In the past few weeks, some of my doodlings in between “real” practice items seem to have turned into small practice items themselves. For example, in between scale practices I started to play around with this figure:
It can start on any note, this is just an example. I found it can be used to practice keeping time and also the coordination of the fretting and picking hands. Like scale practice but with “my own” melody. Although after a time I get a feeling similar to when I repeat the same word so many times it loses its meaning and becomes just a sequence of sounds.
Also, depending on the tempo and the phrasing, it can be turned into a sort of loop, and the order of the notes can be changed, too.
Do you also come up with routines of yours when practicing? I may have only invented the wheel again, but it’s an interesting finding nonetheless.