Building a successful warm-up

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  1. BHS Trumpet

    BHS Trumpet New Friend

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    Next year I will be a senior in highschool and throughout my time in middle school and early high school I neglected the importance of a warmup routine. Sure I would play a few notes. I would do some slurring exercises and some dexterity exercises, but these would only last a few minutes at most before I would work on pieces of music. Within the past year though the importance of a good warmup has become painfully aware. So I've started to try to develope a routine.

    Some of the things I like to do are chromatics. I will start on low F# and go to a middle G. Then I would go down chromatically and repeat this process. I would slowly get faster until I could keep this up at a pretty fast speed while making sure it was still clean.

    Another thing I would do is a simple slurring exercise going from partial to partial (the highest partial I would go to is the 3rd, middle C). I would make different patterns going from partial to partial then add fingerings.

    So this is what I basically have so far. Sometimes I would do this for hours on end. While watching TV I would play some and just any other free time I would be playing this little warmup routine.

    I posted here hoping I could get advice on other things I could add to my warmup (and comments on my current warmup) to enhance it and my playing ability.

    Thanks,
    BHS Trumpet
     
  2. keehun

    keehun Piano User

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    Hey

    So I'm in a similar situation where I really neglect warmups. I have secured a teacher for myself this summer (I just graduated from highschool) who has been taught by Gary Radke and he is going to get me straightened out to a strong routine.

    You should secure a teacher in your area who is really good (probably a local university) and take lessons there!

    If you share the approximate region where you live, I could look up other Gary Radke's students who I trust very much after having worked with Gary for 30 minutes at ITG... He's insanely genius (literally in the genius-status), even if he's not the greatest player himself (which he'll freely admit to you).

    Well, my first advice would be to go find a teacher :)

    keehun
     
  3. Peter McNeill

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    Have a daily routine, a maintenance routine. This is not a warm up.

    For a warm up, a few chromatic runs, a scale to set your relative pitch and a few pedals is all I do. Lip slurs are great. Maybe a minute only. Breathing and relaxation then check tuning.

    My usual is a bottom C to High C up and down 4 times with a single breath. Then check Pedals (if I can hit my Pedals I know my flexibility is OK). If not I may repeat with low D to High D. Have a good daily routine then that is all I need for a warm up for the gig.
     
  4. s.coomer

    s.coomer Forte User

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    I agree with the earlier poster find a good teacher and develop a good solid warm-up and routine.
     
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    A good warm up is as little as possible, but as much as necessary.

    Basically, the more that you are playing in a day, the less requirement to get restarted the next.

    If you build a big dependency on a warm up, then you have to make sure that you ALWAYS get to gigs early (annoys the hell out of the colleagues - how often have I thought "why can't "x" practice at home"? When I get to gigs, there are things to clear up with the conductor, stage setup, music, lighting, dressing room. If I can't hear myself think - I look for someone next time that doesn't make their issue mine), or warm up with enough time at home.

    I consider it like getting up in the morning: shower, shave (oops, I forgot one). If I oversleep, I am still functional even if I only get one or 2 of the 3 Ss covered.
     
  6. tedh1951

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    I too find I have l developed very little need for a warm-up, I run through a couple of very quiet scales, for fingers and mind to align, and then just quietly buzz without disturbing anyone else's prep - I very much dislike having to think/communicate in someone's pre-gig 'practice session' - in fact I get quite cranky - my boys have even bought me a "Grumpy" tee shirt, so I guess it shows sometimes.
     
  7. tobylou8

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    I never had a regular warm-up and it frustrated me. I finally just decided on Walter Moeck's routine. It is pretty basic and in some ways similar to what most do. I just appreciated the structure and it has worked for me to this day. I don't rest as much now between exercises as when I started since I've gotten stronger. It even has a range builder as the last routine. I agree with Rowuk and Ted about warming up on site. It annoys others since it isn't very musical but mechanical. I have "solved" this by warming up on my way in my car using my mpc and a berp. Now I'm annoyed when the other player warms up on site. Guess it's "payback"! :lol::lol:
     

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