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Post by vanzant38 » December 28th, 2006, 9:58 pm

Some days I will play 7 or 8 hours or more. Some days none. Not counting the marathon sessions or the 1 or 2 days a week that I skip I usually average about 1 hour a day.
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Post by Ghost » December 28th, 2006, 11:00 pm

I'm only averaging 5-6 hours a week if that. I finally got a new chromatic tuner for Christmas so I'll be wanting to play more now.
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Post by brothaweed » December 28th, 2006, 11:07 pm

Averaging 7 hours a week. Sometimes the wife gives me some extra time on the weekends and that can add on another 3-4 hours.

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Post by Jonny Guitar » December 28th, 2006, 11:33 pm

I've been praticing for about 1/2 hour a day, and then about two to three hours of playing and having fun. I also got a looper recently which has turned out to be a great teaching tool for me, while still being a blast to use. So I've actually been getting a lot more practicing done lately then I usually do.

I got this really cool book for x-mas, also, entitled "Guitar Workout - An Excercise Plan for Guitarists" by Jody Fisher, which has really been helpful in putting my playing into shape and would highly recommend it if you feel like improving your chops.

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Post by Misanthrope » December 29th, 2006, 1:24 am

It varies too much to pin down, just basically as much as I can without letting it get in the way of things I shouldn't let it get in the way of really. Anywhere from barely 10 minutes to a good 10-15 hours.

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Post by Kalle_in_Sweden » December 29th, 2006, 5:02 am

4-5 hours per week of unstructured playing, mostly jamming on the electric to backing tracks, but also playing through all song I can play on the acoustic.
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Post by The Dali » December 29th, 2006, 5:30 am

kent_eh wrote:Maybe 3 hours a week. 4 if I'm really lucky. And that's all midnight oil time, not entirely optimal.

Job + overtime + work related travel + kids + kids activities (etc, etc) = not as much time to practice as I'd like.

But what time I do have is enjoyable.
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I daydream about practicing while at work, so that should count for something.
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Post by Moonrider » December 29th, 2006, 6:13 am

15 minutes a day, every day, of structured practice. That's doing some type of exercise or scale targeted to maintain or increase my ability.

Sometimes that's all I have time for. Normally, though that's the amount of time it takes for me to go chasing off on a tangent and exploring whatever inspiration the exercise happens to bring.
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Post by smokindog » December 29th, 2006, 6:35 am

I don't have any structured practice at all..I do try to play about 45 minutes daily(or More). ...The dog
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Post by mordeth » December 29th, 2006, 6:55 am

anywhere from 30 mins to an hour a day of structured practice, and another two to three hours noodling and playing songs.
i'm hoping when i get my zoom g2 (go me!) to spend alot of time recording to benefit my non-structured playing time
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Post by Riff Raff » December 29th, 2006, 7:24 am

I have my guitar in my hands about 10hrs per week. Sometimes more if I don't have anything to do on the weekends. Most of the time I'm playing something I already know or just fooling around. Probably about 3 hours out of the 10 is spent learning something new. I really need to try to focus more on good, quality, productive practicing. Meaning, working on my skills that are lacking.

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Post by steeder » December 29th, 2006, 9:11 am

10 to 12 for me - roughly about an hour a day during the week and the rest on weekends. Typically, I spend my time on songs I'm learning and chord changes. I need to spend more time on scales and learning the fretboard, but I gravitate back to practicing songs I enjoy singing because, well I enjoy it :-)

It's a definite flaw in my practice routine, though and one that I constantly battle against.

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Post by NoteBoat » December 29th, 2006, 9:17 am

I shoot for about 2 hours a day. Most days I'll jot down the amount of time in my practice log just for curiosity's sake... looking back it seems like the longer sessions (3+ hour) were either really good ones, where I didn't want to stop, or really bad ones where I had to spend a lot of time working on a single thing I couldn't seem to get right.

But that's just structured practice. When you add in time I spend teaching, playing with others, rehearsing tunes, or just jamming, I end up playing 30-60 hours a week.
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Post by boxboy » December 29th, 2006, 10:15 am

I have zero structured practice so it's tough to track. Maybe 15-20 hours a week, a good 1/2 of that noodling around while I watch T.V. I do play everyday, though; at least since April when I bought an acoustic that could travel with me when I was out of town.
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Post by Daniel Lioneye » December 29th, 2006, 10:46 am

I try to play at least 30 minutes a day but I usually play longer. Most of it is spent learning songs and riffs, but i try to do some scales and other things aswell. It depends on whats going on at school, but i try to make up for it on the weekends.
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