Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Practice

Me at age 45?

I've read that it takes an average of 10,000 hours of practice to become a master of something. Anything, according to the report I read. 10,000 hours is about the amount of time you need to do something. While people can become proficient in far less time, the 10,000 hours theory is one that seems prevalent in regards to what is often deemed expertise. Of course, "a friggin' lot" would be another fair unit of measurement.

I start playing the guitar about 8 months ago. In that time gone from not knowing my guitar was out of tune to playing power chords, finger picking, and I can play some basic songs (Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, Behind Blue Eyes by Limp Bizkit). It's fun and something I really enjoy doing. At my current practice schedule, if it keeps up, I should be a master of guitar playing around the time I turn 45.

I never expect to make a living playing the guitar or make any money at all; it's just something I want to do for relaxation and my own enjoyment. So far that's worked out well. I think it'd be fun to get with some friends who play the guitar and actually do something--granted, I'd be little more than rhythm guitar as I can only do basic chords, but I think it'd be fun.

1 comment:

--jeff * said...

i've always wanted to play the bass guitar....