It really wasn't until I decided to teach myself how to play the guitar that I began to enjoy practicing. It was something that I chose to learn and it wasn't forced on me. Practicing and learning to play the guitar was challenging for me and I forced myself to learn. I had some learning disabilities and focusing was not one of my strong points. Teaching myself allowed me to learn at my own pace and because it was something I was passionate about, spending countless hours practicing didn't bother me. Moving forward and actually learning something new every day became exciting and fun. On the accordion I liked playing stuff I already knew and hated learning new stuff but with the guitar it was totally the opposite. The more I learned, the better I felt and wanted more. Focusing became a stronger point in my life when it came to music but still lacked it in other areas. Practicing 4 hours a day at the time didn't seem long for me, it went by very quickly.
Learning the guitar also helped me focus much better on the keys and due to it made me want to practice keyboards more than ever. Because of it, I became a professional and a music educator with a degree. I began to wonder about practicing habits of other players and decided to do a 2 year study on it. I wanted to compare the non formal educated players which I'll call artists to those who were formally taught, which I will call musicians. Just because I call the formally educated players musicians doesn't necessarily in real life mean that all musicians are formally educated and vice a verse. I'm simply using the terms as a comparison for my study.
I talked to players at all levels and ages playing various instruments not just guitar. It didn't surprise me regarding the outcome altho there were a few unexpected answers. I've compiled most of the answers and grouped them but there are still a few more I have to complete. Next time I will give you the answers I received.
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