Orchestra Rehearsal Warmups

15 Jun

Been thinking about how to do better orchestra warm-ups, more consistently.  When a warm-up is good, it’s real good.  It establishes a good mental state: focus and engagement for rehearsal.  But when it’s bad, it’s real bad.  Boring.  Repetitive.  Reinforcing of bad habits.   Actually, when I think about my own practicing, often it’s the technical challenge of a warm-up that draws me in.   Although, possible post hoc ergo propter hoc, the warm-up is always first.  Either way, it’s gotta be interesting and worth doing! 

Orchestra Director and clinician Michael Alexander has some ideas here.

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