Is a 5-minute "practice" session worth it?
 

Is a 5-minute "practice" session worth it?

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Is a 5-minute "practice" session worth it?    00:36 on Sunday, June 19, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

karlbonner82
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I've been practicing quite a lot lately, and 30-45 minutes is what I currently think of as a good session. But I can't do it every day. However on some of those days, I *can* practice for 5-10 minutes. How much of a difference will those 5-10 minutes make in terms of keeping my embouchure from getting lax?

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Re: Is a 5-minute practice session worth it?    18:26 on Sunday, June 19, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

JOhnlovemusic
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Yes, Absolutely. You won't build stamina or flexibility but it will keep your muscle memory going; both in your lips and your fingers. I encourage my students to keep their horn out on a stand in a safe location so they can at least play a single chromatic scale each day.

Be sure to play whatever you do play with commitment and enjoyment. One scale, five minutes, any thing is better than nothing.

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Re: Is a 5-minute practice session worth it?    15:55 on Saturday, June 25, 2011 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Fredrick
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Any time spent practicing your horn is time well spent.

However, unless the other people living in your house are respectful enough not to handle your horn, I would advise putting your horn away every time you're done practicing. From my own experience: in the past a few of my things (not my horn, thankfully) have been damaged at the hands of my siblings.

   

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