Ten thousand hours of practice is considered as an epitome to master any craft. The number of hours you should practice the guitar completely depends on your personal goals as a guitar player. Let us find out how many hours should you practice the guitar.
“The level of achievement that we have at anything, is a reflection, of how well, we were able to focus on it. Because the only thing that's holding you back is the way you're thinking.” ~Steve Vai
How Many Hours Should You Practice The Guitar
A beginner guitar player should try to practice for at least 30 minutes every weekday. If you are aspiring to make it as a studio musician or professional guitar player, you should try to practice for at least 90 minutes each day. Most professional guitar players practice 180 minutes — 240 minutes each day. Your practice should be well-structured and focused.
How long should you practice completely depends on your goal as a guitar player?
The 10000-Hour Rule For Musicians
In 2008, Malcolm Gladwell published his New York Times bestseller, Outliers. It's within this book that Gladwell frequently talks about the 10,000-Hour Rule, citing it as "the magic number of greatness."
He takes the example of The Beatles and how they completed 10000 Hours to achieve greatness.
The book also looks at many “outliers”, people who are extraordinarily proficient in certain subjects or skills. It then tries to break down what helped them to become outliers. It is a great read.
When practising the guitar, your main goal should not be time spent. Rather, it should be quality of practice.
Focused, deliberate practice for 30 minutes is a lot more productive than 90 minutes of mind-numbing practice.
So even though 10000 hours is considered as an epitome, always be mindful. 1000 hours of mindful practice will always be more productive than 10000 hours of mindless noodling.