When Paul Desmond interviewed alto saxophonist Charlie Parker in 1954, he asked him how he acquired his “fantastic technique.” Parker responded, “I cannot see that there’s anything fantastic about my progress at all, Paul. I put quite a bit of study into the horn, that’s true. So much so that on one occasion the neighbours asked my mother to move. They said I was driving them crazy with the horn. I used to put in at least eleven to fifteen hours every day, and I did this over three to four years.”
Take the midpoints of Parker’s practice account. If he practised six days a week with four weeks off per annum for rest and rehabilitation, we can calculate the following.
13 hours per day x 6 (days per week) x 48 (weeks per year) x 3.5 years = 13,104 hours
According to this estimate, Charlie Parker accrued well over 10000 hours in three-and-a-half years. His practice routine was consistent and sustained so from his perspective, progress was measured and incremental.
from Learning Strategies for Musical Success by Michael Griffin
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