Welcome to episode 127 of the LJS Podcast where today I spend some time maintenance practicing. Maintenance practicing is a great way to keep up your skills even when you have very little time to spend practicing. I play through my quick routine and let you know how I keep my fingers fresh. Listen in!
Listen to episode 127
Here’s the truth, even as a professional musician, I don’t always have a lot of time to practice.
Even the small percentage of professional musicians who make most of their living performing have limited time to practice. Musicians like me do a lot of education and have other lives, and sometimes it can be tough.
But, of course, even if you’re a hobbyist or student, I know you can relate. You have a job, a family, and other priorities. Sometimes you don’t have time to sit down and learn a bunch of musical information.
No need to worry!
Maintenance practicing is the kind of practicing you do when you just need to keep your chops fresh. I do this all of the time. Usually, they don’t last much longer than 30 minutes, but they keep me connected with my instrument and my chops ready to go.
Here’s a bit of what I go over in today’s episode:
How to keep up your jazz skills with little practice.
The 3 categories I draw from to build my practice session.
A cool technical exercise I practice.
A solo rendition of a popular jazz standard.
A cool 2-5-1 lick I practice in all 12 keys.
Maintenance practicing is awesome, and I hope you’ll use my framework to build your own. They are quick, but they are rewarding.
Doing them makes you feel accomplished and it also keeps your chops ready to go and your brain connected to your instrument.
What kinds of things do you do when you have limited time to practice? Leave a comment below.