How do you make time?

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  1. Texas_minor_blues

    Texas_minor_blues Rosewood or Bust

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    Disclaimer: I suck at taking my own advice
    I tell patients all the time that You make time for what is important, yet here I am

    So how do you family folks make time to enjoy your guitars?
    Currently working full time + Nursing School + raising 3 fosters so any advice is appreciated
     
  2. BrianC

    BrianC Custom 24 King

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    Steal it, people that care about you want you to enjoy life too
     
  3. Glide-bpm

    Glide-bpm We were small but we were slow...

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    I stay busy, but ya gotta find a little guitar time!!!

    Although I'm retiring in less than 2 months... aCk!!! o_O
     
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  4. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Retire




    But it ain’t worth gettin’ Old.
     
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  5. Glide-bpm

    Glide-bpm We were small but we were slow...

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    I ain't gettin' old...... I'm going on semi-tour!!! o_O:D:cool:
     
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  6. 11top

    11top Cousin Eddie's cousin

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    Me neither...........no “gettin’” to it. :(
     
  7. Tone-y

    Tone-y New Member

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    I guess that's me in that situation too. Full time work, two young children (3 1/2 and 2) etc etc.

    I can't say that I make time for guitars, rather than I just take the opportunities that are there. I do tend to have a few hours free in the evenings at the moment as my wife is studying for an Open University degree, so that's my main guitar playing time. But it does tend to only be a bit of noodling on the sofa unplugged whilst I watch something on TV. At the weekends I may also grab a guitar whilst the kids are playing and I'm watching over them, though they'll often come over and want to play with all the switches and buttons. I don't mind. I like that they get the exposure to the instrument.

    So playing time isn't too much of a problem. What I struggle with is finding time to play through actual amps as the majority of my playing is when the children are in bed. I didn't even turn on a valve amp for 2 years recently. My THR10 is my lifesaver, it lives in the lounge and is the main thing I play through at the moment.
     
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  8. ScottR

    ScottR If nobody saw it, it didn't happen.

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    I would tell ya, to do what I did, but...that wouldn't prudent. Sounds like it's too late on the kid thing. From what I hear, they can be a lot of fun...but I also heard they can be quite the tiny time suckers...you already have children, and I really don't know much about the cute little poop machines...I never had any... That I was ever made aware of...so yeah, I got nothin...

    The other thing that has been instrumental in my guitar education and that's afforded me tons of spare time to focus on learning to play...however, I really can't recommend having a nasty high speed motorcycle crash. The kind that forces you into early retirement...yeah, don't do that. Seriously, really, really dont do that... it hurts...a lot. Plus, it does nothing for your career as a pole dancer....

    I play as much my hands and mind can stand everyday (and most nights). Without fail, I litterally play for 5-8 hours per day...everyday...but I very rarely play play thru an actual amp. For several reasons, the main one being, I still stink at it, and nobody needs to be tortured by that...and secondly because I dont want to be stabbed to death in my sleep by the mean ginger I'm married to. So, about 85% of mine is done with my cans on.

    I say do your best to play for no less than 10-15 minutes a day no matter what...ya gotta play everyday.
     
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  9. Tone-y

    Tone-y New Member

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    One way of getting playing time
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    Not so good for your tuning stability though
     
  10. Axis39

    Axis39 New Member

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    I put it down for almost ten years. It just wasn't enough of a priority at the time. I had five kids and a full time, self-employed, job and a house to take care of, etc. There just wasn't time and I wasn't making any money at it.... So, it fell to last place.

    Then, one day I got approached to play at a neighborhood party with some buds and the next thing I knew I was gigging. The kids got older and took less time. Now, I play semiprofessionally (about half my income is from music). It just became a priority again at some point.

    The only way to find time is to make it a priority. If it's something you wanna do for fun, or stress relief, as someone already said, make a little time for yourself. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate, so no matter what, don't stress it. It can be frustrating not making any progress or seeing the guitars collect dust in the corner, but one day, it'll fall back into place.
     
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  11. veinbuster

    veinbuster Coming of age

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    The best I can do is choose time.
    I might have played guitar more before I retired - alone in an apartment away from home.
     
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  12. garrett

    garrett Not a New Member

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    I will often play a bit through headphones when the Mrs goes to bed. I can lose a little sleep.

    Speaking of the Mrs, she's very supportive and encouraging, so we have our "me" nights where I'll play guitar a couple hours and she'll do her own thing.

    Sometimes I squeeze in a little playing between work and dinner. That's a good chance to get in a little amp time.

    I work from home a couple days a week. I'm very busy lately, so don't get to do this as often as I'd like, but I'll take a break to play a bit. That's the other good chance to get in some amp time.

    I will often have a guitar with me on the couch when watching TV. I can at least get in a little noodling that way.

    Goals are good. Accountability is better. I play with the blues band once a week, building up our repertoire. I need to be prepared for that. I play with an original/covers band several times a year, so have to keep that stuff fresh-ish and prep for the gigs when they come.

    Finally, I keep at least a few guitars out in the spare room. When I see them, it's very difficult to resist the temptation to pick one up and play!
     
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  13. ieso

    ieso New Member

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    In terms of time, I just treat it as if it were a part time job. It has to be done.
     
  14. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    My advice is not to set aside time for it. Treat it as a bodily function, like taking a leak. You don’t schedule that, it’s just something you need to do every so often.

    Where’s it carved in stone that you need a big block of free time to play? Pick up the guitar for one song here and there. There’s always three minutes at some point in the day.
     
  15. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    Playing guitar is a nervous habit, like grazing on snacks, smoking, or picking your nose.

    I just leave a few out and about and randomly pick them up throughout the day.
     
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  16. Tone-y

    Tone-y New Member

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    That's exactly what I used to do. Until the kids got mobile. Now if I'm not playing them they're in their case. They're just about getting old enough that I'll risk leaving a Strat on the sofa whilst I pop off to do something
     
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  17. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    this is my preferred method as well. although, i try to remember to ditch the boogers before i grab a guitar
     
  18. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Silver pants make me wanna dance.

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    I’m risking it, but my lil dude did pull a guitar off the dining room table the other day.
     
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  19. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I joined a band, so I HAVE to practice.
     
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  20. garrett

    garrett Not a New Member

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    Those are great points. I take it for granted that playing has been a compulsion for me since I was 13-14 years old. If you plan stuff, it gives you excuses to cancel.

    FWIW, I have always left a guitar laying about regardless of my kid's age. Not the fancy stuff when kiddo was smaller, but still.
     
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