Warm-Up

Discussion in 'Music Theory, Lessons & Techniques' started by koma, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. koma

    koma SS.org Regular

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    How do you guys warm up? I've noticed that it has a big impact on my playing when I'm working out my technique. I last longer (sounds like a viagra advertisement) and my forearms and fingers are more relaxed and yeah overall I got a better feeling.
    So I'm wondering, how much time do you spend warmin-up, u play scales, u start with ear-training, chord progressions, mechanics, ...
    Actually I'm trying to work out an "ideal" one hour per day-program, with a little jam and cd-beer-playing-along session @ the end.:metal:
     
  2. David

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    I usually improv in C Major scale around, wether it be hardcore shred, keeping a beat and improving some blues, or something just to get my fingers and flow going. I'll then skip around to D, or A Major and do the same thing. I warmup for about 5 minutes, then I'm all good to go.:yesway:
     
  3. Matthias Hornstein

    Matthias Hornstein SS.org Regular

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    Hi Koma,

    the most important thing to pay attention to while doing your warm-up is to FULLY engage your mind!

    Let me explain that to you:

    Whenever you start to warm up you need to get your fingers warm and smooth to play more accurate and faster. That is the part most players understand.

    But your Bain also needs to get engaged and here is why:

    If you don't engage your brain during the warm up you will "loose" a lot of precious practise time (YES you will loose the time to improve as a player, because playing a scale mindless up and down has absolutely NO benefit for your guitar playing!)

    So you will actually improve your guitar skills during the warm up and therefore make your guitar routine much more efficient when you start to engage your mind.

    How should you do that?

    It actually doesn't matter what you are playing as long as it is challanging for your BRAIN.

    For example play a scale you know but play a sequence of thirds instead of simply play the scale up and down.

    Once you are getting familiar with that adopt the idea to another scale or simply change the pattern. There are endlesspossibilitys to that.

    You will also get more creative and it is a lot of fun - right away even in the warm up

    Cheers,

    Matthias
     
  4. Mathemagician

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    About 5 minutes (time played not just sitting there) of chromatic exercises with a metronome.
     
  5. Tom Sklenar

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    It´s an interesting question. When I read it, I realize, that I never thought about it yet. This is great opportunity to think about it.
    I prepare myself mentally at first. It means that one hour (or so) before the whole practising I know that I will play and how long I will play (I usually set up exact practise time). In this time I begin to prepare myself, to concentrate and to think about what I will practise exactly.
    When my practise session begins, I start with some simple scales. I play them slowly and put emphasis on getting my fingers used to the touch with the strings. Sometimes I do not play scales, I only play separate tones with all fingers separately for the same reason - to get my fingers used to the touch with the string. It may sounds ridiculous, but it really helps me and it may take max.4 minutes (one minute each finger). Then I focus on what I will practise in this specific session and I begin to play the most difficult parts from it slowly and repeatedly.
    That´s my way to warm up.
     
  6. Element0s

    Element0s Low Fantasy/Black Denim

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    I stretch my wrists, forearms, shoulders and thumbs first. I have a couple picking and legato and sweep exercises I'll go through and I'll start at a relatively easy tempo and then go through them all again at a faster tempo. Before I do any of those, I'll do the "touch-test", which is play a note with the lightest touch which still gives me a decent tone. I find that if I do this before playing anything else, I'll have a good tactile reference for pressure and tension for the rest of the session.

    My biggest struggles as a player and as a human in general is consistency in doing the same motions with total repeatability) and memory, which I expect are linked. Focus can be an issue too. So much of my practice is devoted to trying to improve on those areas, although I have yet to make any sort of breakthrough.
     
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    I draw circles in the air using my wrists, stretch my hands and give myself a handshake so that I can get more bloodflow into my hands. Other than that, no exercises.
     
  8. Tech Wrath

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    It depends how I'm feeling but I generally do a long sweep/tapping run to warm up my left hand and get my fingers moving and I have an ascending/descending alternate picking thing I do (go up by minor 3rds with 2 notes per string and moving up 3 notes then back 2, all the way down and then the reverse) as well as maybe a few scale runs. Then after that I may or may not jam some string skipping riffs (usually warming up my right hand alternate picking already gets me ready to string skip. Same muscles just a wider motion)
     
  9. Mathemagician

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    Metronome and chromatic exercises. 3-10 minutes depending on how much time I have to play that day, but always at least 3 minutes (total played time).

    And do it slow. It helps warm you up to do it slow and correct versus fast and sloppy.
     
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    I just play what I'd normally play, but much slower.
     
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    Great stuff! A reminder I need to start stretching before playing! Never heard of the touch test before but it makes sense!
     
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    This thread is over 11 years old.

    Why did you start this up, Matthias?
     

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