We've all been there. An important performance on the weekend... not enough time to practice due to other commitments. What do you do? I have been getting desperate to do something useful for my chops in time otherwise wasted. I realised I do a lot of driving every day, so I have started buzzing without a mouthpiece as I drive. Arpeggios, scales, songs...anything. Sure I get a lot of weird looks from passing traffic, but I don't care! I have also been trying out the old pencil routine as I sit in front of my computer at work. I've only recently started this routine of buzzing... about 2 hours a day as I go to from work and gripping a pencil in the chops for long periods. I figure it has to be better than no practice at all.. or do I have it wrong? Am I going to wreck my embrouchre. Any thoughts?? I know there is no substitute for "real" practice, but does anyone else have routines or tricks when they just don't have enough time in the day??