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Hey there, just wondering on how you are supposed to warm up when playing the piano. Do you simply play scales or some hanon/czerny or is there another method of warming up properly?

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I don't know whether it's "proper" or not but scales and some Hanon seems to work for me.


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Maybe I should rephrase that to ''effective''. :P

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Originally Posted by Respighi
Maybe I should rephrase that to ''effective''. :P

Sorry, I wasn't picking on your choice of words. I should perhaps have said "I don't know whether it's as effective as it might be" as, like you, I'm curious if there's a better method.

I usually play a few arpeggios and octaves after scales and Hanon but not always. I also tend to ease into playing/practicing so nothing too hard, too soon.


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I 'warm up' by playing Mozart's K545 first movement, getting faster as I go along and my fingers loosen up grin. Plenty of scales and arpeggios in that for both hands, and far more interesting than Hanon exercises etc. I usually then add on thirds, sixths etc.


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Occasionally, it's scales and arpeggios. But most times, I use lieder or opera repertoire - under tempo (sometimes way under tempo, heh), and a bit dynamically flat, to start. I'll choose 3 songs/arias and stay with those as warmup material for a week or so, then change selections for the next week..etc,....

It's a great way to keep parts of that rep under my fingers, and it keeps me from frantically "working" on a lot of things when I get a call to accompany a singer somewhere.....

If Jazz is my focus for a practice session, then I'll take a solo line or phrase lifted from a recording and run it through all 12 keys - with chords in LH -as a warmup.

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'Warm up' for playing/performing? Or for practicing?

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Originally Posted by Respighi
Hey there, just wondering on how you are supposed to warm up when playing the piano. Do you simply play scales or some hanon/czerny or is there another method of warming up properly?


Respigi,
Great question!

Classical Warm Up
When I was younger and played primarily classical music

1.I would stretch first.

2.Then I would warm up w/ slow scales just to get the blood flowing and the muscles and joints warmed up. This was probably for about 5 minutes.

3. After that I did a mix of scales, arpeggios, Hanon exercises, and Czerny etudes.

4. From there I would proceed into practicing my pieces

Jazz Warm Up
Now, since I perform jazz as my main style I have a completely different warm up routine using a 3 tier system.

Rather than reposting it here and irritating all the other forum members you can check it out here if you like.

http://www.freejazzlessons.com/jazz-piano-technique/


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The only "warm-up" I've done for years now is the Dmajor prelude from WTC I. There are times when I'll run through some arpeggios, but not often.



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I warm up on difficult sections in the pieces I'm working on/playing. For example, last year when I learnt Haydn's last piano sonata, I made exercises out of all the runs and that way, I was warmed up on the piece and my scales! smile


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