jkircoff wrote:I've often read posts and stories that suggest students of the guitar can only be good if they practice hours upon hours per day. This is not a realistic option for almost anyone, as work, school, family, and other commitments must be satisfied first before the study of guitar can be performed, and comments suggesting this tend to discourage students. It is possible to learn guitar and good sounding music based on a "realistic" practice schedule.
i am not suggesting that one should
practice the guitar 22 hours a week. i was asked by several of my students how many hours per
week i practice and they didn't believe me. it is a minor miracle to have students who practice everyday. the average practice time
of most students is less than half an hour a day. my student who is preparing for his grade 8 exam this summer averages two hours a day.
i will suggest that for for anyone who has learnt how to practice efficently and productively it still requires enormous time and energy to fully master
the instrument. this means going beyond what is reasonable,realistic, practical or normal. it means making sacrifices in terms of all the extras in life
beyond necessities. so much of what people may regard as necessity is actually rationalisation and choice.
what tends to discourage students is the realisation that whatever level of mastery they wish to acheive requires a corresponding level of commitment.
perhaps the bright ones realise this and drop off. and the deluded, stubborn and the refuse to ever give up students carry on... like me.