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?
Re: Is a 5-minute practice session worth it? 18:26 on Sunday, June 19, 2011
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.
Re: Is a 5-minute practice session worth it? 15:55 on Saturday, June 25, 2011
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.