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    Practice Routine

    Just curious what you who work a regular job do for your practice weekly. I was formerly in the Army Band but that was many years ago and now I have a family and work Monday thru Friday. I also teach at a local university one night a week as well. Getting practice in can be a challenge. I find that I am spending a large percentage of practice on long tones, scales and flexibility and not as much time on technical studies or etudes. This is probably not the best model but I no longer have hours a day to practice like I did in the military. What is your routine to keep the chops up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidus1 View Post
    Just curious what you who work a regular job do for your practice weekly. I was formerly in the Army Band but that was many years ago and now I have a family and work Monday thru Friday. I also teach at a local university one night a week as well. Getting practice in can be a challenge. I find that I am spending a large percentage of practice on long tones, scales and flexibility and not as much time on technical studies or etudes. This is probably not the best model but I no longer have hours a day to practice like I did in the military. What is your routine to keep the chops up?
    I think I should have posted this in the "Performance and Practice" area but didn't notice that until it was too late. ( :
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    Consider it moved!

    In my case, I find multi-tasking in warmup and practice of crucial importance. In truth, no performer can afford to waste time in practice, but it is even more true when one's practice is structurally limited.

    I described the basics of my approach in this thread:

    http://www.dwerden.com/forum/showthr...-time-save-me!
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    I was just thinking about the same thing lately. I have a regular job and my only time practicing is the 30-50 mins before work each morning. And like you, I've generally do long tones, scales, flexibility, then maybe only 5-10 minutes on a piece I'm working on. Not much time really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davewerden View Post
    Consider it moved!

    In my case, I find multi-tasking in warmup and practice of crucial importance. In truth, no performer can afford to waste time in practice, but it is even more true when one's practice is structurally limited.

    I described the basics of my approach in this thread:

    http://www.dwerden.com/forum/showthr...-time-save-me!
    Thanks Dave. I'll check that out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChristianeSparkle View Post
    I was just thinking about the same thing lately. I have a regular job and my only time practicing is the 30-50 mins before work each morning. And like you, I've generally do long tones, scales, flexibility, then maybe only 5-10 minutes on a piece I'm working on. Not much time really.
    Thanks! Yes, time is precious isn't it?
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