Serious musicians have no choice but to be intense… I’m not surprised you found my entry strange, since out opinions about practice are very different and you’re not used to practicing for long periods of time. At first my reaction to ‘brutal’ practice sessions was pretty much the same, but if you’re serious about becoming a virtuoso, you have to practice hard, but if that’s your true love, than spending 9, 10, or even 12 hours doing what you love most sounds great!
My practice session would be even more intense if I didn’t have to go to school. Even now, I don’t study and I do my homework at school.
I’ll post you my schedules, so you would understand how these amounts of time are possible:
Sun: 8 [I have Japanese classes, so I have no choice but to decrease the amount]
Obviously, I could do more, but, at the moment, I think a schedule like this will be enough, and interchanging the amounts of practice won’t get me bored. It’s good to also make separate schedules for every day.
Anyways, these numbers don’t impress me, since that’s pretty much the amount of time I used to practice guitar. And, about guitar… my schedule is nothing compared to CreativeHeart’s 14-hours-a-day plan…
I hope I made thinks clearer. And I hope that now you understand that, to become a professional, you must sacrifice all the time you have.