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(@the-dali)
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Like many of you, I'm an (early) 30-something guy with wife, kids, dogs, other interests, blah blah blah... so, how do you all find time to play everyday? I get home about 6pm and by the time everything is done and the kids are in bed it is 9:00 and time to do a project on the house, answer email, play a (little) guitar (if I'm lucky), or just flat out rest.

Any suggestions out there? Anything that any of you do to find time to practice and play? Just curious.

-=- Steve

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(@ivankaramazov)
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Luckily, I have none those things you listed.


   
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(@dogbite)
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I have an old beater guitar at work.
when Im on break I play.

being a single homeowner Ive chores up the wazoo.
when I do find the time to park in front of the tube I grab an acoustic and run scales during commercial breaks.

in your case you should hide in the garage. :wink:

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(@chuckster)
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How about setting the alarm an hour earlier in the morning? If it means you get up before anyone else in the house you could get some quality uninterrupted time in.

Just a thought.

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It was them that turned me to drink.


   
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(@davidhodge)
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Incredibly obvious one is to spend less time online. By scheduling online time, I managed to find clost to ninety minutes of practice time I wasn't getting.

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(@alouden)
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I am playing by 5:30 am every weekday and then a little later on weekends. Evenings just dont work for me.


   
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(@Anonymous)
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Luckily, I have none those things you listed.

UNLUCKILY I don't have these things you listed! Make time for what's important and fit the guitar in where you can.


   
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(@steve-0)
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It might be interesting to find some people who play guitar: whether that means an actual band or just hanging out with friends a couple hours a week. If you can schedule that in, you'll probably be more motivated to practice after work or on weekends, even if you don't have as much time.

Steve-0


   
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(@noteboat)
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I'm a firm believer in 'first things first'. If it's important to you, do it before everything else - that way it gets done.

Too many people end up putting off what's important so they can deal with what's 'urgent'... probably because they commit themselves to so many things. But in the end, the life you lead is a direct result of the choices you make. Put your important things first, and you'll be happy with the results.

It's impractical for me to jump out of bed and immediatley pick up the guitar - my fingers don't move well until I've had my coffee :) So my morning routine is make the coffee, read my e-mail, and then practice. If I focused first on things that 'must' be done (mow the lawn, pay the bills, whatever) practice would suffer - but it turns out that if I do the things that are important to me first, somehow I'm always able to make time for the neccesary stuff that's left.

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(@off-he-goes)
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I'm a firm believer in 'first things first'. If it's important to you, do it before everything else - that way it gets done.

Too many people end up putting off what's important so they can deal with what's 'urgent'... probably because they commit themselves to so many things. But in the end, the life you lead is a direct result of the choices you make. Put your important things first, and you'll be happy with the results.

It's impractical for me to jump out of bed and immediatley pick up the guitar - my fingers don't move well until I've had my coffee :) So my morning routine is make the coffee, read my e-mail, and then practice. If I focused first on things that 'must' be done (mow the lawn, pay the bills, whatever) practice would suffer - but it turns out that if I do the things that are important to me first, somehow I'm always able to make time for the neccesary stuff that's left.

I tend to be the same way. I spend alot of timing playing and writing, that should be spent on school work. But, there is little point in me doing homework first if I'm itching to play guitar. Once it's out of my system for a couple of hours I hit the books. If I did things the other way, both would more then likely suffer.

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(@ghost)
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Every day is different for me when I want to play guitar. There will be a day when it's 11am, another 1pm, yet another 5pm before I'm ready to play guitar. Then I either choose to play through a song I'm learning, scales/chords, or noodling around trying to write a song. There are even days I just take a break. Breaks are good for me, but I know that it's something that won't work for others.

"If I had a time machine, I'd go back and tell me to practise that bloody guitar!" -Vic Lewis

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(@pearlthekat)
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maybe you should look for smaller increments of time. fifteen minutes here, ten minutes there....


   
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(@duffmaster)
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Personally I'm busy too. School, Homework, School Clubs, All year round sports, Scouts, Eagle Project... Luckily, I manage to have some me time after school usually, and I stay up late.

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(@crank-n-jam)
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Put a guitar next to the toilet. :)

Jason

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(@dogbite)
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Put a guitar next to the toilet. :)

Jason

it doesnt work unless you have a music stand for the Tab sheets.

even better...put em on the roll for the TP. :D

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