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rhoads
post Nov 15 2010, 07:44 PM
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Hi everybody,

This will be a long post so I put the idea in the title to get your attention because I really need your opinions and advice on this.

On short: I want to save some money, give up my daily job and practice about 7-8 hours a day for one year.

To me it's clear now, playing guitar is what I like to do the most and I never stopped dreaming that one day this is what I will do this for a living also. I know it is possible (even here in Eastern Europe) because I have lots of examples and I am willing to pay the price to get there, but for this, there is one essential condition: to be VERY GOOD at it. You don't need to be a guitar god but to be VERY GOOD at it. And here is the problem. I discovered this instrument (and all the related stuff) at 22 years old. Now I am 26.

It's been almost 3 years now since I have taken practice seriously which means that I invested 90% of my free time to this. I tried to get to a an average of 4 hours a day for practice but, unfortunately these are after about 6-8 hours of programming which is what I do for a living for 6 years now. All this is starting to be really toxic because a have very little time to spend with my family and fiends, read a book, watch a movie and the list can go on and beside this, I kinda feel that most of the time was just wasted because you cannot really assimilate much after working a day in front of a computer. As a result: my skills are still pretty low. (you can check out my REC takes if you like: http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...p?showuser=8284 or http://www.youtube.com/alexandrugeorgescu)

So, my plan is to save some money until around March next year that should last me for about 6 months, quit my job and start practicing 7-8 hours a day after a efficient agenda which I am sure I can find on GMC. Of course, to take some private lessons from a teacher in my town and there are some local bands which I can jam with. (I don't plan to practice alone for the whole time). So this will be the main activity of the day, just as I would have gone to a music school tongue.gif, and this way I will progress a lot better.

I know I said 1 year in the beginning but the 6 six months will be a milestone because my fear is that I still don't know if I have real talent at this. All I know I that I like it more than anything else and I want to do this for the rest of my life. I keep blaming it on the lack of time and on tiredness but I don't want to lie to myself and figure out some stuff about me. (I am not in high school anymore, not even college so I it is about time smile.gif. Anyway, if after 6 month of practicing like this I still feel that I am not too far from the level I am now, then.. maybe this isn't my thing after all, or maybe 22 years old it is just to late to start playing guitar. But if is the other way around then I will do anything I can to get another 4-6 month of practice like this. And maybe after one year I will have the necessary skills to join a let's say.. semi-professional band an develop from there on. And on. And oooooon, it's Heaven and Heeeell \m/ !!!. Ok, got a little carried away here smile.gif.

Anyway, rock and blues are the styles that I want to study. Would like jazz also but I haven't tried it before and I know that one year is not enough for this. I will approach it however.

So, please tell me, am I crazy ? is this a good idea ? do you think that one year is enough to get to a decent level ? (please check my REC takes also before answering to this one so you can have an idea of where I am now).

I know there are still lots to talk about, planing, etc but his was just the spark so.. please enlighten me smile.gif


