Warming up

A warm-up is simply that – the time at the beginning of your session when you bring your muscles to optimum temperature, which I’m told is 102-103 degrees fareinheit. It is also a good time to relax, tune in, and work on body awareness. The main purpose is to increase efficiency and prevent injury.

You don’t have to over-do it; 15-20 minutes should be enough. Don’t feel like you have to do 2 hours of scales, arpeggios and etudes before you are worthy of working on repertoire. It might be better to work on rep while your mind is fresh and do technical work later when you notice your attention is wandering. The reason for technical work is to make tomorrow’s practice better.

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