Practice time varies by age and skill level . Young beginners between the ages of five and eight or so should make an effort to play ten to fifteen minutes each day . Beginners from the ages of nine to adult should try to put in at least thirty minutes of practice each day . Intermediate to advanced players need much more practice time , which can vary between two to four hours per day . It takes a good ten years of hard work to develop your musical personality on the instrument !!! PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE !!!!
Yep ... it's true . I stopped taking lessons after my first month !!! My teacher was a nice old grandfatherly kind of fella . He had zero interest in helping me learn to play any music that I liked . Instead , he stuck me in a Mel Bay Book 1 . If you can count to four , and read English, you can teach yourself how to sight read ... which I did .... I went through all seven Mel Bay books , and scores of addition books on sight reading , improvisation , music theory , and the like . Had my teacher been willing to help me learn some cool music , I would have stuck around ... I'd have even been willing to burn the candle at both ends , and sight read for part of the lesson .
I learned a valuable lesson from those first four lessons - I always design a lesson plan around my student's musical interests , no matter what they are . All styles and genres of music have validity and merit in my opinion
Here's another take on the subject - http://guitarhippies.com/never-quit-guitar/
In a live playing situation , the rule of thumb for setting the volume on guitar and bass amps is simple - NEVER play louder than the drummer's acoustic stage volume. If all the instruments are set to the same volume , it's an easy task to mix the band's sound "out front" .... you know- where your fans are . This works in most situations .
In very small venues , most bands mic only the vocals and the kick drum , which works pretty well . Personally , at smaller venues , I still mix a bit of guitar in the PA . Here's why - guitar amps are very directional . The sound coming out of the speaker cab pretty much travels in a straight line , and does not disperse throughout the room . Folks sitting on axis with your amp will hear you , people sitting on the other side of the stage won't hear you as clearly ... sometimes not at all . Micing the guitar amp and adding it to the mix is the only way to evenly disperse the guitar sound throughout the club ... without cranking the amp up too loud .Plus ... many of my guitar playing pals suffer from hearing loss and tinnitus, which is a permanent ringing in the ears ... SAVE YOUR EARS !!! NEVER play louder than the drummer !!
This "never play louder than the drummer" concept works well in medium and large venues , too . In medium sized venues , I might not add the bass to the mix much , if at all . The reason - bass guitar sound is non directional - it will fill the entire room with it's sound - all by itself . In large venues , all the instruments are mic'd up and added to the mix .SIMPLE !!!
Here is a youtube video link of my most recent band. In this video , I'm using a lunchbox size Carvin V3M tube amp . It's set to 50 watts . The audio guy at the club asked me to turn the amp way down ... it ended up on "1" !! I trusted this fella , and sure enough , my guitar sounded like Thor's Hammer out front . He also added some guitar to my monitor mix , and I had no trouble hearing myself !!
I co-wrote a tune today , with Garrett , my seven year old student .... it's about his elf on the shelf , Rudy .... "I like my Christmas Eve . I like my Christmas Tree . I like my door you taped shut , like you did the year before" .... yeah , baby !!! It's got only one chord so far ... "G" .... LOL !!! www.georgesguitarlessons.com
I've been giving guitar lessons for 38 years . I am happy to tell you that for the past 11 years , I've had the pleasure of teaching at Danny D's Guitar Hacienda . Danny Douglass and his wife Lynn have built a wonderful mom and pop guitar shop that has stood the test of time , serving guitar pickers in the League City/Clear Lake area for over thirty years . Their business has thrived during a time when corporate big box giant competition is right down the road !! That speaks volumes to me , and I am fortunate that Danny and Lynn have given me a place to call home . I highly recommend Danny D's Guitar Hacienda to everyone , for all of your guitar related needs . They have a beautiful shop , stocked with all the major guitar and amp brands , and they offer knowledge and service that is second to none !!!