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post Jun 21 2007, 08:02 AM
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for about 4 days a week after work I'll come home, play for maybe half an hour or so, eat dinner, read up on gmc for a bit, practice some more. some days it's only that half an hour, others I look at the clock and realize it's bed time. the other 3 days of the week is usually spent with my g/f, and since I cant see her except for those days ( she works different shifts than I do) my guitar playing suffers on those days. I try and make it up on the days I do play though


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post Jun 21 2007, 05:59 PM
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QUOTE (JOhn @ Jun 18 2007, 07:30 AM) *
don't practice much because my parents want me to study so much every day sad.gif



lol i had a 97 average at school i started playing guitar and now its about 70 ... parents mad as hell but wtf this is what i enjoy doing!
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post Jun 21 2007, 06:56 PM
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Yeah I hate how much school interferes with guitar. I'm lucky to get 2 hours a night during the school year. Over the summer though I get anywhere from 4-6 hours a day. I've realized how important guitar is to me though so I'm going to try and get a 3-4 hour minumum during sophmore year.

I'm so jealous of the people who can do 10-15 (or 27..wow). After 6 hours I get tired of guitar, hopefully I'll build up endurance though.
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post Jun 22 2007, 05:37 PM
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QUOTE (zubeh @ Jun 21 2007, 06:56 PM) *
Yeah I hate how much school interferes with guitar. I'm lucky to get 2 hours a night during the school year. Over the summer though I get anywhere from 4-6 hours a day. I've realized how important guitar is to me though so I'm going to try and get a 3-4 hour minumum during sophmore year.

I'm so jealous of the people who can do 10-15 (or 27..wow). After 6 hours I get tired of guitar, hopefully I'll build up endurance though.



yeah.. im only in ninth grade and its hard tget a good practice every day without damaging my average.

about the 10-12 hours: dont hurt yourself, better of playing 1 hour a day than hurting yourself and never being able to play again.
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post Jun 27 2007, 09:25 PM
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I'm practicing about an hour a day. sometimes a little bit more, so it comes up to 8 or 9 hours a week. It' s not relly much, but i think its ok.
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post Jun 28 2007, 09:55 PM
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i dropped a lot of programs so now i practice about 3 hours a day in school and since its summer i play like 5 - 8 hours, sometimes less or more but that's an average


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post Jun 28 2007, 10:00 PM
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Without spoiling the party, its not necessarily how many hours of practice you do, but what you practice that is important.

If you have a scheduled routine based on scales, harmony, theory, arppegios, jamming, composition and learning songs/standards, you will get beyond what anyone will by just mindlessly jamming.

I wish i had a more structured routine when i first started playing, it would have saved alot of time later on!

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post Jun 28 2007, 11:53 PM
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As with Ben I'm an advocate of structure. I aim for a minimum 2 hours a day (occasionally manage anywhere up to 8) to structure it.

I try to do minimum each day structured 20mins warm up, 20 mins all scales and modes plus 20 mins focused on one , 30 mins technique then 30 mins harmony and song/melody/riffs/soloing. If I can go beyond 2 hours I tend at the moment to focus more on technique as I've got into bad habits. I also try to do harmony/music theory away from the guitar for 30 mins (including reading music). When I'm on holiday and away from my guitar then I try to do at least 1 hour theory including visualising the fret board and patterns and arpeggios on it; chords, scales, modes and formulae; triads and inversions and the like. Just started trying to vocalise/sing scores/music to improve my sight reading and ability to listen, visualise and hear notes and music.

Sadly I can't say I stick to the above as my daughter (7 years old bless her) can be pretty demanding at times.
I do however think Ben is spot on - structure, at least for me, prevents me from aimless meandering.

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post Jun 29 2007, 12:42 AM
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I'll practice like an hour throughout the day on average but I play anywhere from 2-3 hours at night. Sometimes more.


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post Jul 4 2007, 07:44 AM
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I'd say 2-3 hours a night. In the last couple months I haven't improved that much as far as fast fingers go, although the theory side of things has gone through the roof. So all in all, I'm a much better player. I must get a good schedule going for practice like Ben was saying.

Anyone have any suggestions on what I should practise? Should I spend 20 minutes on timing, 20 minutes on scales, 20 minutes on scale fusing? Or am I completely missing the point here?...Normally I just rip some of my favorite songs playing to a drums machine.


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post Jul 4 2007, 11:00 PM
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i practice THIS music....
not very much tbh
should do more practice
i do bout 30 - 60 min a day, but one or two days a week i dont practice, cba....
i need to be less lazy
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post Jul 5 2007, 12:52 PM
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I finally found time to practice. I always leave 4:30 to 5:30 in the evening to practice. If i miss that timing then i have to practice atleast half an hour a night. At times i pick up my guitar and start practicing after lunch. My playing improved within a week.

I know it may be hard for you to be commited (thats something i lack), but i made it clear to everyone that i have to practice no matter what (even so sometimes i miss those sessions).

So now i practice about .... 8-10 hours a week (previous record was 3 hours a week)

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