Progress is in direct proportion to the time spent on disciplined practice and creative performance. But a musician's growth is not determined by practice and playing alone. Life experience is an integral part of a musician's development. As an individual matures, the learning experience requires increasingly thoughtful decisions. The musician must learn to decide when practice is most important and when the value of other pursuits outweighs the value of specific practice. Many people do not achieve their goals because they use time unwisely. This is a most common source of frustration. But it often takes this frustration to enable the individual to see the necessity of making better decisions on his own priorities of time.
Practice should be approached as a means and not an end. Music should be a personal expression and not an endless series of exercises.
Music Pursuing the Horizon by Chuck Anderson Available at www.ChuckAndersonGuitar.com