#1
I have been playing guitar for close to about a year now. I've been learning very quickly, learning complex solos and intricate riffs. I've made great progress but ever since I've started college I haven't had time to practice the way I want to. I used to put in 1-4 hours 6 days a week but now I'm lucky if I can get 4 hours in a week. I tried playing a bit earlier and my fingers are getting the same pain from the strings as if I just started. My hands just can't get to strings in time. How can I get back in shape? Mondays and Wednesdays are impossible to practice on. I have a ton of homework for the rest of the week.
#2
Basically because you're playing so little compared to before, your fingers gradually go back to when your first started because the strings are keeping your calluses, over time they go away and yeah if you don't practice you will find it difficult to go things you could before, you can get back in shape by practising, you just have to find time
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Basically because you're playing so little compared to before, your fingers gradually go back to when your first started because the strings are keeping your calluses,

Not only that, but as this applies to everything else in life, practice is universally important. Your brain cells make connections to one another and they strengthen the more an activity is repeated, thus improving your skills. Lessening the amount by which you perform the activity weakens those connections, sometimes disconnecting altogether.

In a short, not-pedantic summation, you can't practise less and expect not to regress in skill.
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Not only that, but as this applies to everything else in life, practice is universally important. Your brain cells make connections to one another and they strengthen the more an activity is repeated, thus improving your skills. Lessening the amount by which you perform the activity weakens those connections, sometimes disconnecting altogether.

In a short, not-pedantic summation, you can't practise less and expect not to regress in skill.


Pretty much man
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Quote by chrismendiola

In a short, not-pedantic summation, you can't practise less and expect not to regress in skill.


That actually might be possible if he were improving as much as he said before. You have to practise less to tread water than you do to keep getting better.

I'd also wonder how playing 4 hours a week wouldn't keep callouses. Different if he weren't playing at all.

Unless he's playing 4 hours on a Saturday, that would make more sense... and would also make more sense with the regression thing. More info please!
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Unless he's playing 4 hours on a Saturday, that would make more sense... and would also make more sense with the regression thing. More info please!


Definitely need more information, for sure, but I'll also definitely agree that the distribution of practice time throughout the week when you have limited time to devote to it is very important.

It's infinitely better to get in a good half an hour a day every day than it is to do 4 hours in one day.
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Yeah. I mean, I remember when I was at uni and I didn't have my guitar during the week- I wasn't really getting any better, but I wasn't really getting worse either. An hour or two at the weekend was enough to at least not lose what I had.

A cynic might say I didn't have much to lose, to be fair
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That actually might be possible if he were improving as much as he said before. You have to practise less to tread water than you do to keep getting better.

I'd also wonder how playing 4 hours a week wouldn't keep callouses. Different if he weren't playing at all.

Unless he's playing 4 hours on a Saturday, that would make more sense... and would also make more sense with the regression thing. More info please!


Well, I just went through Mr. Crowley and Cowboys from Hell. Had a bit of trouble with the latter but I wasn't warmed up. Guess I had an off day. My hands still get the same cramped feeling that I got when I first started. Gonna practice till I throw up over the weekend and maybe wake up early before classes during the week. Sometimes I just don't feel confident enough. I'm very stubborn, I know that I haven't even been playing for a year but it frustrates me to not be playing like other people. I really want to be good bad. I'm willing to be patient but sometimes I get upset at myself. I'm not some kid who's playing it to pick up girls, I legitimately am in love with my guitar.