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Title: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: LarriDave on February 21, 2012, 02:11:41 PM
Hi everyone,

I thought I would ask you guys what are your favorite times of the day (or the night) for playing your guitar.
I guess it's a matter of preference and convenience. It might also depend on your mood, on the weather, etc...
Maybe some prefer the blues when it's cold and rainy, some may prefer a jazzy play when sunny....  :nana_guitar
Some may like it first thing in the morning, some may prefer it after a good coffee.

What's your preference, and what determines the time at which you play and the kind of music you play? Be as specific as you want.
Lastly, which instrument do you play, and do you prefer a specific model more than others at a given time of the day?

I'll start .... I like to play a variety of styles (blues, rock, pop, some jazz, classical etc...), and during workdays it's difficult to
play before the evening. But sometimes, I like to play just 5-10 min before going to work. Great way to start the day!
If I have a chance to come not too late in the afternoon, I really like afternoon/early evening play. Very relaxing and frees your mind after a hard day of work. I often play some before going to bed as well, it seems to relax me and make me sleep better. Music has healing powers I guess.


And BTW, have some donuts...  :donut :donut :donut :donut  :coffee


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Walkerman on February 21, 2012, 02:30:03 PM
Back in my single days (70's) I was on duty at the med center from 4 pm to 12:30 am.  That was at the LACUSC Med Center, and I lived in Huntington Beach, so it was about an hours drive to get home.  When I got home, and all the rest of the world was asleep, I used to play for an hour or so, and then I was ready for bed.  Sometimes, I'd interrupt my playing for a short walk on the beach, but it was all good......


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Queequeg on February 21, 2012, 02:59:13 PM
I keep a guitar next to the bed. I like to get up about 5:00am and grab a cup of coffee and play for an hour or so before I get ready for work. Sometimes I have trouble sleeping so I'll play in the middle of the night.
Before I go to bed, I will either read or...
well, you know- play guitar for a while.
Tuesday nights I play at a coffeehouse about 15 miles from home.
Saturday afternoons I play in the lobby of the University Main Hospital for patients, their families and staff.
You'd think with all this practice that I could play the darned thing; huh?  :crying:


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Barefoot Rob on February 21, 2012, 04:09:01 PM
For me every chance I get anytime of day or night.If I'm not learning a new tune then lately I've been working on my slide playing in standard tuning and how I can use the slide as a rythm instrument.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Anders451 on February 21, 2012, 04:23:53 PM
Oddly enough, early morning and at night.
Of course I play on "normal" daytime aswell  :laughin:


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: steam-powered on February 21, 2012, 04:54:49 PM
All day, whenever there's free time.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: striper on February 21, 2012, 08:08:03 PM
Seems early in the morning I play  better ... Late evenings (especially those 9 to 1 or the dreaded 10 to 2 gigs) I start to fade..


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Dru Edwards on February 21, 2012, 09:43:03 PM
Evening for sure....

Same with me. Probably because I spend 5 days a week at work and only get a chance to play in the evening to unwind.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: LarriDave on February 21, 2012, 09:56:33 PM
Thanks Walkerman, Queequeg, unclrob and everyone who responded for sharing with us. Great stuff!

Which model do you guys play, and is there a particular guitar that you prefer at a given time?


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Danny on February 21, 2012, 10:48:03 PM
 :+1: on mornings.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: ryler on February 21, 2012, 11:39:00 PM
If I had my day to myself (as I used to) then it would be 8a-10a.  But now it's evening after work.  I'd say 7p-9p.  I mix it in with general computer use.  Play 5 or 6 songs, surf the web, play some more.  Like that.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: willfo on February 24, 2012, 09:07:53 PM
 My best ideas come in the morning for songwriting , by mid-morning if a song hasn't come out I start working on cover tunes , if they don't work out I work on my technique for the rest of the day. Usually around 5-6 I begrudgingly put it down and make dinner and spend the rest of the day with my family ,or at band practice on weekdays. Fri-Sun I gig everynight. I usually don't get much done on Saturday. "I love to play!!" , is a huge understatement! I want to go to the next level musically , and made my decision to forsake any kind of security about 5 yrs ago. I haven't had to work a day job now for about 2 years , of course my job skills aren't really conducive for security(lol)!!! The fact that I'm actually with a woman who understands that music is it for me and really is a job certainly does help!!


