How long should one practice to be a professional performer?
The following are the steps before practice: 1. You first get the part you want to practice accurately from the master and get his/her approval that what you learnt is correct or within correctable range. 2. You should remember or have all the points you need to perfect written down. 3. Then you try to understand what you got from the master. Then begin to practice. A singer should practice a minimum of two to three hours with calculated periods of rest. An instrumentalist should practice two to three times more than that of a vocalist. An ideal instrumentalist (in the Carnatic Tradition) should try to coordinate voice and the instrument in every possible way.