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About Piano Warm-up
#2897205 10/05/19 07:45 AM
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I don't know if this is obvious thing for people, but I have thought about warming up for piano practice and I think that warming up just for the sake of warming up isn't necessary.

As long as beginning of practice session doesn't have exercises where you need to exert yourself, you should be fine. Practicing itself is enough for warm-up.

Also starting practice without warmup exercies gives you practice for playing cold. Practicing playing cold can also be useful. When you need to play in student recitals, or maybe to your friends, or in some other occasion, you have limited chances for warm-up beforehand. Often you need to perform without proper warmup. Here practicing cold becomes useful.

My personal preference is to start practice by playing through a piece that you already know and isn't too difficult. This warms you up and gives you practice for playing cold.

TL;DR: Warming up just for sake of warming up isn't needed before practice. You should warm-up by practicing things that aren't strenuous.

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I do these stretches every morning before I play. I prefer to do this after I have taken my shower and my circulation is pumping after the nice warm/hot water. It takes me about three minutes and is worth it since I have had many hand issues over the years (Arthritis):



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It all depends. If you suffer from arthritis or carpal tunnel, it would definitely be of benefit to do warm-ups before practice. When I choose to warm-up first, I do feel I can get into my repertoire sooner, but I can also warm-up by playing easier things first.

Either one is acceptable I think, each person should decide what suits them best.


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Or you can use repertoire as warm up - some nice Bach, for example. That way you’re playing and warning up.


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Originally Posted by HwyStar
I do these stretches every morning before I play. I prefer to do this after I have taken my shower and my circulation is pumping after the nice warm/hot water. It takes me about three minutes and is worth it since I have had many hand issues over the years (Arthritis):

Interesting video; And in a sense he is saying a same thing that I was trying to convey: You can warm-up by playing anything that isn't strenuous. Of course if you have problems with hands one must be extra careful making sure hands are warm before trying to play anything harder.


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I don't believe in warming up, even when I was a runner I didn't warm up. Now if I had been an advanced runner, or was an advanced pianist I would consider it. The difference being that jumping into my standard of repertoire is like doing a gentle warm up anyway.


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I usually start my practice session from finger fitness exercises that are part of a current lesson anyway. If lesson has no finger fitness, then I just play starting very slow (with metronome), and gradually increase the spead. My sessions usually last 30-45 min.

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