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- rhoads   Quitting My Job And Dedicating 8 Hours A Day For Practicing Guitar   Nov 15 2010, 07:44 PM
- - jstcrsn   QUOTE (rhoads @ Nov 15 2010, 07:44 PM) Hi...   Nov 15 2010, 08:04 PM
|- - MonkeyDAthos   QUOTE (jstcrsn @ Nov 15 2010, 07:04 PM) i...   Nov 15 2010, 08:49 PM
- - Marek Rojewski   I don't think that aiming at being "very ...   Nov 15 2010, 08:51 PM
|- - rhoads   QUOTE (Marek Rojewski @ Nov 15 2010, 07:5...   Nov 15 2010, 09:17 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   QUOTE (Marek Rojewski @ Nov 15 2010, 03:5...   Nov 16 2010, 02:13 AM
- - Chris Evans   hmmm, a lot to think about there, as jstcrsn said,...   Nov 15 2010, 08:52 PM
|- - MickeM   QUOTE (Chris Evans @ Nov 15 2010, 08:52 P...   Nov 15 2010, 09:48 PM
|- - rhoads   QUOTE (MickeM @ Nov 15 2010, 08:48 PM) I ...   Nov 15 2010, 10:05 PM
- - Mudbone   If you're already practicing up to four hours ...   Nov 15 2010, 10:11 PM
|- - rhoads   QUOTE (Mudbone @ Nov 15 2010, 09:11 PM) I...   Nov 15 2010, 10:38 PM
|- - Gary   QUOTE (Mudbone @ Nov 15 2010, 10:11 PM) I...   Nov 16 2010, 07:26 AM
- - Ivan Milenkovic   I LOVE the way you think. I have news for you - Yo...   Nov 15 2010, 10:59 PM
|- - rhoads   QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Nov 15 2010, 09...   Nov 15 2010, 11:11 PM
- - The Uncreator   Hard to say without knowing how the situation wher...   Nov 15 2010, 11:12 PM
- - ztevie   Isn't there a possibility to take some time of...   Nov 15 2010, 11:54 PM
- - Sollesnes   Might be nice to start the project with a band to ...   Nov 16 2010, 01:26 AM
- - Gus   I admire your courage. Pursuing your dream is much...   Nov 16 2010, 02:29 AM
- - maharzan   I love your spirit man. Go for it. At last the onl...   Nov 16 2010, 09:48 AM
|- - rhoads   QUOTE (maharzan @ Nov 16 2010, 08:48 AM) ...   Nov 16 2010, 11:42 PM
- - Fran   Interesting. Pursuing your goals and what you lov...   Nov 16 2010, 12:29 PM
- - Bogdan Radovic   If you can afford it financially and would say go ...   Nov 17 2010, 01:26 AM
- - maharzan   This might inspire you.   Nov 17 2010, 03:03 AM
- - rhoads   I am seeing him live in 3 weeks in Bucharest.   Nov 17 2010, 08:27 AM
- - Daniel Realpe   I would say that you should check with a cold appr...   Nov 21 2010, 04:06 PM
|- - rhoads   QUOTE (Daniel Realpe @ Nov 21 2010, 03:06...   Nov 23 2010, 11:43 PM
- - maharzan   On the contrary, Daniel, that is a classic way of ...   Nov 23 2010, 05:10 AM
- - vampire18   you dont have to be that good, if you can play per...   Nov 24 2010, 09:04 PM
- - Ivan Milenkovic   I was in the similar place as you some years ago. ...   Nov 28 2010, 06:32 PM
- - rhoads   Good choice   Nov 28 2010, 07:13 PM
- - maharzan   Thumbs up Ivan. Is it just coincidence that most g...   Nov 29 2010, 05:17 AM
- - audiopaal   I wish I could afford quitting my job, and fully c...   Dec 2 2010, 09:37 AM
- - Kael   If you can afford it and you feel confident that y...   Dec 5 2010, 04:09 AM
|- - rhoads   QUOTE (Kael @ Dec 5 2010, 03:09 AM) If yo...   Dec 5 2010, 01:53 PM
- - rhoads   Happy New Year everybody ! Just want to bring...   Jan 2 2011, 08:45 PM
|- - Daniel Realpe   QUOTE (rhoads @ Jan 2 2011, 09:45 PM) Hap...   Jan 4 2011, 05:51 PM
- - Marek Rojewski   Bring the thunder!;)   Jan 2 2011, 08:58 PM
- - Gitarrero   All the best, man! And please keep us updated ...   Jan 2 2011, 09:20 PM
- - Kristian Hyvarinen   Hard work will always pay off, man!   Jan 3 2011, 08:46 AM
- - maharzan   Yep.. hard work will pay off.. but you will have t...   Jan 3 2011, 08:55 AM
- - Rik Veldhuizen   good luck! Enjoy the last few months of workin...   Jan 3 2011, 08:56 AM
- - rhoads   Hi again, Does anybody know what happens if I can...   Jan 11 2011, 07:49 PM
- - Gitarrero   As far as I know, you don't lose your forum pr...   Jan 11 2011, 08:08 PM
- - Kristian Hyvarinen   My subscription was cancelled since I didn't h...   Jan 11 2011, 10:25 PM
- - rhoads   Good news in this case   Jan 11 2011, 10:36 PM
- - rhoads   One more month to go   Mar 4 2011, 05:40 PM
- - Michael AC   I am a programmer here in the states. Have you con...   Mar 15 2011, 01:51 AM
- - rhoads   I tried that, for almost three years. I worked onl...   Mar 15 2011, 06:54 PM
- - Nava   Wish you best of luck Great to see so dedicated ...   Mar 15 2011, 07:35 PM
|- - rhoads   QUOTE (Nava @ Mar 15 2011, 06:35 PM) Wish...   Mar 15 2011, 10:23 PM
- - rhoads   Hi everybody ! This Monday was my last day of...   Apr 8 2011, 09:45 AM
