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Just wondering what pieces of music, or exercises you use as warmup when you begin a practice session, rehearsal, or performance. Often I run through a few of the Wolfhardt etudes, playing them slow the first time around and then much faster the second time around. Other times I might run through the scales or play some arpeggios, slowly at first then faster and faster until I feel comfortable warmed up. As far as music pieces go I often play Mozart's Symphony 40 Mvt. 1 as a warmup. I play it at a slow tempo the first time round then repeat at a fast tempo. Of course I don't always play the entire movement as a warmup. Often just play a part of it slow then play the whole thing at a faster tempo.
I tend to warm up first with intervals: seconds up and down, then thirds, and so on up through octaves (if that makes any sense). Then I'll run scales in various keys. Sometimes I'll run through various modes, especially the minor ones.
Fairly often during warmup, I'll get an idea for a tune and go off chasing it for a few minutes.
I usually warm up with a few min of open string bowing, then some slow work with easy intervals against the metronome (both of which are things that are darn hard to mess up on), then whatever technique I'm currently working on for a few min. Then I take a break, and I'm ready to work on some songs/pieces.
What pieces or songs varies, since I rotate through my "repertoire". It is whatever is next on the list.
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
One way I warm up is by tuning the strings. My pegs don't fit and slide in the scroll box that well so tuning can take a while to do.
My way of tuning involves playing the strings with long and slow bow strokes a la 'son file' as I adjust the pegs. This is a good warm up for both legato and double stop bowing.
For the left hand, I play scales and Wohlfahrt etudes.
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