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I am student currently doing my grade 11. As I am also prepping for the entrance exams a majority of my time goes for studying.

I wake up at 6 to go to school and come back at 6 in the evening.

Can someone suggest any way to progress fast in guitar without spending too much time on it

P.s - I am currently learning how to play canon rock by jerry c Kinda hard , but I think I will get through it soon

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This gets no easier when you get older. I'm 48 and still struggle to find time to practise. Here are some things that help me:

  1. Take lessons. It is dead embarrassing to turn up for a lesson having not practised the pieces you are working on. That helps spur me on.
  2. Sign up for performances. The orchestra I am in has a concert in five days time. I'm worried that I won't keep up. So I'm practising. The more 'out there' the event the more anxious you will be to practise. I tried a pit orchestra for a local musical and a string quartet for a street party and they both led to a lot of practise.
  3. As David said if, like me, you just want to enjoy playing rather than turn professional then it is enough to see yourself improve. Some days I only practise for 10 minutes, but that's still better than nothing.

Good luck!

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Well said. I had more time on my hands when I was studying than now when I have family with small kids. –  awe Dec 10 '13 at 7:57

Basically, There is no 'Get good fast' method with guitar. You've got to do it the old fashioned way, frustrated but progressing.

I still see a valid question here which would be, 'How should I manage my time to most efficiently improve my skills?'...

The answer to that is that with whatever time you can spare, figure out your personal weaknesses in playing (be it fretting speed, right hand technique, etc..., doesn't matter). Start by bringing them up to par with your other skills. Then once you hit that equilibrium, you can start to focus on exercises that improve a variety of skills, rather than just your weaknesses.

It doesn't matter if you have hours to spare, or even 5 minutes a day, if you play and work on a few key areas every day(excluding tired days! Its very easy to burn out), even for 5 minutes, you're going to see steady progress.

Not fast, but this is how you become a well balanced player, for any instrument, not just guitar.

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It depends on how good you want to be. If you only ever want to be good enough to play Canon Rock, then you can just practice that song when you have free time. But if you want to be good enough to play with professional musicians, you'll never get there unless you're willing to devote a lot of time.

As for managing your time, I find that I only make time to practice if I have to. Joining a band pretty much means you will have to practice, so you'll be forced to get better. Especially if it's challenging music.

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I used to have the same problem as you -- Many hours of school (well, university in my case) and then I was pretty tired to play. But I wanted (still want) to get better, so I tried to play a couple of hours each day.

For instance, if you get back from school at 6, you could rest/eat for an hour or so and then play from 7 to 9 or something.

Of course, there are going to be days that you'll be too tired to play guitar and you just want to rest, and that's totally normal. All people will feel like that some day or the other.

Just like @davidkennedy85 said, the time you want to practice depends on what you want to achieve. But I believe that 2-3 hours per day is good if don't want to be professional any time soon.

So, try out practicing for a couple of hours each day and see how that works out.

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