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post Jul 27 2008, 07:42 AM
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I try and play most days, always in the evening either because of work or family, at least an hour, but normally once I get into something I play for 3-4hours, usually have at least an evening off a week, I find it helps especially if working on something tricky to give myself a break now and then.


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post Jul 27 2008, 08:02 AM
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I am in my truck all day and night when I am on work tour of 3-4 weeks. If i have had a very long day I will dive into bed without practicing, otherwise I try to get in at least 1 hour a night, and more if I can.

For example, this is a slow weekend for me, I practiced 3 hours tonight, and probably the same tomorrow. Practicing for me right now consists of playing along with CDs and radio, picking out the key and scales and then working it on the whole fretboard. I'm trying to get totally comfortable with all pentatonic and diatonic boxes in all positions.

I can't believe how much I've learned in 3 months. With enough practice, we all have NO limits.


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post Jul 27 2008, 08:04 AM
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the point is, I got to actually well, learn to practise:O Like doing excersises.


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post Jul 27 2008, 08:36 AM
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I normally play 4 hours a day or so. Sometimes on the weekends though i hit the 10 hour mark. It really depends if i am into something new I learned or am writing a song.

Generally speaking though guitar is my life.

There have been times in the past where i actually played too long and ended up being down for a couple days do to muscle strain. That is when you know its too much.

I think the longest guitar playing binge i was on was like 18 hours, I played all day from 6 in the morning till about 7 at night then went and played bar gig.

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post Jul 27 2008, 09:04 AM
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I aim for an hour a day, but with my work, last week I was so tired I couldn't play anymore tongue.gif

How do you manage to play ten hours a day? I wouldn't know what to play... That's a problem of mine, I don't know names of songs, but I do recognize them tongue.gif


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post Jul 27 2008, 09:58 AM
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atm i do 2 to 3 hours a day, on weekends sometimes a bit more.

every fifth day i take a break to let the exercises sink in.


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post Jul 27 2008, 10:02 AM
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No I am not a full shredder yet, I have been playing for only a year. But in my terms its like 3-4 years. I can play many intermediate songs though and some advanced solos which are epic smile.gif
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You konw what they say.

It is not how many years you have played but how many hours

I think it was Pavel who said that

Then i am like you Kaznie when i have played i while i dont know what to play anymore so therfore my sessions dont become more then 5 hours even if i have the sparetime

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post Jul 27 2008, 10:11 AM
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I try to play at least 2 hours a day for now, but sometimes I just can't (too much work or too tired when I'm back home). I really enjoy every single second (even my warmup exercises), and I am very motivated. Actually, I'll have a lesson with Paul Gilbert in November when he comes to Paris and I suck, so I have to work really hard until then. It's cool because it gives me a kind of "deadline", that's even more motivating.
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post Jul 27 2008, 10:22 AM
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QUOTE (Ttask @ Jul 27 2008, 11:11 AM) *
I try to play at least 2 hours a day for now, but sometimes I just can't (too much work or too tired when I'm back home). I really enjoy every single second (even my warmup exercises), and I am very motivated. Actually, I'll have a lesson with Paul Gilbert in November when he comes to Paris and I suck, so I have to work really hard until then. It's cool because it gives me a kind of "deadline", that's even more motivating.


I'm SO jealous! wink.gif

i don't think i could play anything technically advanced in front of the great paul gilbert. i'd just sit there and strum e minor probably hehe


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post Jul 27 2008, 11:03 AM
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The older I got, the less I practice... rolleyes.gif Sometimes I don't touch guitar whole day, and sometimes when I record or something, it's hours long playin'! tongue.gif


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post Jul 27 2008, 11:07 AM
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I have no fixed amount of playing time per day, some days I play several hours, others I play less.


