Posts Tagged ‘warm-up’

A quick warm-up

December 10, 2008

Here’s a quick warm-up that Lawrence Hurst taught me at Indiana. Its great for working the bow arm and getting you to feel comfortable at the extremities of the bow.

We’ll do a scale again. Put the bow on the string at the frog as though you are going to play the first note down-bow, but instead play up-bow. You’ll only have the space to play a very short note, and you won’t have to use anything except your fingers to engage the string. While the first note is still ringing, move the bow to the tip as though you are going to play the second note up-bow, but instead play down-bow. Again, it’ll be just a short pop from the fingers.

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You are teaching yourself to gracefully move your arm between frog and tip, while also using the fingers to engage the note.

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Warming up

November 27, 2008

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.