Minimum 'emergency practice'?
So my partner has recently started tracking my progress on the calendar using stickers. It's quite cute and feels surprisingly validating to get a sticker as part of my belated 100 day challenge.
A couple days ago she asked me what I would consider a 'minimum' amount of practice to be worth a sticker. I then sat down and defined what I would consider my emergency practice, and am curious what other people do/would add if you had only a limited amount of time to practice but were committed to forcing it in.
-4 2 octave scales, F, G, A, B to ensure I practice shifting up to 5th position (whole bow, then 2 in a bow)
-The arpeggios to go with the scales
-1 3 octave scale + it's arpeggio
-Some work on at least one phrase of something I'm working on.
If my viola gets out of the case and I play it at all, I count it as practice for the purpose of the 100 days challenge.
Your emergency practice, Michael, would be a regular practice for me.
Andrew, hilarious! For me the spirit of the 100 day challenge is what I'm chasing. I just finished a degree that for the last three years has done serious damage to my spare time. I would often be in a situation where I would have to choose sleep, practice, or homework. So to me this is just about forcing myself to practice for 100 days in a row - rebuilding the habit, you could say.
For almost the entire time that I've played, I've been in either demanding non-music degree programs or busy non-music jobs. There's a day or two most weeks where I practice less than 10 minutes because that's all the time I can spare. There have been times in my life I've averaged under 15 minutes a day for a month, but still squeezed in something on 25 or more days of then month.
Slow-to-fast basics: a selection of my own 2-minutes per page drills on cales, trills, shifts, chords, vibrato etc.