HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK DO YOU PLAY?

When I was a young crazy rocker (as you see on the cover image) I heard an interesting story.. Don’t know if is true.. But that’s not really important so I’ll pretend it is.

I heard that at one of his clinics (A musical clinic is an informal meeting with a guest musician, where a small-to-medium-sized audience questions the musician’s styles and techniques and also how to improve their own skill. ), the bass legend Billy Sheehan, asked to one of the young aspiring bassists there: “how many hours a week do you play?”.

He quickly answered that he was playing every day for 4 hours. So Billy asked him how many hours he played live in the last week.

He answered that he played just one gig for an hour in a pub in his home town.

So Billy told him that he was not playing 8 hours a day but he was EXERCISING for 8 hours a day and playing for just 2 hours a week. No wonder he was struggling to get better.

There’s a huge difference between practicing for something and actually do it. We spend a lot of time practicing, and then we wonder why we don’t make progresses. Rehearsal can only bring us to a point, but to get to the final “goal” we need to “jump”.

Have a good week and remember to play 😉

Hope it helps ❤

Peter

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