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: oldncrusty on February 24, 2012, 09:40:05 PM
When I worked I used to get up at 0530 and play some jazz or blues on one of my archtops 'till 0630.   Usually the ES-125 or the L4-CES.  I found that was my bluest time of the day and the music helped me face the next 12 hours.   Those guitars don't get as much play as they used to now that I have the LV-03RE.

Now I sit behind a large window in the mid morning sun and play 60's, 70's pop and folk tunes.   I'll go over some fiddle tunes or country swing that I know I'll be playing next with my fiddle group.   
I love to teach my wife how to play.  She gets home from work around 1330 and we'll play for an hour or so.  She's a quick study and I find it stimulating to teach something...anything again.  Same big window, mid afternoon sun.

Man, I'm getting old.   


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Barefoot Rob on February 24, 2012, 09:55:24 PM
Lately its been my LS10 but my OM03PA also gets some time mostley at night after 10 when all asleep,well except for the cats.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: frankhond on February 24, 2012, 10:22:41 PM
Anytime. Juggling freelance work, my work as a professional artist, kids, wife and workrelated travel... Guitars hang on the wall always ready, I grab one as soon as I have a moment free. Play mostly songs or song fragments, can't fit a proper routine into the fragmented schedule. But I get at least an hour per day, which is too little to play at the level I would like. During vacations or down periods I get 2-3 hours a day and the difference is dramatic.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: skatalite on February 25, 2012, 12:08:06 AM
At night, mostly. I work until 11 p.m.-midnightish, so I get home, change out of work clothes and pick up a guitar. I alternate between playing and watching TV until about 5 a.m. I wake up around 11 to noon, take the dogs outside, grabbing a guitar along the way. Play for an hour, then get ready for work.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Walkerman on February 25, 2012, 01:11:19 AM
For sure, I played a lot more in my single days.  Once you get married, have kids and such, the time just seems to slip away.  Needless to say, I am really looking forward to retirement.  One thing I did was make sure my sons had years of lessons, and became very good guitar players, so I would always have someone to play with.  Now, well, they're in their 20's and don't have much time for their old man....Cats in the Cradle...eh?


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Danny on February 25, 2012, 02:14:59 AM
Today my younger son who is 30 said he wanted to show me a finger style he had just learned. He is a much better player than me. But I have more guitars. :tongue:


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: GA-ME on February 25, 2012, 02:22:33 AM
My favorite time of the day to play is when a guitar is in my hands...

which amounts to several hours a day.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: psr-740 on February 25, 2012, 12:54:24 PM
My guitar is in the living room, on a stand and ready to use. every time I see it am tempted to take it in my hand...
If I have the time , I grab it even for few moments  :nana_guitar


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: AtlasHeating on February 25, 2012, 03:22:06 PM
I think I prefer mornings. If I work all day, my hands are sore, and it is not as fun.
During the morning I need to be a bit quieter so my wife can continue sleeping...


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Jscott on February 25, 2012, 09:43:34 PM
in the mornings i like to exercise/practice   and in the evenings i like to play.. anytime in between is a combination of the two unless someone is over for lessons or whatever


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: HAMFIST on February 25, 2012, 11:48:48 PM
My favorite time to play is when the kids leave me alone long enough.

Saturday mornings are good, as that is when I hit an acoustic jam down the way at a coffee shop. Sit up a while on Friday once the kids are down and get my act together. Wake up at 6 a.m., at the jam by 7 and play until 10 a.m.

Generally have a few guitars, two fiddles, upright bass, mandolin ... maybe a few other things depending.

Not a very "rock" time. But that's okay.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Madhermit on February 26, 2012, 06:08:49 AM
Night owl here.  Or vampire, not sure which.

Starting around 9:30 p.m. I wake up.  It's annoying being a working stiff and all, but I would rather stay up every night until 3 or 4 am.  Hence why I am up right now (1 am).  Just put down my L-02.  Night songs are the best.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: prof_stack on February 27, 2012, 03:52:52 AM
My too-busy life finds it best to play before heading to bed at night.  Soothes a lot of tension and sets things mostly right again.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: SMan on February 27, 2012, 05:04:56 AM
In the evening with the lights low looking out over the city lights from my living room.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: ST on February 27, 2012, 09:36:00 AM
If I'm on a deadline to learn something first thing in the morning is the best time.  This way the guitar time is not dependent on the outcome of any other activity.

