Do you know how much time exactly you need to learn something new?
I have never thought about it. But I find it very interesting and would love to know it.
And I don’t mean some easy 4 chord song. I mean something more challenging. Something that actually takes some time to learn.
So, I decided to do a little experiment…
I want to know exactly how many hours will it take me to learn a new song. And for this experiment I chose a song by Doc Watson called Deep River Blues:
I will count every minute and every hour of working on this song.
My plan is first to transcribe it, then learn it piece by piece. I will use the principles of deliberate practice to learn it as fast as possible, but I definitely don’t want to neglect quality. I want to create the best version that I am currently capable of.
To make this experiment more down-to-earth , I will only practice this tune for max. 60 minutes a day. I think this way it can inspire also some other folks to learn something new without spending the whole day with guitar.
Why is this experiment important?
First, I am really curious how long will it take to learn this song. I never did something like this before.
Second, knowing exactly how much time you need to put into something can have a great value for any aspiring guitarist. I know that my results won’t be the same as somebody else’s, but it will be much more precise than if I just guess.
People usually say something like this: “It took me 3 months to learn this song.”
But, really? Did it really take you 2192 hours to learn? Probably not.
What they mean is that they practiced 15 minutes a day for 3 months to be able to play it. That is around 23 hours of practicing. Not that much, right?
I think it would be much more inspiring for people to know the exact time of how long something takes to master than those vague guesses. That’s why I think this experiment can be valuable for many guitarists.
Let me know what you think.
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