Is there a certain order you should warm up on?

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Is there a certain order you should warm up on?

Post by Mandera3 »

I am always hearing people say you would warm up doing long tones and scales and arpeggios and tounging exercises etc. but I was wondering if there was a certain order you should do these in.

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Post by piccolo1991 »

Personally, I usually start with long tones. I like to make sure I have the sound I want before going on to other things. Then, as far as all the others go...scales, arpeggios, articulation...I practice the Taffenel and Gaubert 17 daily studies. I alternate articulations and on some studies even rhythm. I don't do all of them every day...I think I would go crazy. I rotate them thru.

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Post by smurph »

I warm up using long tones, then I run through my scales and arpeggios, then I go through whichever etude I happen to be in Berbiguer, and then I do the same with whichever Anderson etude I happen to be in. I then work through my solos that my flute teacher has given me to work on for either that week or for my upcoming college auditions. It helps a lot to work on your long tones. I really sucked my freshman year in high school, and that next summer I got a flute teacher who showed me the light so to speak with long tones and how to warm up. I now talk flute, am crazy into band, and I am going to double major in General Music/Music Ed. Hopes this helps your warmups.

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Post by MrBaz »

I warm up differently than a lot of my peers.
I don't even work with long tones. I start off playing notes (in a sort of short long tone fashion) in the lower/mid register. I then have a few memorized short tunes I'll play that stay in the lower-mid register range. Then I'll play some other tunes that blip into the upper register. I'll mix in a chromatic scale or two to get my fingers moving. Somewhere abouts in all of that I'll blast out some low notes.
This whole warm up allows my facial muscles to flex/contract throughout the full range of the register(upper=firmer, lower=relaxed, mid=sweet spot). After that I'll probably just blow air through my lips and have them flap around so they make a sound like a horse. That usually loosens them up if I feel them getting too tense.

It may be unconventional, but I'm all about unconventional and it works for me.
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