No warm up

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  1. Starkly

    Starkly New Friend

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    I seem to be having an odd problem recently.

    Usually warming up helped me but I could still play decently without it in some respects (I always warmed up despite this; don't freak out). Lately, I can't get above a top-line F, have to use excessive air, and I feel that there is much more deliberation, if you will, in the note coming out (if it can at all).

    Some days after warming up, I overcome this and play normally. Some days, even after warming up I seem to be stuck with the problem and play just terribly.

    I realize the internet's not the best place to ask this, but my teacher's still in PA from ITG.

    My warmup consists of: chromatics, scales, arpeggios, clarke 2 slurred, tongued, double tongued. Note that this is my warm up...I do exercises on top of this such as lip slurs and Stamp, but that's usually later.
     
  2. mattiasc

    mattiasc Piano User

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    I never warm up. I conditioned myself to put the horn to my face and play. Maybe something changed in your routine.??

    Grz.
     
  3. Starkly

    Starkly New Friend

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    I feel like that is where I want to head to. Right now I literally need two whole minutes (even at a concert or something) before I can comfortably play something difficult.

    How did you move towards there? Just start warming up less time each few weeks or something like that?
     
  4. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to TM, Starkly!

    Wait for your teacher to get back. That way you can be heard and viewed live and in 3-D with surround sound. Anything we can do here is just speculation.
     
  5. barliman2001

    barliman2001 Fortissimo User

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    As usual, VB has found a nail with a head, and hit it thereupon.
     
  6. mattiasc

    mattiasc Piano User

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    I really never had a warmup routine.

    Grz.
     
  7. Dr.Mark

    Dr.Mark Mezzo Forte User

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    Hi Starkly,
    I have to agree with VB and wait for your teacher to get back. However, there is something you can do that might take care of the problem. Clean the horn real good and be sure to clean out the mouthpiece. A dirty mouthpiece can play havoc on a person's range, endurance and sound.
    Dr.Mark
     
  8. Dr.Mark

    Dr.Mark Mezzo Forte User

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    As for warming up. Many things are at play when a person does this. Warming up gets the ears, the body, the lips, and the brain ready. My warmup is fairly simple. l'll play part of a song and then set the horn down for about 5 minutes. Then when I pick up the horn the second time, I'm ready. If a person can operate without a warmup that's great. I however need to kickstart the machine before I start.
    Dr.Mark
     
  9. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    I often play without a preceding warmup if you mean immediately before I sit down. I am MUCH more comfortable, however, if I played some earlier. I like to play for 45 minutes to an hour, another 30 to 45 minutes, then later play the gig. My confidence is high that way, I have all the pitches centered in my head (don't have perfect pitch) and I subsequently play more relaxed. What is important is whatever works for you.
     
  10. tobylou8

    tobylou8 Utimate User

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    +1 on waiting for your teacher for a face to face. I wanted a more regimented warm up routine when I started back years ago. I landed on Walter Moecks routine and have stuck with it to this day. Most players want/do a warmup but depending on your own development too much warm up can affect your playing. One poster a few years ago warmed up a minimum of 45 minutes. That's not a warm up but a practice session!!! BTW, Moecks was my practice routine for awhile when I first started.;-)
     

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