How can i dedicate more time into music (guitar)

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Semi fingers

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Hi guys, Any suggestions to put more time into music, Id like to put more time into it.

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Hi guys, Any suggestions to put more time into music, Id like to put more time into it.

ChristopherSchlegel

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Originally Posted by: Semi

Hi guys, Any suggestions to put more time into music, Id like to put more time into it.

This depends entirely on your skill level & musical goals. So, honestly assess your own skill level & make a realistic practice plan to improve your playing skills & musical understanding.

Regarding larger goals, what do you want to do? Figure out your favorite songs? Write your own music? Record music? Play at the local open mic? Play in a band?

Figure out what you want, make a realistic plan broken down into small steps you can do everyday to achieve it.

And play more guitar every day. :)

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
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Originally Posted by: Semi

Hi guys, Any suggestions to put more time into music, Id like to put more time into it.

This depends entirely on your skill level & musical goals. So, honestly assess your own skill level & make a realistic practice plan to improve your playing skills & musical understanding.

Regarding larger goals, what do you want to do? Figure out your favorite songs? Write your own music? Record music? Play at the local open mic? Play in a band?

Figure out what you want, make a realistic plan broken down into small steps you can do everyday to achieve it.

And play more guitar every day. :)

Hope that helps!

Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

john of MT

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Originally Posted by: ChristopherSchlegel
Originally Posted by: Semi

Hi guys, Any suggestions to put more time into music, Id like to put more time into it.

...small steps you can do everyday to achieve it.

And play more guitar every day. :)

It starts with the desire to play and self-discipline. Lots and lots of self-discipline.

"It takes a lot of devotion and work, or maybe I should say play, because if you love it, that's what it amounts to. I haven't found any shortcuts, and I've been looking for a long time."
-- Chet Atkins

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Originally Posted by: ChristopherSchlegel
Originally Posted by: Semi

Hi guys, Any suggestions to put more time into music, Id like to put more time into it.

...small steps you can do everyday to achieve it.

And play more guitar every day. :)

It starts with the desire to play and self-discipline. Lots and lots of self-discipline.

"It takes a lot of devotion and work, or maybe I should say play, because if you love it, that's what it amounts to. I haven't found any shortcuts, and I've been looking for a long time."
-- Chet Atkins

William MG

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Oh dear. I am likely biased because I live in the world of logistics where we need everything on a schedule. Schedules are good. Planning is good. Not knowing what is suppposed to happen next is very very bad.

Carve out some time from your 24 hour window of opportunity and lock it in. Show up, practice, learn songs. You will improve.

Good luck.

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

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Oh dear. I am likely biased because I live in the world of logistics where we need everything on a schedule. Schedules are good. Planning is good. Not knowing what is suppposed to happen next is very very bad.

Carve out some time from your 24 hour window of opportunity and lock it in. Show up, practice, learn songs. You will improve.

Good luck.

"If it sounds cool, it is cool!"

Mike O

Works for me!

matonanjin2

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Originally Posted by: Semi

Hi guys, Any suggestions to put more time into music, Id like to put more time into it.

How on earth can we answer this without knowing anything about you or your lifestyle? Are you retired? Work 8 hours a day? Work 12 hour shifts? Have family? Etc. Etc.

John of MT and William MG both gave the best answers possible given what we know.

It is going to take a lot of self discipline and planning. What do you use for your day planner? Budget a minimum amount of time that you can practice each day. And, as William said, lock it in. Then set up the best place you can where you won't be distracted.

I suggest taking it one step furhter and decide, before you start, what you are going to work on. It is really easy to sit down with the guitar and "noodle". Just as an example, lets say you have 60 minutes dedicated today. Break it up into portions that will improve your playing, not just be fun. It has to be fun; but you need to work on chops.
So maybe:
5 minutes warm up exercise

20 minutes pentatonic scales
20 minutes Guitar Tricks Beginning Guitar Session n
15 minutes a song you are learning

This is obviously just an example

I have a spreadsheet that I use. Yeah, I'm that nerdy. I put in how much time I'm going to practice and then it forces me to fill out blocks. but get a system that works for you.

Guitars: 2014 PRS Santana, 2013 PRS Paul's, 2009 PRS Hollowbody, 1972 Gibson ES-325, 2012 Fender Strat American Standard, 2012 Yamaha Pacifica, Martin M-36, Martin 000-15M, Seagull S6 Classic
Amps: Fender Blues Junior III, Boss Eband JS-10, Line 6 POD 500X, Quilter Microblock 45

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Originally Posted by: Semi

Hi guys, Any suggestions to put more time into music, Id like to put more time into it.

How on earth can we answer this without knowing anything about you or your lifestyle? Are you retired? Work 8 hours a day? Work 12 hour shifts? Have family? Etc. Etc.

John of MT and William MG both gave the best answers possible given what we know.

It is going to take a lot of self discipline and planning. What do you use for your day planner? Budget a minimum amount of time that you can practice each day. And, as William said, lock it in. Then set up the best place you can where you won't be distracted.

I suggest taking it one step furhter and decide, before you start, what you are going to work on. It is really easy to sit down with the guitar and "noodle". Just as an example, lets say you have 60 minutes dedicated today. Break it up into portions that will improve your playing, not just be fun. It has to be fun; but you need to work on chops.
So maybe:
5 minutes warm up exercise

20 minutes pentatonic scales
20 minutes Guitar Tricks Beginning Guitar Session n
15 minutes a song you are learning

This is obviously just an example

I have a spreadsheet that I use. Yeah, I'm that nerdy. I put in how much time I'm going to practice and then it forces me to fill out blocks. but get a system that works for you.

Guitars: 2014 PRS Santana, 2013 PRS Paul's, 2009 PRS Hollowbody, 1972 Gibson ES-325, 2012 Fender Strat American Standard, 2012 Yamaha Pacifica, Martin M-36, Martin 000-15M, Seagull S6 Classic
Amps: Fender Blues Junior III, Boss Eband JS-10, Line 6 POD 500X, Quilter Microblock 45