"They" say it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master something.
I don't know who "they" are, but it is a fair assessment.
My husband is truly gifted, a wonder, and has "mastered" several instruments and various musical abilities and styles. He knows he can be better, and is always looking for the time to put in even more work to be so.
Have you ever taken music lessons? Do you remember what it took to plunk out Mary Had A Little Lamb? Did you stick with it, or quit? We all have gifts, and talents, and we all need t o make a living in this world too. My husband donates, yes, donates as in for free, HOURS of time to school projects, church projects/ministry, and discounts heavily while trying to help charities and other causes he believes in.
But we still have bills to pay and food to purchase.
Please consider the following. (Taken from FaceBook, original source unknown, sorry)
I am not trying to whine, or complain. This is just a reminder, it is more than just a couple hours at a gig.
It is dedication and hours in the making.