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I still mess with this stuff a little but not on a regular basis as the flat picking takes most of my time. I find in order to stay up on it and lessons and so on I need a minimum of four hours a day and then I try for an hour a day on mandolin. It's a huge commitment...
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A huge commitment, indeed. I ran across this Chris Thile interview, conducted by David Grisman, the other day:
[ul]*DG: Do you have a practice regimen?
CT: I do, but it’s less structured than it ought to be. I try and play because I’ve noticed I’m not making progress if I’m not playing. This is all general, of course, because some days you’re just traveling and you won’t be able to play. And then some days you’ll play quite literally all day long. **But I’ve definitely noticed that if I don’t get three hours in, I’m not improving. I feel like if I’m not playing for two hours a day, I actually start to go backwards.***
If Thile needs 2 hours a day just to keep up, I probably need to cut back on my sleep and pick all day and night.
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I've always wondered how much he would practice on a normal basis....its quite a daunting prospect to consistently practice that much...i have noticed in my own practice regimen that if i practice an hour i am only half warmed up...by two hours im pretty exhausted