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Thread #86030   Message #1597805
Posted By: Peace
04-Nov-05 - 11:08 PM
Thread Name: Effective practice times
Subject: RE: Effective practice times
I have been working at my guitar playing after over 20 years not having touched the machine at all. Prior to that I played for about 20 years. Basically, I had to give it two hours a day, seven days a week. I'm upto about three now. I'll keep it there for a few more months and then increase it to four. Admittedly, there are stops and starts frequently, because I hate leaving riffs that don't cut it behind me, and much of the playing is used in the songwriting process. That said, if I intend to be 'pro' in both accomplishment and ability, that's what I have to do.

I have a continuing relationship with an instrument called a harmony chord, and because I have never been keyboard-trained (nor can I read music), I find that I have to make time for it also. The instrument sounds beautiful--and having done a few things on it that please my ear, I have a 'standard' to reach for. Again, I am of the opinion that any instrument requires the player's undivided attention for a minimum of an hour a day. More if you have the time. Any less than that and yer spinnin' yer wheels. IMO.