If there is nothing pressing then any time night or day works fine. Ideally, I'll pick a time when I don't have any commitments coming up. I prefer not to have to watch the clock while playing.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: DJ in FL on February 28, 2012, 12:43:26 AM
Being and OLD fart, and fortunate enough to be retired, there is a song that describes best time to play...
ANYTIME...you're feeling lonely, ANYTIME, you're feeling blue, or happy or just ANYTIME...

 :guitar


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: LarriDave on March 08, 2012, 12:50:05 PM
Played only 10 min this morning before going to work... man, what 10 min! I like to play in the morning if I have a chance,
sets things right for the rest of the day.  :coffee


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: LarriDave on March 08, 2012, 12:51:23 PM
My too-busy life finds it best to play before heading to bed at night.  Soothes a lot of tension and sets things mostly right again.

 :+1:


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: maLavvo on March 08, 2012, 01:39:59 PM

Pretty much any time of the day for me as well.  Mostly after dinner on weekdays or early morning on weekends before breakfast.  Sometimes I play while watching sports (muted).  The guitar, if I have new acquisition get a play time for the first 2-3 weeks and then pretty much rotate my other guitars, LV-09, OM-03, Breedlove Passport, or a beater Sigma SDR-28.  But there's always one that is out, my sofa/travel guitar - the Takamine Gmini NS.

 :beer



Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: randmag on March 08, 2012, 10:47:44 PM
I tend to play whenever I get a chance. Some days I'll only play maybe an hour but most times I play a few hours in the evening and whenever I can on weekends. I'm a relative beginner playing for only about 2 years now but playing my L-03, Bakersfield and RS-4 keeps me plenty motivated. Mostly play blues and rock but would like to delve into jazz one day.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Tuba Mike on March 08, 2012, 11:33:34 PM
in the mornings i like to exercise/practice   and in the evenings i like to play.. anytime in between is a combination of the two unless someone is over for lessons or whatever

Ditto!  On an ideal day, I practice in the a.m. (and I really do like to practice) and at night I like to wind down by just playing.  Sometimes I just noodle.  It's "my time". 


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: HAMFIST on March 09, 2012, 01:48:14 AM
Right after dinner.

Sit down in front of the music stand and work through some things while the boy is working on homework and the little girl is playing. Then, when they are both down, I pick up again and just run excercises and scales.



Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: crescent on March 09, 2012, 02:47:57 PM
After my son goes to bed , fresh log on the fire ,wife reads across from me ,my yellow lab lays bye the fireplace.
 I really enjoy this time because all electronics are off.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: rwskaggs on March 09, 2012, 03:00:54 PM
Being and OLD fart, and fortunate enough to be retired, there is a song that describes best time to play...
ANYTIME...you're feeling lonely, ANYTIME, you're feeling blue, or happy or just ANYTIME...

 :guitar


 :+1: :+1: :+1:


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Queequeg on March 09, 2012, 03:19:48 PM
I woke up at 2:15 am. Picked up my guitar, I turned the light back off and practiced for the next 45 minutes flat on my back in bed in the dark until I had really worked out the bugs in a Johnny Mercer tune I play fingerstyle/no sangin'.
When I woke up this morning, I had that tune pretty well nailed and I think I can perform it this weekend.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Jeff on March 09, 2012, 05:23:09 PM
Weeknights, my wife is usually early to bed, so head I downstairs and practice for an hour and a half every evening.  Most nights, I concentrate on the hardest passages of whatever I am learning, and do the stuff that drives anyone listening crazy: running the same couple of measures over and over again, gradually increasing speed until I have it up to tempo and locked into muscle memory.  I wonder how many others have that problem of having a space to do real "woodshedding" without turning your housemates into potential axe murderers.  Anyway, every couple of nights, I'll relax and play for pure pleasure, running through both what I'm working on and stuff that I have down cold.   I also get up weekdays in time to put in maybe a half hour of playing however much of a new piece I've gotten down so far at tempo, just to tamp home the work I did the night before. 

Weekends, it's catch as catch can.  Since she's not getting up early the next day, my wife will stay up later, so I sometimes end up with guitar in my hands in front of the TV late in the late hours.  Then, I'll again do the repetitive stuff while watching the tube, not paying much attention to what my hands and fingers are doing--more muscle memory work, I guess. 


