How many hours you put into music ?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Clef_de_fa, May 28, 2018.

  1. 0 hour

  2. 1 hour

  3. 2 hours

  4. 3 hours

  5. 4 hours

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  6. 5 hours

  7. 6 hours

  8. 7 hours

  9. 8 hours

  10. 9 hours

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  11. 10 and + hours

  1. Clef_de_fa

    Clef_de_fa Guest

    Dec 25, 2011
    A recent thread about music sprung an offside discussion about practice time.

    So how many hours a week do you put into practicing ? I'm not including the time you spend reharsing with you band. Just time along playing music. Learning new things.

    I vote 5 hours right now.
  2. One and a half to two hours of practice a day.
    I am trying to find some musicians to jam with.
    When that happens, the time spent will definitely increase.
    Recently retired, so I have the pleasure of dedicating as much time as I want.
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  3. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    While time spent practicing is important, the quality of it is equally important. A half an hour of focused constructive practice is better than two hours of aimless noodling.
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  4. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Learning new things alone? About 30 minutes.
    Rehearsals, gigs, recording sessions, about 8 hours.
    Each of those teaches me more than 10x the amount of time spent by myself.
  5. DuckSoup


    Dec 20, 2017
    Because I'm still learning the bass, I try to get at least 5 hours a week, but most of the time I can get more.
  6. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    About 3 hours a week right now. More when I'm learning new material.
  7. Not Enough - should be a poll option for me pick :)
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  8. Literally don't practise at home at all. I just listen to whatever cover we are supposed to be doing (while reading tabs) then turn up at rehearsals and play it. We play pretty simple tunes (Roots and a few fills) so I haven't been stumped by anything as of yet. The band is tight as hell though and our rythm section gets a lot of compliments.
  9. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    I entered 10+ hours because I started as a teenager and played for literally hours every day. Maybe 50 hours a week for several years. But I wasn't following any method (after an initial folk guitar book) and I probably didn't spend that time as "wisely" practicing as some others.
  10. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    i voted 10+ because there was no option for what i actually do....

    it's not all practice, but: most days (5-6 days a week) i'm spending 4-8 hours a day* on music (does not include TB time, of course, or gig days).

    * retired. when i was a full-time musician = 8-12 hours a day, almost every day of the week.
  11. Badwater

    Badwater Guest

    Jan 12, 2017
    I put a lot of hours listening to music... Every week, more in the summer months when I do recording. As for playing, about 3 hours a week. more in the summer.
  12. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    1.5 a day usually. Some days none. Some days on & off all day long .
    On a weekend, if I'm home, from 7am to midnight in bursts. There's always music playing at home. There's always music streaming to my Bluetooth heaphones, and I leave 1 earbud in all day at work. Sometimes I play air-bass when (I hope)no one is listening.
    I play latin/afro cuban percussion as well as banjo and guitar, so not all of my practice/ leasure is bass.
    I firmly believe knowledge of lots of clave parts and fingerpicking guitar/banjo has improved my timing and technique on bass.
  13. basst scho

    basst scho

    May 30, 2017
    same here
  14. ONYX


    Apr 14, 2000
    Typically 0 to 7 hours per week. I've been playing for 36 years, so these days it tends to be at the lower end of the scale.
  15. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Kind of a weird question to answer for me. Between studying musicology, being in four bands and singing in the university choir (bass range, of course) at the same time, I only get Fridays and the weekend for purely personal practicing, which gives me about 6 to 10 hours a week. On weekdays, I literally leave the house in the morning and come back around midnight.

    If you count my curriculum, and all the bands, I get about 45 hours a week I either spend researching, playing, or reading music.
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  16. Jborg


    Feb 1, 2018
    Long Island, NY
    At least 10..probably closer to 15. that’s split between guitar, upright bass (recent convert) and bass guitar.
    There’s so much music that I don’t know how to play!
  17. BD Jones

    BD Jones

    Jul 22, 2016
    I put 10+ because during the school year I practice (alone) between 1-2 hours a day, every day (Sun-Sat). Now, if you include how much time on an instrument I spend during the week I can't even begin to count. Being a professional music educator (band director) I constantly have an instrument in my hand and am either demonstrating for students or playing along.

    Now that summer is starting up, I will probably spend about 5 hours a day practicing (Sun-Sat) as I try to brush up on some of my weaker instruments (last year was oboe; this year I am thinking bassoon, but I'm also considering focusing on double bass and violin).
  18. Kevin Teed

    Kevin Teed Guest

    Mar 8, 2013
    At this point in life, I'm lucky to get in an hour of mindless noodling / week. Between family, my own business and household duties, there's not much time left.
    Though I did get a call a couple weeks ago to fill in for a gig. I had about 4 hours notice to knock the rust off and learn a bunch of Zeppelin and Rush tunes. It was like cramming for a pop- quiz!
  19. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

    I answered the thread title ("How many hours you put into music") in aggregate as it relates to my entire hobby of music. Talk Bass time excluded.
  20. jdthebassman

    jdthebassman play to live live to play Supporting Member

    I think about it all day I will be at meetings at my day job thinking what bass I will play at the gig songs that I want to work on etc.