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01/14/2005 2:15 am
Ok, so I'm still working at that grocery store in Wisconsin, but i"m considering quitting. I have about $4500 in the bank, plenty enough to live on until I graduate high school in 1.5 years, and then some. I want to quit because I could play so much more if I didn't have to work, but that money could also pay for college. Then I'm thinking, "Oh wait, I could get scholarships", so now I have a decision to make. Should I quit my job for extra practice time, or keep the job to pay for college (I'm going to a music school)? I play a bit when I'm not working, about 6-7 hours per day. But when I am working, I can only get in like an hour or two, and while the paychecks are nice ($110 a week for 20 hours), that's 20 potential practice hours I could utilize. Thoughts?

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01/14/2005 5:27 am
I'm not sure what to say. That money will be very helpful when you get to college, but if you're planning on becoming a professional musician (good luck with that...too hard for me! I'm going to write, it's MUCH easier haha), than I guess you might need those extra hours of practice... :eek:
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01/14/2005 6:16 am
[font=trebuchet ms]I think you should take a look at your sig.

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01/14/2005 6:30 am
Not to try and indicate that your guitar playing skills are inadequate, but what happens if you quit job, practice like crazy, but still don’t get a scholarship?

Keep the job and practise when you can.
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01/14/2005 12:27 pm
Hear are some thoughts:

1) How much practice time is required to get better / maintain a steady state ?

2) Time spent playing beyond that is recreation

3) do both and either play less video games or watch less TV !!!

4) stop sleeping !!!
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01/14/2005 10:21 pm
Originally Posted by: b_hovesNot to try and indicate that your guitar playing skills are inadequate, but what happens if you quit job, practice like crazy, but still don’t get a scholarship?

Keep the job and practise when you can.


Because I've already won scholarships. I have about $1000 in scholarships from guitar competitions I've won (jazz guitar). The real money ones are in classical guitar, and that's why i'd quit my job, so I can really get better at classical, win some scholarships, etc. Plus, there's FAFSA (sp?), that would basically loan me the money for college until i get the degree.

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01/15/2005 6:26 am
Except that one guy... ;)

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01/15/2005 6:30 am
I say,if you have enough loot then why keep the job unless you have nothing to do.thats my opinion....

Ive been thinking about entering a competition(guitarmaggedon...whooooah)..whats required?Do you need a backing band,or do you just whip out all your tricks into one neat composition?Heck even some runner up award/prize would be cool.I'm afraid to get my ass handed to me by a 12 year old or something though...
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01/15/2005 6:37 am
Well it's different depending on what style it's in. If it's classical, then try to nail something like The Chaconne by Bach (good luck, it's 20 mins long [except segovia's edition] and would need to be memorized, and is rated a 10/10 on difficulty). If it's Jazz, there are alot of standards that you can make great, like Autumn Leaves, for example.

But if it's rock, I couldn't tell you. I've never really liked rock music that much, other than the jam-bands (phish, grateful dead, etc). I don't even listen to those guys anymore, so I'm not sure what to tell you. But if it's called Guitarmageddon, then probably whip out some tapping or something lame like that *Attention All Tappers, don't start bitching*.

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01/15/2005 6:57 am
Being a more conservative person as each day progresses, i'd say stick with the job. I mean who knows, maybe you won't make it into a music school or get any sort of scholarship. Where does that leave you...

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