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Making music is the most effective warm up :)
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Back to our regularly scheduled program…… My face and chops determine my warm-up. If I’m playing consecutive nights then my warm up is short and pretty relaxed. It doesn’t take much to warm up a race car in between heats. On the other hand if I’m really cold from playing I will warm up hours before the show for about 15 minutes, nice and easy, then within a half hour of the start I will re-warm up and really stretch out the muscles this time. During the sound check is a good time for me to do this, a couple good burnouts if ya know what I mean. It reminds the sound guy to compress my horn mic so I don’t peak out the board : ) Oh YEAH !!!
Oh...and the other thing to remember is not to OVER warm up! Don't develop an hour long warm routine, or try to do 15 minutes worth of warmups in 5 minutes.
When I was at Berklee, I heard Phil Wilson telling another faculty member a story:
The trombone player from the band Chicago (Pankow?) had called Phil with a problem. He had recently started tightening up his playing and practice regimen after kind of
drifting for a few years. He had been reading about the importance (to some) of using a good warm up routine. Since then, he had been warming up, practicing his method stuff,
and doing all of this normal playing with Chicago and whatever else he did. He had noticed though that he was getting tired very quickly (his embouchure) and that no matter how much
and how diligently he practiced, he couldn't seem to shake this weak chops thing.
After talking to him for a few minutes and asking questions, it came out that Pankow was doing an hour long warmup with little rest. Phil suggested to him that this may be the problem and
that if he had an hour to warmup, fine, he should try doing 1/2 of his current 1 hour warmup in the same time....
Two weeks later the phone rings and Pankow's all smiles...apparantly this adjustment fixed him right up.
By the way... Bigtny's advice is right on and cuts to the chase of the points I was trying to make... It's very personal and veriable... and if you listen to what your body is telling you... as to where it is currently in time... and coordinate this to where you want your body to go... then this should guide your warm up well.
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