It's almost summer time, and it's getting hot! What better way to beat the heat than by cooling off indoors with your instrument? With a whole summer away from playing in school, it's hard to stay motivated to practice and progress. Find ways to challenge yourself and find new sounds and techniques to add to your playing, getting a summer music teacher or joining a community music group are a few ways to do that. You can even use the internet to find new music and video tutorials, but it's best to have another person to guide you away from potential mistakes. There is a wealth of information out there and it's just waiting for you to find it!
Scales are really important in your practice sessions, but the can become tedious and boring after a while. Once you have a scale down and you are doing variations on it, turn on a youtube backing track in the same key(search youtube for "_ major backing track"). Not only will you be playing with a metronome and chord progression, you can start to work on improvisation!
If you are all on your own and you aren't working towards any goal, set one for yourself. Listen to as many recordings of your instrument as you can and find things that may interest you. There are many forums and websites dedicated to particular instruments and you are guarenteed to find something very easily.