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#1
Hey guys,

To all of you in high school/middle school (or anyone that played guitar back when they were in school), I just wanted to know-

How did you find time to practice amongst assignments/homework and stuff?
The amount of work I'm getting atm leaves me with about 20 mins to play...so how do you guys find time to practice- do you sacrifice good grades for guitar skills? Do you play at midnight? Do repetitive drills in front of TV? Share your thoughts
#3
I did my homework 5 minutes before it was due back when I was in High school. I also didn't get very many assignments, so I guess I had enough to time practice at leisure.
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#4
homework is for suckers.
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#5
Quote by Dimebag Dave
I did my homework 5 minutes before it was due back when I was in High school. I also didn't get very many assignments, so I guess I had enough to time practice at leisure.


I have 5 assignments due next monday and I doubt they could be done in 5 minutes!
#6
Quote by Myung-trucci
I have 5 assignments due next monday and I doubt they could be done in 5 minutes!


i bet they could if you didnt do them and got high instead.
that can take about 5 minutes.
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#7
Do as much as you can in school. Learn to multitask socializing and homework. Learn teachers grading habits to find various ways of slacking off w/o sacrificing grades.
Ditch tv, or play while watching tv. DOnt take care of a pet.
theres soo many ways.
Oh yeah, if you are one of those people who are in school and band and math team and science club and spanish club, and church oraginzattion, and still have 20 minutes, i salute you.
#8
i procrastinate, a great skill to have at that age.
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#9
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Do as much as you can in school. Learn to multitask socializing and homework. Learn teachers grading habits to find various ways of slacking off w/o sacrificing grades.
Ditch tv, or play while watching tv. DOnt take care of a pet.
theres soo many ways.
Oh yeah, if you are one of those people who are in school and band and math team and science club and spanish club, and church oraginzattion, and still have 20 minutes, i salute you.


agreed, i did most of my hw in school, and i do a lot of my playing at night, while watching tv, etc. multitasking + guitar is very effective
#11
Back in the day, I was serious about practice. Borderline failed most of my classes. I practiced 4-6 hours a day.

Grade 12, I got serious, still practiced that much, but actually did my assignments.

Now that I'm in university, I barely practice anymore.

1. Because I don't have the time. University is serious business. Can't fail.
2. When I pick up a guitar, I'd rather play something that relaxes me.
3. I don't feel the urge to improve my playing. Is there something to improve on? Yes. However, I'm at a skill level that I'm happy with for now. I don't have problems playing things I come across. Most of my play time goes towards improvisation.

tl;dr Practice now, you most likely won't have time in college/university.
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#13
Quote by one vision

tl;dr Practice now, you most likely won't have time in college/university.

I disagree. I'm making rather excellent grades and only spend 1-5 hours a week doing assignments as a full time student. I have more free time now than I did in high school. For those of you who aren't in college, it's not as hard as most people make it out to be.
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#14
I just didn't do my homework. I don't suggest this, however: I almost did not graduate from high school. Now that I'm in university, I do all my homework and work but still somehow manage to get an hour or so of practice in a day, although I do have my days where I'm just so jampacked that I unfortunately cannot play at all...
#15
Quote by Dimebag Dave
I disagree. I'm making rather excellent grades and only spend 1-5 hours a week doing assignments as a full time student. I have more free time now than I did in high school. For those of you who aren't in college, it's not as hard as most people make it out to be.

Yeah, it's not the case for everyone, but for me and most of my musician friends, it was. It's not that I have a lot of trouble with classwork, university permits a lot more freedom, and I spend more time with friends, etc. Not to say that I don't take music serious anymore. I still play a lot, I just use that time towards improvisation, composition, etc.
#16
Quote by one vision
Yeah, it's not the case for everyone, but for me and most of my musician friends, it was. It's not that I have a lot of trouble with classwork, university permits a lot more freedom, and I spend more time with friends, etc. Not to say that I don't take music serious anymore. I still play a lot, I just use that time towards improvisation, composition, etc.

I get what you're trying to say. I concur with this; there will be a significant increase in socializing and drinking at the university.
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#17
Eh...I just do a half-assed job of all my school stuff.

Still passing everything though
#18
Every damn month I have these little "episodes" where I have an insane amount of work to be done in so little time. It frustrates me to hell and it got to the point where I actually punched someone when I found out that I couldn't be practicing in the next week.

