For when it might be more fun to play cards than practice…
Draw 6 cards at random. Put them up on the stand in the order they appear. Perform the cards in the order they appear.
K: Twinkle Variation (Hearts Var A (mississipi hot dog / tuka-tuka-toot-toot), Clubs, Variation C (run pony run pony), Diamonds, Variation D (motorcycle-motorcycle), Spades, Variation E (tricycle-tricycle)… Play the rhythm on open E if you aren’t quite playing all the notes yet.
Q: Last “Polished” Piece: Parent or Teacher bows, Student fingers. If independent practicing, then, finger on your own without bow.
J: Twinkle to the rhythm of what you ate for breakfast (11x on E if you are not yet playing the notes) Try to make it absolutely clear what it was you ate by the tone and dynamics and rhythm.
10: 10 Bow Holds (Build 10 absolutely perfect bow holds)
9: Finger Taps (a pattern of 4 non-bowed taps on the string w/ 1st finger on G, D, A, E, then 2nd finger on G, D, A, E, then 2nd finger G, D, A, E, then 3rd finger G, D, A, E, then 4th finger G, D, A, E)
8: Finger Lifts (Place 1st finger between the G and D strings and Lift, then between D and A, then between A and E, Then 2nd finger… This is non bowed and should sound the string when the finger lifts off)
7: Up Bow Contest (See how many distinct sounds you can make on an open string on just one up bow.)
6: Down Bow Contest (See how many distinct sounds you can make on an open string on just one down bow.)
5: Dirty Doggie Scrub Scrub x 10 (“Bow” using your bow arm from the left elbow to the wrist 10 dirty doggie scrub scrubs starting from the elbow towards the wrist, or if you are beyond Perpetual Motion, the 2nd to last polished piece you completed, preferably from memory.)
4. Sight Reading (Sight-read 5 lines in your sight reading book or from a piece you have never tried to play before, preferably not in the book you are currently working with and maybe in a genre of music you are not super comfortable in.)
3. Play the last 10 measures of the piece you are working using just one inch of bow in a random part of the bow for each note.
4. Get on the couch and listen to the piece you are currently working on five times.
3. Practice bowing (in rest position, looking down at your toes) 3 times. Film yourself doing it if you are worried you look odd when you bow.
2. Play the scale for your current working piece using the rhythm of what you ate for lunch. (or 10 rhythms on an open string if you are not yet playing notes)
A. Play the middle section of your current piece with your spine against a door jam. If you are not yet playing notes, do 10 mississippi hot dogs on open E this way)