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: bifenwolf on March 10, 2012, 01:05:53 AM
I work a typical M-F and learned that if I pick up during the weekday AM, before work....I start looking at the clock going "Crap.....work in 42 minutes and I still need to make Lucho for the kids".  Saturday & Sunday mornings are bliss..........4AM until 7ish when everyone is still sleeping.  My time and I cherish the play time. :smile:


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Queequeg on March 10, 2012, 07:34:09 AM
Most nights, I concentrate on the hardest passages of whatever I am learning, and do the stuff that drives anyone listening crazy: running the same couple of measures over and over again, gradually increasing speed until I have it up to tempo and locked into muscle memory.  I wonder how many others have that problem of having a space to do real "woodshedding" without turning your housemates into potential axe murderers. 
I understand, Jeff.
I live alone and no one would tolerate my practicing, especially when I am woodshedding a new piece for 90 minutes at a sitting. I'm not sure how I put up with it.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: OutWithTheBlue on March 11, 2012, 01:00:11 PM
Any friggen chance I get! haha


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: old beginner on March 15, 2012, 06:18:42 PM
New guy here....coffee and donuts for all... :donut :donut :donut :donut :donut :donut :donut2 :donut2 :donut2 :donut2 :donut2 :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee
 :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee...I hope that's enough....my second posting ..so I'm still trying to get a hang on the number...

I haven't had much time lately to sit and practice and play my Larrivee. But when I used to be regular with it, I would get up at about 4:30 am and do about an hour's worth. Sometimes, in the evening, I would sit for about another hour or so to work on some new chord changes or right hand fingerings with the TV and some sports going on. Either time the children would usually be in bed and the house was quiet. As bad as I play, my wife has told me a couple of times that she could hear me in the basement or in another room practicing and the sound of the guitar would help her back to sleep. I'm trying to take that as a compliment. Or is my song selection that boring....hhhmmmmmmmm.

The early mornings are good because I'm usually fresh and rested. The evenings are tougher for the opposite reason, plus my head is sometimes not in it because of work from earlier in the day, and household stuff that came up during dinner....etc....

I'm sure that I'm not alone here....


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Danny on March 15, 2012, 06:23:35 PM
New guy here....coffee and donuts for all... :donut :donut :donut :donut :donut :donut :donut2 :donut2 :donut2 :donut2 :donut2 :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee
 :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee...I hope that's enough....my second posting ..so I'm still trying to get a hang on the number...

I haven't had much time lately to sit and practice and play my Larrivee. But when I used to be regular with it, I would get up at about 4:30 am and do about an hour's worth. Sometimes, in the evening, I would sit for about another hour or so to work on some new chord changes or right hand fingerings with the TV and some  :welcome:sports going on. Either time the children would usually be in bed and the house was quiet. As bad as I play, my wife has told me a couple of times that she could hear me in the basement or in another room practicing and the sound of the guitar would help her back to sleep. I'm trying to take that as a compliment. Or is my song selection that boring....hhhmmmmmmmm.

The early mornings are good because I'm usually fresh and rested. The evenings are tougher for the opposite reason, plus my head is sometimes not in it because of work from earlier in the day, and household stuff that came up during dinner....etc....

I'm sure that I'm not alone here....
:welcome:  to the funny farm and yes you are not alone here.  :whistling:


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: old beginner on March 15, 2012, 06:40:44 PM
Thank you for the welcome, Dan ...and  :wave back!!!


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: Dru Edwards on March 18, 2012, 08:58:58 PM
Any friggen chance I get! haha

You are so right! Especially with such a busy work/travel schedule.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: OutWithTheBlue on March 19, 2012, 05:42:10 AM
You are so right! Especially with such a busy work/travel schedule.

EXACTLY!


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: antiplano on March 19, 2012, 05:29:27 PM
I like to take a bit of time before I go to bed...the house is quiet, and it seems like my fingers are more nimble or relaxed after all the stuff that goes on during the day. If any good musical ideas are gonna pop into my head, that's usually the time.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: sailadams on March 22, 2012, 03:02:50 AM
My guitar is in the living room, on a stand and ready to use. every time I see it am tempted to take it in my hand...
If I have the time , I grab it even for few moments  :nana_guitar
Me too, but it's usually just after I get home in the afternoon.


Title: Re: Your favorite time of the day to play guitar...
Post by: edgeguy on March 23, 2012, 02:12:53 PM
I am sure this has been said.

Whenever I can.  With three girls in high school 3 years in a row I cherish the time I get when I can play my guitar.