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post Sep 7 2008, 07:11 AM
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how long per day should i practice

i have been practicing about 3 hours per day should i go to 6 or 7?
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post Sep 7 2008, 07:31 AM
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You should practice 24 hours a day.
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post Sep 7 2008, 07:38 AM
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QUOTE ([email protected] @ Sep 7 2008, 11:41 AM) *
how long per day should i practice

i have been practicing about 3 hours per day should i go to 6 or 7?


You don't.


3hrs a day is very reasonable.Most important issue is regular practicing.So Practice everyday evenif it's 1 1hr per day.

But if you can devote more practice hours it never hurt  smile.gif

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post Sep 7 2008, 08:11 AM
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QUOTE (BodomESP @ Sep 7 2008, 01:31 AM) *
You should practice 24 hours a day.


I disagree. You should not practice more time than the average cat sleeps during a day. So no more than 21 hours.
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post Sep 7 2008, 08:20 AM
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Play as long as you want but be sue to use tat time as good as possible and prctise th things yo want to improve. And as Vinod said practise regulary. Its better to plat 1 hour a day then to play 6 hours one day of the week


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post Sep 7 2008, 08:26 AM
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QUOTE ([email protected] @ Sep 7 2008, 08:11 AM) *
how long per day should i practice

i have been practicing about 3 hours per day should i go to 6 or 7?

I'd say it depends on what your goal is. smile.gif But the more you play the better you'll get (as long as you think it's fun though and you don't loose motivation)


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post Sep 7 2008, 08:48 AM
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Yeah, I'm serious.. they should make days longer.. like 30 hours... So I can play more and still play counter strike biggrin.gif


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post Sep 7 2008, 08:59 AM
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I think three hours are very good, just be sure to play everyday and to follow a nice and complete practice routine. Usually I practice that way: 10 minute ear training, 10 warm-up, 10 reading, 10 rhythms, 10 scales, 10 chords, 10 triads, 10 pentatonic, 30 improvisation... about the techniques, just practice as much as you want, from 1 hours to 10 is good, but I prefer 1-2 hours, (I don't wanna be a super fast shredder biggrin.gif )


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post Sep 7 2008, 09:14 AM
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As the rest probably said it - it is more important that you develop a regular practice routine, so you practice every day over longer periods of time.

1h-3h it's all good. Just don't go too far, and practice one day 1h and the next 7h. Do this often and you can hurt the muscles. I suggest taking things easy, and if you wanna do longer practice sessions 6-7 hours do them by slowly increasing the number of hours per day. Try it, but again, make smaller pauses, and focus your practice. IMO it is better to have 3x2h sessions during the day, then one 7 hour session. By the end of the 7 hour session fingers are tired, and not much of a practice can be done.


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post Sep 7 2008, 09:17 AM
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It really doesn't matter how long you're practicing,time wise.
What is important is that you enjoy while doing it,
that way you'll progress a lot more and faster.
But as Marcus said,the more you practice
the more you'll gain,just do it with joy and fun. smile.gif


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post Sep 7 2008, 10:09 AM
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Obviously it would be ideal if you had many hours a day to practice, but it most cases that isn't possible.
As long as your practice is regular (every day) and you use your time effectively.
For example someone who practices properly 3 hours a day is going to progress way faster than someone who oodles around aimlessly for 6 hours a day.

Like Muris and Marcus said don't forget to have fun, one of the most important factors. What could be more fun than playing your guitar:)


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post Sep 7 2008, 10:16 AM
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QUOTE (Ian Bushell @ Sep 7 2008, 11:09 AM) *
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post Sep 7 2008, 10:29 AM
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post Sep 7 2008, 11:10 AM
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You can play for 3 hours a day and get the benefit of 6, if you wear hats like these. They absorb cosmic rays and make your practice twice as efficient.....

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post Sep 7 2008, 11:40 AM
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Honestly i think 2 to 3 hours is probably optimal for "Practice" anything beyond that should just be spent playing the instrument.

At least for myself i have found that practicing scales or technique longer than that has diminished returns. And sometimes even sets me back a day. Your muscles and mind need time to assimilate the information. Not to mention the time your muscles need to strengthen and recharge.

Obviously your threshold for doing this may be higher than me. I would say gauge your progress as you increase the amount of time. The key here is to optimize what is best for you.

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post Sep 7 2008, 11:48 AM
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QUOTE (fkalich @ Sep 7 2008, 12:10 PM) *
You can play for 3 hours a day and get the benefit of 6, if you wear hats like these. They absorb cosmic rays and make your practice twice as efficient.....

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post Sep 7 2008, 03:42 PM
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QUOTE (fkalich @ Sep 7 2008, 12:10 PM) *
You can play for 3 hours a day and get the benefit of 6, if you wear hats like these. They absorb cosmic rays and make your practice twice as efficient.....

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I discovered that white hats works fine too wink.gif


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post Sep 9 2008, 04:09 AM
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QUOTE (fkalich @ Sep 7 2008, 11:10 AM) *
You can play for 3 hours a day and get the benefit of 6, if you wear hats like these. They absorb cosmic rays and make your practice twice as efficient.....

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Your cat looks like he's ready to kick you in the ass. But, I agree with your headwear choice. I wear mine to pick up wimmings at the local watering hole. They just love it...
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post Sep 9 2008, 04:31 AM
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QUOTE (Marcus Lavendell @ Sep 7 2008, 05:48 AM) *
Really? blink.gif wow, that's cool laugh.gif
Where can I buy hats like that? tongue.gif


They are very expensive, made with special foil hand made by Taoist monks deep in a secret location. But I can get some and cut you a special deal for say, $500. I will throw the one for your cat in for free.

QUOTE (FrankW @ Sep 8 2008, 10:09 PM) *
Your cat looks like he's ready to kick you in the ass. But, I agree with your headwear choice. I wear mine to pick up wimmings at the local watering hole. They just love it...


It's not me, nor my cat. But I could take him on as my persona. He is pretty big, people might be nicer to me out of fear if I did that.

My cats all give me fair warning before they whack me, so I can cease what I am doing and avoid the consequences.

My cats are great. For example, if they think I need to change the litter box, they poop just outside the box in the laundry room, much nicer than going in my boot.
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post Sep 9 2008, 12:21 PM
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I was hung up on time for a good while, now i just play for as long as it's fun.

Obviously i have practice goals that i like to achieve before i finish but really i'm a strong believer in the idea that it's more than time that determines progress.

Yesterday for example i just lost the "feeling" for playing, even though i had a couple of hours set aside, my mind wasn't with it and i was playing awfully. So i just put the guitar down and did other things instead.

Came back today and everything felt right again, i just got on with my practice and a couple of hours later i've perfected a couple of lessons, learned a couple new scale patterns and generally feel good about my progression.

It's different for different people, but i personally can't practice for longer than 2 hours, because even if i'm enjoying it my concentration goes and once that happens you're bound to make mistakes (and i'd rather not practice how to make mistakes!)

At weekends when i'm not working and i have lots of time to practice i tend to break things up into 1 or 2 hour chunks over the course of the day rather than do it all in one go.

Find your personal balance between time, concentration, "feeling" and enjoyment. It changes from day to day, but whatever time you end up practicing for it's the right amount cool.gif

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