- - Marek Rojewski   Wicked:)   Apr 8 2011, 10:00 AM
- - dark dude   QUOTE (rhoads @ Apr 8 2011, 09:45 AM) Hi ...   Apr 8 2011, 12:57 PM
|- - rhoads   QUOTE (dark dude @ Apr 8 2011, 11:57 AM) ...   Apr 8 2011, 06:14 PM
- - Fran   QUOTE (rhoads @ Apr 8 2011, 10:45 AM) Hi ...   Apr 8 2011, 03:34 PM
- - rhoads   Hi everybody ! Sorry for not posting anything...   Sep 26 2011, 10:11 PM
|- - SirJamsalot   I've read this thread in its entirety. I'm...   Sep 27 2011, 01:35 AM
- - rhoads   Thanks for reading it all SirJamalot After I wen...   Sep 27 2011, 08:15 AM
|- - SirJamsalot   Well let's clear away the negative dross first...   Sep 27 2011, 09:17 AM
- - Cosmin Lupu   Hey Alex! I will write this here so that ever...   Sep 27 2011, 09:39 AM
- - Marek Rojewski   Please don't see this advice as any kind of mo...   Sep 27 2011, 10:12 AM
|- - Cosmin Lupu   QUOTE (Marek Rojewski @ Sep 27 2011, 09:1...   Sep 27 2011, 10:38 AM
- - rhoads   First of all thanks for all your thoughts. Ok, let...   Sep 27 2011, 01:35 PM
- - dark dude   Vocal training will allow you to connect with the ...   Sep 27 2011, 05:45 PM
|- - Todd Simpson   The guys bring up some great points Also, it...   Sep 27 2011, 07:25 PM
- - Shuma13   "Regarding what you said SirJamsalot, with tr...   Sep 27 2011, 09:32 PM
|- - SirJamsalot   QUOTE (Shuma13 @ Sep 27 2011, 01:32 PM) ...   Sep 28 2011, 12:43 AM
- - Mudbone   This turned out to be a great post, as there is a ...   Sep 28 2011, 01:03 AM
|- - Cosmin Lupu   QUOTE (Mudbone @ Sep 28 2011, 12:03 AM) T...   Sep 28 2011, 07:17 AM
|- - SirJamsalot   QUOTE (Mudbone @ Sep 27 2011, 05:03 PM) Y...   Sep 28 2011, 09:09 PM
|- - Frederik   QUOTE (SirJamsalot @ Sep 28 2011, 10:09 P...   Sep 28 2011, 11:06 PM
|- - rhoads   QUOTE (SirJamsalot @ Sep 28 2011, 08:09 P...   Sep 29 2011, 07:10 AM
- - Cosmin Lupu   I can turn anything into gold just by thinking abo...   Sep 29 2011, 07:27 AM
- - tonymiro   QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ Sep 27 2011, 07:25 ...   Sep 29 2011, 10:10 AM
|- - Todd Simpson   QUOTE (tonymiro @ Sep 29 2011, 05:10 AM) ...   Sep 29 2011, 11:05 AM
- - Cosmin Lupu   Time is what we make of it If we choose to rush ...   Sep 29 2011, 11:46 AM
- - rhoads   I was playing this song with some guys, a few mont...   Sep 29 2011, 11:51 AM
|- - Cosmin Lupu   QUOTE (rhoads @ Sep 29 2011, 10:51 AM) I...   Sep 29 2011, 12:42 PM
- - rhoads   Hi everybody ! I've been away from this w...   Apr 13 2012, 11:53 AM
- - maharzan   Great to see updates rhoads. Its always great when...   Apr 13 2012, 12:06 PM
- - Ben Higgins   Welcome back Rhoads. It sounds like you had a lot ...   Apr 13 2012, 12:07 PM
|- - SirJamsalot   QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Apr 13 2012, 04:07 A...   Apr 13 2012, 06:31 PM
- - dark dude   Great to hear that you kept your promise and pract...   Apr 13 2012, 04:20 PM
- - SirJamsalot   Rhoads ~ as you've experienced, playing live i...   Apr 13 2012, 07:16 PM
- - Alex Feather   Wow I read your post from the beginning and I must...   Apr 14 2012, 09:24 AM
- - Slavenko Erazer   You should take it as is - at least you have kept ...   Apr 14 2012, 11:22 AM
- - JaxN4   Hey Mate welcome back, I remember when you first p...   Apr 14 2012, 11:38 AM
- - Cosmin Lupu   Hey Alex! The romanian Alex I mean but hello ...   Apr 14 2012, 11:52 AM
- - rhoads   Thank you guys, QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Apr 13 ...   Apr 14 2012, 02:43 PM
- - rhoads   Hi all, This was my first week of working again ...   Apr 29 2012, 11:19 AM
- - Cosmin Lupu   Heading my way, man? If you want, I can try to ho...   Apr 29 2012, 11:39 AM
|- - rhoads   QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Apr 29 2012, 10:39 A...   Apr 29 2012, 11:53 AM
- - Cosmin Lupu   Alright mate well, if I hear about something I wi...   Apr 29 2012, 05:15 PM
|- - rhoads   QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Apr 29 2012, 04:15 P...   Apr 29 2012, 07:36 PM
|- - Cosmin Lupu   QUOTE (rhoads @ Apr 29 2012, 06:36 PM) Am...   Apr 29 2012, 08:18 PM
- - graymic   QUOTE (rhoads @ Nov 15 2010, 07:44 PM) Hi...   Apr 30 2012, 09:44 AM
- - PosterBoy   Gray! It was a little too late for your advic...   May 2 2012, 06:46 AM
- - rhoads   Yes Mike. It's a bit to late. The year has pas...   May 2 2012, 07:49 AM
- - Cosmin Lupu   Well, Mr rhoads if you wish that, no, let me reph...   May 2 2012, 01:47 PM
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