But when I don't have these little... frustrations, I usually come home, eat and do things for an hour, and practice for around 1-2 hours. I *sometimes* don't do homework at all 'cause I'm stuck up and first in my class rank anyways...
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#19
You only need to do 2 or 3 hours of homework and study a day (4 if you're a bit of a slow learner). I study during my lunch times, before school (I get to school early) and after school. All together that's about three hours and I only do about an hour at home. This leaves heaps of time for guitar, gaming and theory study.

Also, on friday nights I have band, which ends up me practising patterns whilst the band co-ord is trying to get the bandies to play their dog easy lines. Our rhthym section is almost perfect.

I also only see my friends and drink on weekends. I generally don't go out on school nights.

I have heaps of time.
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#20
Quote by Myung-trucci
Hey guys,

To all of you in high school/middle school (or anyone that played guitar back when they were in school), I just wanted to know-

How did you find time to practice amongst assignments/homework and stuff?
The amount of work I'm getting atm leaves me with about 20 mins to play...so how do you guys find time to practice- do you sacrifice good grades for guitar skills? Do you play at midnight? Do repetitive drills in front of TV? Share your thoughts


i`m on my last year on my sr. high school. i`m not really good at achieving good grades. but i don`t think to sacrifice my time for "guitar". everything is depends on how you manage your time. my class ends on 12:10pm, go home then take a nap for an hour, get my lunch at 13:00pm, do all homework till 15:00pm, and i use the rest to immerse my self in my guitar! haha...
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#21
Yes, it is about prioritizing. School has to come first, and depending on your work habits and what you are taking, high school can be a challenge, and university can really kick the crap out of you.

From there, it comes down to putting music next - before TV, video games, internet surfing, hanging with friends, etc.

I'm not suggesting ditching your friends altogether, but get used to telling them most weekdays that you've got too much to do.

Expect not to get laid as much as the next person because you're not out socializing as much, you won't have as much pop culture stuff to talk about, and you're not availing yourself to some girl seven days a week at the drop of a hat. It will come with a cost.

CT
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#22
How did you find time to practice amongst assignments/homework and stuff?


I just did the practice.

I'm not a very socialise-y person, I have my friends and we stick together. I didn't need to go out chasing girls because I've had the same fantastic gf for the last 5 years. I was also pretty bright, so really it wasn't hard to keep on top of school.

The amount of work I'm getting atm leaves me with about 20 mins to play...so how do you guys find time to practice- do you sacrifice good grades for guitar skills?


I made sure I studied music in school as well.

Do you play at midnight?


Of course!

Do repetitive drills in front of TV?


If you're watching TV, you're not prioritising.

Axemanchris (as usual) has given fantastic advice.
#23
I didn't have much homework that i had to spend time on..
and when i did get those assignments i put them off til last min anyway and did them in the classes befor they were due.
I got by with decent grades.. but if you want to go to school for music your probably going to want to try to keep both up as much as possibe. But good grades aren;t going to get you into a music school.. they will help tho.
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#24
Think real hard about what you do in school. Now think real hard and ask yourself, 'how much of that time do I spend staring at the wall/hot girl on my left/out the window.'

Through the majority of HS (until I figured out to do otherwise) I spent probably about 30 minutes of actual paying attention and working. The rest was spent in general, doing nothing, or lusting after that girl in the mini skirt. So try then to use that time in school that you would other wise not be utilizing and do your school work then.

Also, you can always try graduating early, as that's what I did so that I could focus more fully on music. Not to say I didn't have time when I was in HS, but I was constantly burned out and depressed from simply doing too much.
#25
You shouldn't really listen to me because i'm an idiot. But I don't really get much homework to be honest, I just get it done really fast aswell. The most on a night I spend doing homework is probably half an hour. And that's when i've got coursework. If you want to get good at guitar, my plan is to learn guitar theory and revise it at school when in an easy lesson. Or at lunchbreaks when you'd just be standing around anyway. Giving you more time in the evening.
#27
I have a hard time believing a person in highschool has so much homework they are unable to practice after school. Even when I'm overloading classes in college I still have plenty of time to practice piano, guitar, and singing. Not to mention study theory, compose etc.
#28
Quote by axemanchris
Yes, it is about prioritizing. School has to come first, and depending on your work habits and what you are taking, high school can be a challenge, and university can really kick the crap out of you.

From there, it comes down to putting music next - before TV, video games, internet surfing, hanging with friends, etc.

I'm not suggesting ditching your friends altogether, but get used to telling them most weekdays that you've got too much to do.

