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post Jan 4 2010, 07:21 AM
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Hey everyone!

This semester i barely had any time to play guitar and by finals week had almost forgot that i enjoyed playing! Anyway this winter break I've been enjoying leisure time rivaled only by times in high school. I have literally everyday to do whatever i want but what is there to do? OH YEAH i play guitar and have upwards to 5 grand invested in instruments, amps, recording equipment, and pedals.

In High School I had plenty of time to do whatever i wanted (public school) and i tried to learn music theory but just didn't have the dedication or attention span. You really never learn HOW to learn until you go to college, at least that is how i feel I'm sure its different for everyone. But, in High School everything if spoon fed to you, everything is repeated numerous times almost to the point where you have to be sound asleep not to learn in class.

Contrasting this, college is exponentially more difficult as things are said once and you are responsible for remembering it (which in my opinion is ridiculous as i have terrible memory). So where does that leave college students? I think it leaves them with either with the desire to succeed or give up entirely. AND if you chose to try and succeed you need to learn to learn form reading text books and making sense of it.

How does this all relate to music? Well, I could never understand why i wasn't getting better in High School and it had to do with the motivation and skill set related to continuing to learn about music. I would just play the same pentatonic scale over and over again and expect to get better. Since I've been home I've studied Andrews Theory Lessons like i would study for Geology or say, French and it has broadened my understanding of music more than any other time i can remember.
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post Jan 4 2010, 07:41 AM
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well i am only still in highschool and i have noticed that i am not staying focused, learning important things for the guitar. and if i do start to learn new scales, and even more theory i dont stick to it long enough. But maybe when i am heading to college i learn how to stay focused and stick to learning for a long time!!!!!! for my cousin who started learning in highschool he stayed focused in learning guitar and now he is in college and tells me he barely plays anymore.


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post Jan 4 2010, 12:23 PM
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Interesting topic! Im an old man (28) so not in school. Ive been learning to write computer programs and web apps the past couple years and its definatly helped me with how I approach music practice. Also on the flip side, practicing music really helps me with my studies and computing smile.gif


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post Jan 5 2010, 12:56 AM
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I did most of my heavy practicing during high school, after that in university I didn't much, it was kind of struggle, and I was studying music! but not guitar, sound engineering

but now I feel really bad if I don't play for days!


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post Jan 5 2010, 01:20 AM
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QUOTE (Daniel Realpe @ Jan 5 2010, 12:56 AM) *
I did most of my heavy practicing during high school, after that in university I didn't much, it was kind of struggle, and I was studying music! but not guitar, sound engineering

but now I feel really bad if I don't play for days!


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post Jan 5 2010, 03:47 PM
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It is a fact that when you are younger you got more time for studying music. As you get older a lot of things come in the way, I would say even natural things - college, friends, family, girlfriend - later on its fiancee/wife, kids, providing for your family etc This is why it is essential to practice and work hard when you are younger because as you get older things will turn on you. I still find time for practicing and improving, mind you I am 26 and not married smile.gif From my perspective I can see myself marrying musician girl - that would be probably ideal - keep the music happening and find somebody you can share your life with smile.gif


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