The simple answer is, a lot.
You can’t just wake up with a guitar, go around practicing, go back to bed, come back to the practice hall and practice something other than guitar. There’s no such thing as a “dinner” practice session with a guitar. I think it’s really important to make an effort to practice guitar as frequently as possible. If not regularly, then at least once a day.
Do you spend the bulk of your time practicing guitar and doing soloing? Or do you spend a lot of time trying to learn how to play guitar? What is your approach to guitar?
I work very, very hard learning to play guitar. I spent an entire semester studying guitar at the University of Denver, and I still work very hard at that. I have a few different types of music that I play. I play rock music, metal, folk and classical. I usually do a few hours of guitar practice a day, which includes a lot of learning how to play guitar and how to play songs in time signatures (4/4, 4/4, Barre, etc.). In school I did a lot of writing and learning musical languages, so I’m really good with that already. On a typical day my guitar practice is a mix of both.
How did you acquire your background in music? Is there no “right” way or “wrong” way to become a musician?
Growing up I was always playing music. Growing up, I didn’t know any music theory. I didn’t know anything about music notation. I listened to a lot of music from every era. When I was 16 or 17 I got my first guitar, a Fender Stratocaster with a three-string pickup, so I figured I was going to be this kind of musician. But that wasn’t the case. I never really knew what to do with that until I started playing guitar, and that’s when I really started learning about music theory. I started by looking at various books online and reading other books, and I thought that if I was going to learn about music history this is the time. My teacher took me aside one day and said, “That’s the problem with teaching people about music – how do you teach them about music? Do you ask them what their favourite song is? Do you ask them how to play it? Or do you just present the fundamentals of music and try to get people involved with music as much as you can?”
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