Hello everyone. I am looking for some ideas on developing a good solid warmup routine. Just so we are clear, I have been at it 2 years now, and I am an OK player for having played that long I suppose. It is my aim to be the best player I can be, to have a local jazz group, and at least once in my life play in an orchestral setting, in a funk/R&B band, a big band, and lastly in a pit orchestra for some kind of play or musical. (Paid or not, I just want the experience) I want to be a solid player. I practice every single day, and my sessions last anywhere from 2-3 hours. I understand that we are all different, and that 1 size doesn't fit all, I am just looking for ideas on how to organize my practice. Firstly, I have a couple of questions:
Should scales be part of my warmup if I haven't learned all the major and minor scales yet?
How do ya'll break up your routine, by minutes? Days of the week? etc...
My chops respond differently every day it seems, is it normal to need to adjust your warmup everyday until they feel responsive?
Here is my current warmup routine:
Pedal Tones (An exercise that takes about 15 minutes, I find this helps wake things up for me)
Whisper soft long tones going down chromatically from G in the staff to F# takes about 15 mins
Chromatic lipslurs starting with g in the staff and going down, then C in the staff and going down, then E, then G takes about 10 mins
That's what I do every day. After this I start working on learning the music for the community band I'm in, or work on improv, or sight reading. I've just started yesterday incorporating Clarke Studies to develop better finger flexibility, but as it hasn't yet been a part of my everyday routine, I didn't want to include it yet. I want to systematically approach this because it's easier for me to progress if I have a clear idea of what each exercise achieves, and if they are organized. I appreciate any and all comments and/or criticisms you may have. Thanks again and take care!