Warm Ups...


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Don't know if this has been covered before, and i apologise if it has!

What do you all include in your warm up routines? Do you have 'set' routines or is it just a few long notes and then launch into playing (like me :oops: !)

I don't really have one, but as my stamina could do with improving, I thought that developing one may help. I'm always conscious of playing too much too soon and tiring my lips before I start playing properly!

Any advice on the matter would be gratefully received!

TuTuKu X


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ahhh, tutuku, how much more have to learn you have.

there has been a topic like this before, but a lot of people have joined since then!

here's the link

it has been updated a few times, and includes iggmeister's first post, and a classic kiss of death by the music man ;) !


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Thank you!!!

In my defence i am only 17 and my teacher has never really focussed on warm ups. I'll have a lookie and see what i can come up with.


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it wasn't an attack!

but generally my philosophy is that you have to look at the general practice picture, and realise that warming up is not a lot of use if you don't use your practise to push yourself (and hence make your performance during band a place where you've already done the practise, and just need to remember what you've already done).


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I developed a warm-up routine when I was at college. On those days that were so full that I did not even have time to practice, at least I could squeeze in my 10min warm-up routine.

1. LONG NOTES beginning on middle G, and down diatonically to bottom G. (All my warm-up was done at mf, and never went higher than a top G).

2. LIP SLURS Starting on middle G - the following sequence: G upto C downto G upto E downto C upto G downto E downto C downto G downto C. Then follow this chromatically down to all 3 valves (or seventh position).

3. SINGLE TONGUEING a) beginning on middle G, down diatonically to bottom G, the following rhythm on each note: 2 crotchets 4 quavers 8 semiquavers 1 minim.
b) befinning on middle G, up diatonically to top G, the following rhythm on each note: 4 semiquavers 1 quaver 1 quaver rest (twice) followed by 12 semiquavers 1 quaver 1 quaver rest.

4. HUFFING beginning on bottom G, a running scale up to top G, (if you need to know what a running scale is, ask me). NO TOUNGE completely fill lungs, (and I mean completely, so that the tummy expands), and produce notes using tummy muscles). (It took me about six months to develop/master this technique, but ALL my playing technique became considerably enhanced as a result - tone, flexibility, dynamic range etc etc).

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