Expect not to get laid as much as the next person because you're not out socializing as much, you won't have as much pop culture stuff to talk about, and you're not availing yourself to some girl seven days a week at the drop of a hat. It will come with a cost.

CT

+1

me personally, i skipped a lot of classes and played guitar. i also ended up not ever doing any homework and dropped out of school. to me it was worth it, but i wouldn't recommend it to anybody else.
#29
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I have a hard time believing a person in highschool has so much homework they are unable to practice after school. Even when I'm overloading classes in college I still have plenty of time to practice piano, guitar, and singing. Not to mention study theory, compose etc.


thats very ture! but its also very nice that my work load is music!! But even after all my music work for school is done i still have time to practice/jam/compose/etc.


I honestly think that music should come before school.. that is if your still able to get decent grades.. because w/ music after high school people arent going to care if you got straight A's or a mix of A's, B's and C's. You'll be better off being much more advanced musically with a 2.4 gpa then not as advanced w/ 3.8 gpa
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#30
.... unless you decide later to pursue a Masters, go to law school, teachers college, or something.... in which case, your 2.4 will only be good enough for a "thank you for applying to our program, but...." letter.

The better your grades are, the more opportunities you have.

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

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#31
Quote by axemanchris

Expect not to get laid as much as the next person because you're not out socializing as much

CT

speak for yourself there lol, playing the guitar has no way limited my social life.. if anything it increases it, find other people that play music.. playing alone all the time is lame, and you get so much better if you surround yourself with other musicians faster than if you sit playing countless hours by yourself
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#32
the TS said he barely had time to practice because of school work..
but your saying that the solution is to go out and jam and make friend and hook up w/ chicks.. w/ in a half hour??
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#33
Well obviously decide what is important to him, but he's in ****ing highschool.. maybe take easier classes..
#34
Quote by Peaceful Rocker
speak for yourself there lol, playing the guitar has no way limited my social life.. if anything it increases it, find other people that play music.. playing alone all the time is lame, and you get so much better if you surround yourself with other musicians faster than if you sit playing countless hours by yourself


Sounds like all your socializing is with a bunch of guys...

And sure, if you play in a band, some girls are all "ooooh, he's in a ba-and...." They're the ones who watch Sex in the City and American Idol too....

CT
Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.
#35
I do most of the homework at the end of class and then quickly do it as soon as I get home from school, then I'm free the rest of the day to practice. I'm only in middle school, so I don't get as much homework.
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#36
Quote by blueriver
I have a hard time believing a person in highschool has so much homework they are unable to practice after school. Even when I'm overloading classes in college I still have plenty of time to practice piano, guitar, and singing. Not to mention study theory, compose etc.

Maybe not on their entire school year, but there's always those little quirks that get you where you cant do **** for a day or four.
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#37
I'm fairly bright so with about 30 mins of homework/coursework i'd still get an A/A* so i've never had a problem... i'll probs have to cut back on practice when the real stuff starts hitting me though.
#38
Quote by Myung-trucci
Hey guys,

To all of you in high school/middle school (or anyone that played guitar back when they were in school), I just wanted to know-

How did you find time to practice amongst assignments/homework and stuff?
The amount of work I'm getting atm leaves me with about 20 mins to play...so how do you guys find time to practice- do you sacrifice good grades for guitar skills? Do you play at midnight? Do repetitive drills in front of TV? Share your thoughts



Hm, I'm in 5 APs this year, so that's usually a couple of hours of homework a weeknight and maybe 6-8 on weekends.

Honestly, I come home, power through my homework, then I have around 6 hours of free time left over. Plenty of time to practice.

I guess not watching Tv helps too, I really doubt practicing while watching Tv is as helpful as practicing with a metronome/backing track/whatever.
#39
TS

Bust your ass in school and when doing homework, drop TV (believe me, there's nothing good, hasn't been for years and never will be), drop gaming, drop unnecessary internet surfing.

PRACTICE TIME!
#40
Quote by Myung-trucci
Hey guys,

To all of you in high school/middle school (or anyone that played guitar back when they were in school), I just wanted to know-

How did you find time to practice amongst assignments/homework and stuff?
The amount of work I'm getting atm leaves me with about 20 mins to play...so how do you guys find time to practice- do you sacrifice good grades for guitar skills? Do you play at midnight? Do repetitive drills in front of TV? Share your thoughts



I just played ALL the time.
Needless to say, I didn't get very good grades in high school.
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Last edited by GuitarMunky at Mar 19, 2009,
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