Question: How long should I practice? Answer: As long as you can!
In truth, the answer depends on a whole list of variables: your age, attention span, health and stamina, goals. That said, the more time you spend with your instrument, the better you will play.
To illustrate this, I long ago posted this chart on the bulletin board in my studio. It shows the pace that an average student will progress through the Suzuki books, given their practice habits.
In a nutshell, you can complete all 10 Suzuki books (that brings you through two Mozart concerti) in five years, if you practice two hours or more a day. A devoted but slightly less ambitious student who practices a half-hour to an hour a day can master about a book a year. If you practice only a few days a week, for less than a half-hour, you can expect to be languishing in Book 2, even after 10 years.
So consistency is important, but so is spending a solid chunk of time. What is your typical practice session? What are your thoughts on practice, and where do you find motivation?
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