#1
Growing up, I occasionally saw copies of the Royal Canadian Air Force Exercise Plans for Physical Fitness in the homes of my friends. It is basically an 11-minute set of exercises devised for pilots who were stationed in the north, with no access to a gym. Here are two links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5BX
and http://osalrex.110mb.com/HTML/5BX_Intro.html. I recently read where Prince William, Prince Charles, and Prince Phillip all do these every day. These are guys whose days are completed planned out, from what I read.

For the type of guitar playing that you do, or aspire to, what techniques and/or repertoire would you practice if you only had 11 minutes a day? Let's say that this is only amount of time you could practice each day for an extended period, say 3 months. After that, you could work on other things for 1-3 hours a day.

To make it more interesting, let's say that each day's practice had to be the same as the other days. Remember, after three months, you could go back to whatever you were doing. But you don't want any skills to deteriorate.
#2
The US army uses these exercises as part of its physical training program. Of course, we did these plus around 30 other exercises over the course of 1-2 hours a day but the basic idea is the same.

Anyway, if I only had 11 minutes a day to practice guitar, I would stretch my fingers, do those practice runs up and down the strings with all 4 fingers(i.e. 1-2-3-4 all the way up, then down, then 2-3-4-5, etc.), practice a difficult or new scale or chord that I don't know yet or am sloppy at, and after that read theory for as much time as I have left.
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#3
I would first play a D major chord and then run through one of the major scale shapes, then I would noodle around for the remaining 10 minutes.
#5
Quote by nullifygirls
Growing up, I occasionally saw copies of the Royal Canadian Air Force Exercise Plans for Physical Fitness in the homes of my friends. It is basically an 11-minute set of exercises devised for pilots who were stationed in the north, with no access to a gym. Here are two links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5BX
and http://osalrex.110mb.com/HTML/5BX_Intro.html. I recently read where Prince William, Prince Charles, and Prince Phillip all do these every day. These are guys whose days are completed planned out, from what I read.

For the type of guitar playing that you do, or aspire to, what techniques and/or repertoire would you practice if you only had 11 minutes a day? Let's say that this is only amount of time you could practice each day for an extended period, say 3 months. After that, you could work on other things for 1-3 hours a day.

To make it more interesting, let's say that each day's practice had to be the same as the other days. Remember, after three months, you could go back to whatever you were doing. But you don't want any skills to deteriorate.


I'd wait for 3 months and then start playing 1-3 hours a day.
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#6
Quote by GuitarMunky
I'd wait for 3 months and then start playing 1-3 hours a day.


This. For sure. I have put the guitar down for over a year and it took maybe a couple of weeks to relearn everything back, and then improve some. I never worry anymore about not practicing enough.
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this man hits the nail on the head.
#9
just do whatever you want. you wont improve much at 11 minutes a day, so you might as well just enjoy yourself.
all the best.
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