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Old 09-17-2012, 01:45 AM   #1
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How can you practice 12-14 hours a day?

Just saw one x-factor episode where Simon Cowell told some boy(or girl or both) group that "Now you have practice 12-14hours a day"

What the heck? I drop dead after playing 6 hours(not straight) in a day - thats not even half. How much time will it take me to reach a state where i can practice for 12 -14 hours?
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:00 AM   #2
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Exaggeration and assholery on his part more than anything. Long haul practicing like that is a matter of endurance, which gets easier with good posture and having played your instrument a lot. I personally don't see the point of practicing for that long, since there's a lot of tendency to get sloppy when you get fatigued.
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:14 AM   #3
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your gigs should be 12-14 hours minimum, if you can't play that in one stretch in your rehearsals, you're hopeless
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:26 AM   #4
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What the heck? I drop dead after playing 6 hours(not straight) in a day - thats not even half. How much time will it take me to reach a state where i can practice for 12 -14 hours?

I'd say about 6-8 hours.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:02 AM   #5
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I'd say about 6-8 hours.

Pfft...you're not trying man

Whoever said assholery above was right. 12-14 hours is an unrealistic expectation
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:19 AM   #6
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Dude, i love guitar more than anything, but who has time to play 12-14 hours a day? (except Steve Vai)

I play everyday and it feels awesome when i can get 6-8 hours but with school and a job to go to, its normally like 2-3 hours. Sometimes only 1 if i'm super busy.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:40 AM   #7
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Pfft...you're not trying man

Whoever said assholery above was right. 12-14 hours is an unrealistic expectation

Actually I was making a poor attempt at a joke...meaning... from 6 hours to 12-14.... it'd take... 6-8h...but now that I explained it, it is even unfunnier
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:54 AM   #8
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teenaxe Just saw one x-factor episode where Simon Cowell told some boy(or girl or both) group that "Now you have practice 12-14hours a day"

What the heck? I drop dead after playing 6 hours(not straight) in a day - thats not even half. How much time will it take me to reach a state where i can practice for 12 -14 hours?


I have a friend doing that. It's pretty intimidating to me as a beginner. I agree it's exagereted and maybe sterile. It's hard for me to make any kind of statement as I don't even have my first guitar and maybe in a year or so I'll be so into it I'll play 12 hours a day as well but I don't know, it seems so extreme. I think my friend told me once he's doing that because he wants to be a "guitar hero" lol what's that
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:10 AM   #9
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Just saw one x-factor episode where Simon Cowell told some boy(or girl or both) group that "Now you have practice 12-14hours a day"


Yeah but he's a record producer not a musical mentor, and he's probably talking about doing a 12-hour day of all the things his acts do like dancing practice, singing practice, rehearsing as a band, attending to business, making yourself look presentable for the cameras, &c.

Besides, even if I though he was saying "Now you have to practice your instrument for 12 hours a day" I still wouldn't listen to him because besides playing the piano really badly he doesn't have any apparent musical talent. I'd listen to him if he advised me about the business side of things and I was a pop act. Anything else he has to say though would get directed to dev > null.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:08 AM   #10
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I know I've had stints where I've practiced 12+ hours a day, but that was during the summer when I had nothing else to do and it was mostly isolated incidents where I simply forgot to stop practicing. It's unfeasible to expect to be able to focus well enough to practice for more than 2 hours; doing so for 12 was drop-dead exhausting and left me burned out for days.

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There is much more benefit to be gained from brief, consistent practice sessions than from odysseys like that.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:08 AM   #11
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I'm at the conservatory where I learn two instruments: the piano and the guitar.
I have to divide my time total by two, I work 3 hours per day each instrument.
I don't want to practice more than that, because I think it's too much, and I don't want to lose my motivation.

Don't do too much, keep your motivation, and always have fun.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:31 AM   #13
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I think 12 hours is probably too much. I mean it's like exercising with anything. There is a point at which you just have to stop, otherwise you will end up just doing more harm than good.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:47 AM   #14
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Quality, not quantity, with your practice. You can practice poorly every day for five hours and make almost no progress, and you can practice mindfully for one hour every other day and progress quickly. It's all in HOW you do, not how MUCH.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:28 AM   #16
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No really, it just requires a large amount of dedication. It really is making guitar your full time job.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:33 AM   #17
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John Coltrane did a solid 12 hours a day for quite a long time, just because he was such a legend. If you can do it it would be so worth it.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:36 AM   #18
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I knew a guy that put in a solid 8 for the entirety of the time we went to high and middle school together. He's possibly the best guitarist I've ever seen play, and I've seen some high-level bands play that have total shredders for guitarists. He's unbelievable.

However, no one can stand playing in a band with him, because he's really pretentious. Being confident in your playing is one thing, but he's also totally intolerant to other people's music tastes.

He's the reason I picked up guitar, and I haven't talked to him in a year

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Old 09-17-2012, 01:21 PM   #19
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I knew a guy that put in a solid 8 for the entirety of the time we went to high and middle school together. He's possibly the best guitarist I've ever seen play, and I've seen some high-level bands play that have total shredders for guitarists. He's unbelievable.

However, no one can stand playing in a band with him, because he's really pretentious. Being confident in your playing is one thing, but he's also totally intolerant to other people's music tastes.

He's the reason I picked up guitar, and I haven't talked to him in a year


How many time he played untill he could have the stamina for 8 hours?


and btw: people dont understand the point of this thread. I have the time, i truly do want to make this my profession, i do focus on quality and i see greater improvements-per-hour as i gain more and more experience, and i can take care of my own focus after breaking the 4-6 hours practice session. Even if i cant get anything out of a practice that lasts for 12 hours, at the last 6 hours ill just play for fun, who cares - just get more hours.
Airline pilots, what they do when they start? Flying hours. Doesnt matter if its on a 747, or on a private plane on a model which they will probably never fly again. Just be with the instrument as long as possible.

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Old 09-18-2012, 03:53 AM   #20
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Actually I was making a poor attempt at a joke...meaning... from 6 hours to 12-14.... it'd take... 6-8h...but now that I explained it, it is even unfunnier


Ahhh sorry man.... I see now... doh...

Dont worry about unfunny..... because when you typed your response it wasnt...it actually was in the realms of mildy amusing /semi funny / at worst quick witted....

...now that ive posted.....its just....

...awkward....

...wish I hadnt replied at all now

ummmm... distraction needed....

MODES!

TS: if you want to do 12 hours...go for it.... the legends all probably did...
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