Warm Up Routine

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  1. Annie

    Annie Piano User

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    Has anyone else out there developed their own warm up routine that covers all the basics - chops, fingers, breath, sense of time, sense of rhythm, tongueing, range...and on? Just curious what everyone else is up to in the Practice Room.

    Oh, and I love the little title at the top : " Hello Annie,
    It appears that you have not posted in several weeks. We hope to hear from you soon! "

    Let's just say I've been in the practice room...
     
  2. RG111

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    Here's my daily routine:
    1- Hood mouthpiece routines
    2- Stamp book
    3- Bai Lin flexibility book ( or Colin, Irons, Schlossberg)
    4- Clarke studies ( or Gekker )
    That is fairly set for me. After that first session, its on to etudes, solos, etc.
    Roy Grifin
     
  3. trpt2345

    trpt2345 Mezzo Forte User

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    1) I wake up.
    2) At some point I put the horn on my face and play. I don't really believe in a regular warm up. The are things I generally work on most days, Clarke and flexibilities and so on. I also try to have a period of time where I just play randomly and see where that takes me, see what I can think of. The other day it was chromatic minor seventh arpeggios that in some weird way found its way into a couple solos in the last few weeks.

    Michael McLaughlin

    He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
    Friedrich Nietzsche
     
  4. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    My "warm up" is a couple of long tones and some slurs. That is not my daily routine however.
    I use my "warm up" just to let me know how tough the rest of the day will be. A warm up to me has nothing to do with "preparing" my chops for what is coming up next. That is why I practice daily. The warm up is there to psychologically prepare myself. As psychology scares me, I keep this part very short!
    Think about it, if you are convinced that you need 30-40 minutes to get going - and you don't get that time, what happens? You are convinced that you can't give your best and very often you won't - not because you can't - but because you think that you can't.
    Less experienced, or irregular players do have benefits by having a start up routine that is longer because the long term "habits" have not yet sunk in.
     
  5. Eclipsehornplayer

    Eclipsehornplayer Forte User

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    Open case; select horn; Play!

    I usually just blow a C Major scale and get after it. No other warmup at all.
     
  6. michael shanks

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    I usally play the chromatic scale or a minor scale have any opinon on how to make my chops to last longer
     
  7. averagejoe

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    AMEN. Warm-up is merely getting my brain and body synchronized for the purpose of playing the horn. Do a few deep-breathing exercises, then play few notes, touching on range extremes...then after that, I'm practicing, not warming up.

    In an extreme case of this, a guy I used to work with was always running out of chops. After a period of time, I addressed it with him out of concern (he had wonderful technique and range otherwise). What I learned shocked me. He was doing this massive, taxing 1.5 hour "warm-up" every morning! He had convinced himself that he wasn't properly prepared for the rest of the day until he went through it. No wonder he was always beat-up. I got him to re-think "warm-up" versus "daily technical routines," and the light bulb lit up over his head. He adjusted his routine as a result -- spreading out his technical exercises through the day instead of all in one shot. Endurance was not an issue after that.

    Paul Poovey
     
  8. rowuk

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    Your chops are with you until you die! You don't need them after that - although transplants could maybe give me somebody elses BETTER chops........

    There is only one route to better endurance: prepare properly. Get to know your part inside out - actually study your part - even without the horn. Practice diligently and do not beat yourself up on concert day. The rest is just a mirror of what you have invested!
     
  9. Annie

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    Sweet! Thanks for the replies. Yeah, my 'warm-up' is mainly technical exercises, but it really gets me going, and I play better on the days I use my system.
     
  10. RG111

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    Routines are not just for younger players., as someone suggested. I have played for over fifty years, twenty of which as a member of the US Marine Band in DC, and, before that, ten seasons in an orchestra. I still play at least three hours each and every day, and I do my earlier suggested routine daily. It has been the basis for any playing success I might have. I won't drop names, but I know some pretty heavy hitters that do similar routines.
    Good luck with your playing, Annie! Enjoy!!!
    Sincerely,
    Roy Griffin
     

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