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How much do you practice?

#61 User is offline   nixforsix 

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:46 AM

If you've got 10 minutes a day to practice, you can watch one of these (like exercise videos for guitar) that will help you work on specific techniques. Knocking one out daily should help.
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Posted 18 July 2014 - 03:29 PM

Every day before bed time
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Posted 20 August 2014 - 12:20 AM

Xome great advice here since I too am a beginner it hits home with me thanks for all the advice [smile]
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Posted 20 August 2014 - 06:13 AM

I'll try my hardest to pick up one of my guitars at least once a day and strum out a mix of a few chords, major / minor pentatonic scales, and slide scales. Just to help cement muscle memory for another day [tongue]

On a good day I'll pick one up in the morning while I wait for housemates to finish getting ready for work; I'll sit down for 10 minutes or so at the end of the day, with a cup of tea. And then a 1 to 2 hour session before bed. Sadly it's harder to fit into the day when I've got studying to do, but I soldier on! [biggrin]
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Posted 15 September 2014 - 12:23 AM

at least 3+ hrs per day
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Posted 19 September 2014 - 06:03 PM

View PostAaron, on 23 August 2010 - 03:31 PM, said:

yeah, I think I am going to aim for 2hrs a day, broken up into 2 sessions, and longer on the weekends. I'd play all day if it weren't for that job thing that happens right in the middle.


10-4 on the JOB thing...I am now retired so your two hours per day, well apportioned seems a good starting place.
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Posted 25 September 2014 - 06:24 AM

1 or 2 hours a day is enough, if you decide to practice for an hour a day, don't feel like you have to clear one full hour in a row in your daily schedule; you can split it into more than one time in the day if you need to. Just schedule both half-sessions at specific times each day, and stick to it!
If you are covering a number of different topics throughout the week, try to spread it all evenly throughout the week so that you cover everything on a regular basis. List everything you plan to work on throughout the week, and write how many minutes you want to work on each one when you get to it in its practice session. Then group your activities together by total length
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Posted 27 September 2014 - 09:54 PM

keep in mind that when you practice you put a strain on the frets. If you over practice you'll need to have a leveling and re crown. It's hard to find a tech that can do this right. If you practice too much you will find that the guitar won't intonate properly. If you look closely you'll notice the frets begin to flatten out. This will create the pitch to be sharp on some frets and OK in others. It sounds great brand new but that's the issue. You'll have to buy a new guitar.
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Posted 04 October 2014 - 05:12 AM

I try 20 minutes a day at a minimum, at some point I was doing an hour / day practicing and learning songs. But at 40 years old, wife, kid, mortgage... hard to find the time lol
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Posted 05 October 2014 - 06:29 PM

I try to get as much as possible. I do it in 20 - 25 minute blocks. I trying to make practice as enjoyable as possible. I remind myself it's called"playing" guitar. I also remind myself I am never going to be Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks or Warren Haynes. So I try not to be to serious about mistakes.
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Posted 15 October 2014 - 03:47 AM

I played for about fifteen years 2h a day .
But today with my childrens at a young age it 's becoming more diffcille is to balance family life .
So for three years I played 30 minutes a day if I can but it's complicated ...
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Posted 16 October 2014 - 04:19 PM

I've played for twenty years and I've stopped differentiating between practice and non-practice. I pretty much have a guitar in my hand whenever I'm home. I usually play/noodle/practice specific things every night while watching tv with my wife (who's usually doing something else, too). It's just a natural part of my day at this point, which is really nice.
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Posted 09 January 2015 - 02:40 PM

I, being retired, play / practice about 2 hrs a day. Gotta keep these old hands limber..lol
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Posted 13 January 2015 - 01:08 AM

Not enough as I have to go in the hospital Feb 9 for neck surgery , then I hope back at it
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Posted 13 January 2015 - 01:56 AM

Nowhere near enough. I need to find more time, alas life, wife, kids, work....all take up a lot of guitar time :D
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Posted 14 January 2015 - 09:06 AM

View Post4Hayden, on 13 January 2015 - 01:08 AM, said:

Not enough as I have to go in the hospital Feb 9 for neck surgery , then I hope back at it


What kind of neck surgery? And keep us posted on how it goes. I have been putting off spinal surgery for about as long as I can. We are going to try spinal injections but if that doesn't resolve it then I'm going to have the surgery. Good luck!

