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Favorite "Warmup" music.
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October 7, 2013 - 1:39 pm
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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.

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October 7, 2013 - 4:13 pm
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Mostly scales.



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October 7, 2013 - 6:00 pm
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I mostly run through scales. Low to high, high to low > then try them on 2nd position, and so on. Then move on to a blues thing I am hammering out and then on to some other songs.

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October 7, 2013 - 9:47 pm
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I always start out with scales.  I play them listening to scales on my IPod, then I play them with no iPod.  After that I move on to whatever songs I'm working on at the time.

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October 8, 2013 - 12:23 pm
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Twinkle variations, Schradieck and Wohlfahrt etudes.

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October 8, 2013 - 4:09 pm
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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.

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October 20, 2013 - 9:03 pm
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sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline I just start playing with no warm up.. is that bad???

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October 20, 2013 - 9:10 pm
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coolpinkone said I just start playing with no warm up.. is that bad???

> I would say no. Just playing is all that matters. >  If ya want it, need it , just got to, got to > have it.

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October 21, 2013 - 2:31 am
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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.

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October 22, 2013 - 10:50 pm
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Sometimes, just playing is warming up. :-)
It's not so much that it is bad as that it is better to do it differently Toni. I am very guilty of not warming up as often and long as I should though I can tell the difference when I do warm up. I automatically play more relaxed, more in tune, and easier afterwards.

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October 27, 2013 - 12:09 pm
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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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