How much time do you spend playing your guitar(s)

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Biddlin, Apr 22, 2017.

How much time do you spend playing?

Poll closed Apr 29, 2017.
  1. Less than 1 hour/day

    19 vote(s)
    31.7%
  2. 1-2 hours/day

    35 vote(s)
    58.3%
  3. 3-4 hours/day

    5 vote(s)
    8.3%
  4. More than 4 hours/day

    1 vote(s)
    1.7%
  1. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

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    I have always spent a lot of time playing my guitars. I grew up in a musical family and never thought of "practice" as work. I spent a fair part of the seventies on the road playing professionally and even after settling into my government gig, I played with local bands. I always got in at least two hours playing time every day. Now in retirement, I usually get in four hours/day.
    How much time do you put in?
     
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  2. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    At least 1-3 hours. Too bad it doesn't show [emoji1]
     
  3. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm not gigging, only recording, so it doesn't really matter to me personally. Plus I have a busy job, am on call all the time, and have a house to keep up yada yada yada....
    I've played for thousands of hours over the years and am taking what I know and writing my own stuff now.
    I enjoy that more than gigging anyway.
     
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  4. TheDuck

    TheDuck Most Honored Senior Member

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    I try to dedicate an hour or two per day to playing. Its a nice relaxing distraction from work, real life, etc.

    Some days though, I just can't spare the time. :(
     
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  5. Mouse

    Mouse The Knees of Rock

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    During the weekdays it can be tough but I try for at least an hour to wind down after work. On the weekends it can be 4 or more per day. I'm usually up by 6 so I can get in a couple of hours before anyone wakes up. Our band practices on Sundays from 7-10 so there's that too.
     
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  6. Jigglebone

    Jigglebone Senior Stratmaster

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    No time to practice atm except on weekends. Wish I had more time.
     
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  7. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I'm happy if I can pick my guitar up. Some days it's not physically possible, so none of the options in the poll really apply.
     
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  8. Chief101

    Chief101 Senior Stratmaster

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    Not nearly enough. Job, 3 kids, wife, honey-dos, yard work and various unexpected tasks tend to take priority. I practice more on the weeks leading up to my performances at church.

    If I spent as much time practicing as I do looking at this forum I'd be exceptionally well rehearsed and have much greater skill. ST is an obstacle to greatness.
     
  9. Dick Blackmore

    Dick Blackmore Senior Stratmaster

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    I try to put in 1 hour every day. Sometimes all I get in is a rendition of Workin Man Blues.
     
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  10. 76Burst

    76Burst Strat-Talker

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    I'm retired and don't have a lot time commitments these days so I can play as much as I like which turns out to be quite a bit. Pretty sweet.
     
  11. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too.

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    Not nearly enough lately, quite frankly. I need to get through some personal things that are sapping my motivation.
     
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  12. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

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    Would make a great needlework sampler to display over a computer desk.
     
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  13. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

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    I am subject to fits of melancholy, but have programmed myself to just get out the gear and play.
     
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  14. anderz

    anderz Senior Stratmaster

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    5 to 15 minutes if I even pick them up.

    It's only when I feel like it but my playing habits are as good as ever.

    These days playing guitar and music is on a lower scale of priority though I am independent and have plenty of time.
     
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  15. newplayeroldguy

    newplayeroldguy in the wind

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    I play more during the cold weather than now

    my first love is riding, so if the weather is good I'm riding- but I still try to get in an hour or so with the guitar, Lord knows I need the practice
     
  16. dreamingstrat

    dreamingstrat Strat-Talker

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    I do play at church.. so whenever Im scheduled to play, thats the only time I pick up the guitar the week before and start practicing the songs. I'm usually better when I regularly practice scales, or just do some finger speed/strengthening exercises, I go for a full hour or maybe 30-45mins at least. but most of the time, I just look at my guitar cases and wish that I have 27 hours a day!
     
  17. LPBlue

    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit!

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    How much time do you spend playing your guitar(s)

    Not nearly what they deserve however I will plead that my life gets in the way...but I'm planning to sue...I'll pay for this!...probably with a nice old SG.:cool:
     
  18. liltimmy

    liltimmy Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm convinced my guitar chops would be utter trash if I had grown up someplace warm and fun. -20 degrees and three channels on the rabbit ears will inspire you. A big Marshall or other tube amp running is like an auxiliary heater. Play to stay warm. I play best in dry 90+ degree weather. If u ain't sweating your blues can't be hot!
     
  19. Rastus

    Rastus Senior Stratmaster

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    Hello,

    At some point in time, to get anywhere with the guitar or any musical instrument, you'll find ( hopefully ) a period of a couple of years or more, where everything comes together, & snowballs quite quickly, from quality time dedicated to nothing but the instrument, & the desire to play it & music well.

    By the time I was 19-20, I was playing better than I do now, as I could pretty much play what came into my mind, out on my guitar. I could play along to any song on the radio, & get away pretty well with playing to all my favorite stuff.

    And then there's stuff that you have to sit down & learn, as it's a written part, that needs to be played as written, so that the band is playing what's composed. These tunes are much harder to learn & play too, as they're part specific. But these tunes also get you up to the standard written above.

    Today I'm lucky if I'm even interested in playing once a week or so, simply because I've more or less accomplished what I wished to achieve on the guitar, or in music itself, & have other interests to full-fill. This said, 1/2-hour or so bringing my ears in-tune again, & stretching the fingers out, sees me capable of playing to nearly anything again.

    Playing in a band or jamming with friends on a regular basis should give you the will to play more often, so your practice time increases, & so your skill level advances.

    Ciao, & keep at it, as everyday you do move closer to the next plateau. And then you start over again.

    Rastus
     
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  20. ProSonicLive

    ProSonicLive Senior Stratmaster

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    I am always absently playing one riff or another. usually [practicing the sections of songs I find most difficult. so almost always have my guitar in my hand. That is not bragging. I have been blessed to be able to spend so much time. with it. I may ACTUALLY play about 1-2 hours a day. But I am often "fiddling" for up to six.