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Now that 2021 is here, I can now look back on how 2020 went guitar-wise. I keep a daily practice log where I track what I practice every day, how long I practiced, as well as list goals, and other notes.
Here are my stats for 2020:
Total minutes practiced: 13,771 minutes
Total hours practice: ~229 hours
Average time practicing/day: 39 minutes
Days I practiced: 354 days
Days I did not practice: 12 days
With working a full time job and young kids at home, I try to practice when I can and have the energy for even if it is just 10, 15 minutes sessions here and there versus longer sessions.
I also did not count time spent jamming, performing, or just noodling around. Just time where I was actually working on something intently.
Some people probably practice way more than I did in a whole year in 2-3 months, but I'll take what I can get. At this rate, it is going to take me 50+ to get my 10,000 hours in.
I learned a lot of new songs (heads and rhythm) this year as well as a couple complete waltzes. Really improved my right hand technique as well. Worked on improvising more coherently. Really tried to work on using chords more in my solos, but it still needs a lot of work along with the rest of my playing.
Overall, I am happy without how much I learned this past year. Of course, I wish I could have spent more time practicing and playing guitar. Gives me something to work towards in 2021!
How much you all practice? What do you like practicing? Feel free to share your experiences!