View Postnick_s, on 13 January 2015 - 01:56 AM, said:

Nowhere near enough. I need to find more time, alas life, wife, kids, work....all take up a lot of guitar time :D


If you let kids and work, etc. interfere with your practice time you clearly have your priorities messed up! :angry: [laugh]
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Posted 16 January 2015 - 11:03 AM

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.


It depends on my state of mind, if I am happy practically 2 hs or more and if I am sad maybe 1/2
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Posted 06 May 2015 - 03:00 PM

I'm retired, so I manage to get in about two hours + - usually broken up into 30-45 minute segments. I spend at least 30 minutes on technique stuff; at least an hour on the current stuff I am working on with my jazz teacher and then about 30 minutes on stuff with my band. A friend of mine told me (and I think he was quoting Miles Davis): the difference between a really great player and a very good one is that the former practices 4 hours minimum; the latter 2 hours. If I am working on a new performance piece, I will spend more time until I get it to a level I am comfortable with.

For me, practicing is work, plain and simple. I'm fairly disciplined, so I can usually get it done - but it is still hard work. Some days, I just don't feel like doing it but usually manage to get it done. Its all about putting in the time. Kudos to the players that do more than two hours. For me, practicing is also a mental exercise, especially when I am tacking complex pieces that involve chord substitutions. I play a lot of classical stuff (albeit poorly) and just figuring out how to finger some of that stuff is daunting, but fun in a challenging sort of way. You know, there are some days when I sit down to practice and I get this vibe from my guitar that says: You may be up to it today, but I'm not! Sounds weird but true.

Best advice: be consistent, go slowly - don't try to make yourself work harder than you are capable. Most important: Have fun with it. Playing guitar for me is a never ending challenge - I approach it as a student, always willing to try to learn new things or figuring out a way to do old things in a new way. Every time to start a new piece of music, I get a rush, similar to what I had as a kid first learning the instrument.

I started formal lesson when I was around ten and played until I was in my 20s. I gave it up but always kept coming back to it. One day I realized that I was a "Recovering Musician." That I needed to play that instrument as much as I needed to breathe and eat food. The guitar for me, is food for my soul. I just hope that on my last day on earth I manage to get my practicing in! And I told my wife and kids that I am taking with 89 ES 175 with me to the big gig in the sky!

So, my friend, "practice hard each day and you will get better. But its all about the journey and not the destination.
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Posted 17 July 2015 - 04:17 PM

I try to make room for at least an hour practice/playing every day. Sometimes its less, but nearly everyday a little strumming, singing, scale practicing and very often way more. I have problems with sleeping at playing is a great way of removing stress so its therapeutical as well as fun. I have my guitars on guitar stands in my living room (its the only art I have) so I can pick one when I fill like it. With to daughters, a jobb and training for an Ironman again my day is more or less packed. No time for TV :-)
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Posted 18 July 2015 - 07:37 AM

View Postsarai abrams, on 25 August 2011 - 10:36 PM, said:

kindly differentiate Practicing from Playing :)


Playing involves entertainment.

Practicing involves playing with the expressed intent to learn or improve.

I try to practice at least one hour a day, and play for another hour, if not, more.

Hopefully, we learn every time we play, but IMO, we learn more quickly if we practice with a plan or a goal around a regimented schedule.

I noticed Duane posted in another thread that gigging guitarists and studio guys only tend to practice hard parts to pieces they are set to perform. I don't pretend to be a good guitarist, but I've known many good ones. They don't tend to practice scales, but many will play variations to warm up. When I've asked them if they practice, they often tell me not enough. As you progress, your routine changes. But there is always an area that needs work, and there are always new things to learn. And even seasoned pros will cop a lesson from time to time.

I was hanging out with Hiram Bullock on a New Years Eve back around 1978. His limo driver was late getting him to a gig. He had him on the phone and he was flying over some scales unplugged just to warm up. The more excuses he got from the driver, the faster he played. And he was focused on his conversation. It was awesome!
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