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post Jul 27 2008, 11:22 AM
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Well it depends on the day, sometimes I play for 3 or 4 hours, somedays 1 hour, and other days I haven't got no time at all T_T
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Mininum of 2 , usually 3 hours a day. We are talking very focused practice here, I have felt the most benifit from this type of practing smile.gif


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post Jul 27 2008, 01:15 PM
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QUOTE (Ttask @ Jul 27 2008, 11:11 AM) *
... Actually, I'll have a lesson with Paul Gilbert in November when he comes to Paris ...


Wow! That's just awesome! Lucky you!

I guess my average is 2 hours per day, some days 1, some days 3... but for some reason I seem to get more time in winter although I'm on vacation now! Too much outdoors time! laugh.gif


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post Jul 27 2008, 01:32 PM
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QUOTE (Fran @ Jul 27 2008, 01:15 PM) *
Wow! That's just awesome! Lucky you!

I guess my average is 2 hours per day, some days 1, some days 3... but for some reason I seem to get more time in winter although I'm on vacation now! Too much outdoors time! laugh.gif

Yeah, same here, 2-3 hours average, sometimes not at all... We have such nice weathers now ( and I'm on vacation biggrin.gif biggrin.gif ) so I don't like to be sitting inside. In winter I can sit around the house all day, and It's a great feeling just to sit at home, play some winter blues, and look outside from the window and watch how the snow keeps falling smile.gif


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post Jul 28 2008, 01:14 AM
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I used to get really hung up on how many hours a day i'd spend practicing, and feel awful whenever i was either too tired/drunk/ill etc to play on a particular day.

This adversely affected my enthusiasm and now i intentionally put all clocks away before i practice. I just play until i feel like stopping.

Funnily enough this tactic has increased the amount of time i spend playing guitar overall and improved my practicing because now i play something until i'm satisfied with the results rather than play to a deadline and think "hmm it's been 15 minutes, now i should move on to something else".
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post Jul 28 2008, 01:24 AM
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QUOTE (Chief Brody @ Jul 27 2008, 05:14 PM) *
I used to get really hung up on how many hours a day i'd spend practicing, and feel awful whenever i was either too tired/drunk/ill etc to play on a particular day.

This adversely affected my enthusiasm and now i intentionally put all clocks away before i practice. I just play until i feel like stopping.

Funnily enough this tactic has increased the amount of time i spend playing guitar overall and improved my practicing because now i play something until i'm satisfied with the results rather than play to a deadline and think "hmm it's been 15 minutes, now i should move on to something else".


That is a very good outlook I'm going to try that way.


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post Jul 28 2008, 01:57 AM
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These last days it's been TOO hot to be outside. So instead, I've been spending 4+ hours a day in front of my PC with a glass if ice tea, a talbe fan, my guitar and some good lessons =)


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post Jul 28 2008, 06:31 AM
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QUOTE (Canis @ Jul 27 2008, 08:57 PM) *
These last days it's been TOO hot to be outside. So instead, I've been spending 4+ hours a day in front of my PC with a glass if ice tea, a talbe fan, my guitar and some good lessons =)


Ya since it is hot outside I spend my time in front of the A/C practicing drinking gatoraid haha

i spend 3 hours here 1 hour on scales 1 hour on covers 1 1/2 hours on improv 1 1/2 hours on making material 1 hour on musical study while playing guitar and 1 hour learning techniques. Every few days, I spend a 1/2 playing in the dark too which is so my brain builds reflexes to find the frets on the neck smile.gif

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QUOTE (sigma7 @ Jul 26 2008, 08:37 PM) *
Hey gmc, I was wondering how long you guys play on an average day? I may be crazy but I play like 10 hours a day at least. I am not lying haha, the strat never comes off of me. I dont no if that is normal. huh.gif

How long do you play on the average day? smile.gif

you are lucky guys!!
besides work and my 2 kids i try to use every free minute playing guitar... so i guess thats about 1 to 3 hours an 3 to 4 days a week mostly late at night when everyone is asleep.

so i guess i would really love to play 10 hours a day although it seems a little much if you want to have a social life too...

keep on rocking!!! cool.gif


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