So what's my point? In my years as a successful musician I've seen plenty of animosity between us and the wannabe's. Both want recognition and respect for their work. Unfortunately, oftentimes the wannabe gets more of it than the musician who spent years paying his dues studying and practicing the art while the wannabe cuts corners by using samples (other musicians hard work), cut and paste method versus actually playing the parts. The musician feels that since you have not paid your dues, nor do you have the musicianship it takes, you don't deserve their respect or the recognition. The wannabe's say that they do deserve it and so it goes on and on.
I wanted to take several groups of musicians and wannabe's and find out exactly what the differences were regarding paying their dues to get ahead. Here are my findings.
The first question was;
Do You Practice and for how long?
90% of the full-time musicians and pros said that they practice daily on the average of 3 hours.
2% said sometimes only when new material comes up for a gig then they will rehearse it for 4-6 hrs daily until perfected..
3% said don't need to.
5% said yes but only about an hour or so at the most.
78% of music students, beginners, intermediate and advanced say they practice anywhere from ½ hr to 2 hrs daily.
8% of those same students said that they practice over 2 hrs a day.
14% don't bother at all.
92% of those with a little or no professional training on their instrument never practice.
5% say they dabble on it but really don't sit down and seriously practice their craft.
3% told me that they don't need to because they are good enough.
The 2nd question was;
Do you like to practice why or why not?
99% of the full-time musicians and pros said that they like to practice because it's an essential part of their lives and they love to see progress in their technique and creativity. One feeds the other. It's a little difficult to play a creative solo without the technique (chops). Without the technique you can't play creatively. In other words you begin playing stock phrases and licks which in most cases are much easier.
1% neither likes it or dislikes it but understands the importance of it.
78% of music students like to practice simply because they can see improvement.
12% of music students hate to practice because it's boring and they don't see any change or improvement.
97% of non professionally/formally trained players, hate to practice for various reasons (see below).
03%=don't need to
03% of the non professionally trained players will make some sort of attempt to practice but get discouraged within a few minutes and quit.
I notice that those who have had some sort of training on their instrument has learned through the years the art of practicing. This entails knowing what and how to practice while the non trained players never learned that aspect.
To those that enjoyed practicing, I asked them What do you practice?
There were a variety of answers anywhere from building tone quality, scales, finger exercises, improvisation and lastly songs.
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