 6 days a week and on the 7th day i practice for about 2 hours.

If i get a spare 10-15 minutes i'll pick up my acoustic and have a quick noodle around on that, i also have a guitar i keep downstairs and if i'm watching something on TV will grab it for a minute between commercial breaks
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Posted 24 May 2014 - 06:36 PM

About two hours a day and on the weekends most of the day.
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Posted 28 May 2014 - 08:35 PM

I practice about half an hour a day, sometimes practise more on the weekends.
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Posted 28 May 2014 - 08:46 PM

View PostFZ Fan, on 12 February 2014 - 03:55 PM, said:

Not enough.

Same here. [rolleyes]
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Posted 29 May 2014 - 03:40 PM

View PostFZ Fan, on 12 February 2014 - 03:55 PM, said:

Not enough.



View Postcapmaster, on 28 May 2014 - 08:46 PM, said:

Same here. [rolleyes]



Well don't you think we can all give that one an "Amen, Brother"! [thumbup]
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