We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. An hour warm up may be very good for a fiddle player, who seems to be able to play endlessly, but may be ill-advised for a brass player or wind player in general , as they would be chewing though their stamina on the warm-up.
Better to practice earlier in the day and have a short warmup before a gig. Just want to correct you on the influence of temperature on pitch- a cold instrument will be flatter, and a hot instrument will be sharper.
This is due to the fact that the speed of sound increases with temperature. How are musicians like athletes? Shevliaskovic Codeswitcher Codeswitcher 3, 1 1 gold badge 13 13 silver badges 29 29 bronze badges. I went to a lecture by a hand doctor who played guitar, at a musicians' workshop. He made the same point about musicians being dumb, although not in so many words. He also said that the biggest thing musicians and athletes had in common was that they would repeatedly do an action that injured themselves, and then ask the doctor to patch them up so they could go back to doing the exact same thing.
I've been much better about paying attention to things that hurt me ever since, although really, I could do better. There might be a reversed survivorship bias going on here, since the majority of musicians the doctor meets likely will be the injured "stupid" ones. Good answer. BraddSzonye If this guy, who started out in sports medicine, never met the "dumb athletes" you posit out there, presumably it's because if you're working at the level that you need a referral to a sports medicine specialist usually your PCP -- or the emergency room!
Look: I know this hurts to hear, especially for those of use who are also geeks and pride ourselves on our IQs. But, yeah, athletes apparently, in the experience of an MD in a position to know, are smarter about this than we are.
I am one of those dumb athletes. Otherwise, strong answer. NReilingh NReilingh Caleb Hines Caleb Hines Plastic recorders also go out of tune due to temperature changes, but they warm up significantly faster than wooden ones. Conversely this also means they cool down a lot quicker. Basically you should be warming up your plastic recorders as well warm instruments also don't clog so easily, hurrah!
Warm up by playing music, cool down by stretching. Bradd Szonye Bradd Szonye 6, 8 8 gold badges 34 34 silver badges 71 71 bronze badges. Warming up the instrument Some instruments need to be in same temperature and moisture as the surroundings to stay in tune important for string instruments. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. Sign up using Facebook. Sign up using Email and Password. Post as a guest Name. Email Required, but never shown.
Featured on Meta. Hot Meta Posts: Allow for removal by moderators, and thoughts about future…. Goodbye, Prettify. Hello highlight. Swapping out our Syntax Highlighter. Should the Help Center be updated? Related Hot Network Questions. But when I went to Regional Choir, we always did something physical every day of the festival.
I felt that it improved on my tone and breath support personally. I am also a percussionist and I know from experience that if you cannot play it slow, you cannot play it fast. A lot of times I see that students always want to take it fast or rush the tempo and then toward the end, there is a wreck. Over time, I believe that this system would work. Thank you for this article. Hi Danielle — thanks for the supportive words.
The long-term benefits of holistic warm-ups will be challenging if not impossible for researchers to pin down too many variables. Nonetheless, such warm-ups are widely recommended by musicians, teachers, and arts medicine practitioners. So I encourage you to continue exploring creative, personally meaningful ways to warm up and connect with the boundless joy of making music.
Thank you for this lovely article. As an undergrad music education student, I look for ways to improve in my art, which I feel includes strategies for preparing for music-making. Your blog, however, shares my feelings about preparation for performing. The performer must be prepared as a whole, including the muscles, the lungs, the mindset, etc.
I especially enjoyed the bits about focusing on music, and your passion for it. Too often, I find that my colleagues and I lose sight of why we love music in the first place, since we tend to get bogged down with all the technicalities of our major. I would be interested to see the benefits of meaningful warm-ups like this over time, verses going without warm-ups or merely doing physical warm-ups. The Total Warm-Up by Gerald Klickstein Mar 15, creative process , injury prevention , music practice , voice care , wellness 6 comments.
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