Hi. I've really enjoyed the thread on playing confidence, but it has sparked another question... Steve L. mentioned to me once that one way to keep practice time fresh and focussed is to keep it really short. He suggested starting with only 5 minutes, to try to focus and concentrate your brain on useful material as opposed to fudging around playing stuff you already know. Guilty, m'lud... So... Question is, what kinds of things would it be worth practising to get maximum benefit? Scales? Broken chords? (Is that like Bmin7 with a flattened 9th?) Fingerboard familiarisation? Intonation (for fretless players)? Remember, only 5 minutes now... We can work ourselves up to 6 minutes next week. Bass practice for the interminably busy. Any thoughts? PS. BTW I collect broken jokes: "My dog smells terrible... He's got no nose." Sorry.