Playing an instrument is like playing a sport.
Muscles and joints need to be trained and kept moving.
So, Every day, in addition to keep my legs in moving , I try to keep my hands in training, regardless of the time I can dedicate to the study of the repertoire.
I try to carve out a small window of free time dedicated to a series of exercises designed primarily to train the muscles of the hands and improve coordination.
First step: WarmUp!
Muscle warming is important, even in musical instrument practice. So, before starting every exercise, i make a brief series of warming exercises focused on muscular awakening and coordination improvement.
In this exercise, is very important to follow the instructions regarding the fingering: its purpose is just what to make work equally all fingers of both hands.
Second step: Chromatic exercise!
Simple chromatic pattern, and 2 variations with string skipping:
Third step: Spiders!
Final step: Scales!
At this point, a creative approach: a nice refresher of diatonic scales (major and minor)
concludes the daily training.
And now we begin to study the repertoire!
UPDATE - 2016-02-02
In the comments and via email many people have asked me a video. I recorded a raw version this morning, I hope will be helpful:
Download all workouts in a single PDF file from the link below: