Here’s some 5 minute practice ideas you can do right now (some don’t even need an instrument). I know some people are super busy but if you have 2 minutes to read this post, how about pick one 5 minute practice routine and you’ll only be taking 3 minutes from your “busy” schedule.
Another great thing about 5 minute practices is they will help you get your momentum going. They’ll make it easier to develop the habit of playing guitar everyday!
5 minute practice ideas
1. Play along to a song you like.
Go to your music player of choice, tune up your guitar and play along for a few minutes. You’ll probably learn something new and have a good time in the process. 3 -5 minutes.
2. Hand drumming
Get a metronome out and practice hand-drumming along to the click. Consider working on different techniques like paradiddles, simple beats, a rhythms like quarter notes, triplets, sixteenth notes. Here’s an online metronome if you need one. 1-5 minutes.
Groove for a few minutes. Get that metronome out and pick a simple rhythmic idea. The challenge is to play that groove in time for at least 2-5 minutes. This will develop your vamping chops (no pun intended). 2-5 minutes.
Do a vocal warm-up. This will help you (obviously) warm up your voice, plus work on intonation. Learning to play with good intonation is something that guitarist overlook. Having frets helps in a lot of ways but can hinder developing good intonation habits. Check out this vocal warm-up for beginners. 3-5 minutes.
Practice your aural imagination. This means imagining music in your head. You can try recalling a song you’ve already heard or composing something in your head. 3-5 minutes.
- Take a favorite song or create a new one
- Listen to the melody
- Hear the beat and the chords.
- Now hear two of the elements together (pick 2 of melody, chords and beat). Then 3 or more at the same time.
- Hear things in stereo and then in surround sound. For example, the violins are coming from over head and the bass comes from out front and to the right.
- You can imagine a famous person doing a cover of the song.
- You can make a soundtrack to your life as it occurs over the next 5 minutes
6. Good Vibes
Send out good vibes through your instrument. Focus on sending out good vibes to one or of the following: a loved one, the world, a flower, a tree, or whatever/whomever you’d like to send some good vibes. Focus on sending the good vibes through the notes you’re playing. 1-5 minutes.
Do a guitar warm-up. Pick a few simple exercises intended to warm up your hands, muscles and coordination. Some warm-ups might be relaxed strumming, easy scales or just hand stretches. You can take a break or keep on practicing after warming up. Consider using a metronome. 3-5 minutes.