Favorite warm up etude or scale book, etc?
Mine is Schradieck Book 1 No. 1.
I have Simon Fischer's Warming Up book and maybe I should start that.
Anywho, I'm looking to change it up.
I like Ysaye's Scale "Book", as it starts with nice bow arm warm up exercises. In just a few pages, you will probably be ready to start practicing anything else.
I've been looking at Dont Op. 37, no. 1 as a warm up lately. Kinda like Schradieck with some additional elements going on.
+1 for Ysaye
I like to choose something different each time. I can't start with something like Schradieck No. 1 or Dont Op. 37 No. 1 because the notes are too fast and my forearm will lock up. I need to actually warm up before doing something like that.
30 pushups. My arms get very warm.
My habit has become to begin a practice session with Mazas. I pick from the book according to my mood. Mostly I prefer those that aim at smoothness and legato such as no. 8, 24, 32, 38, 40, 48.
I can't do Schradieck effectively first thing in a session, especially if it's 6 am.
Great responses, thanks everyone!
I happen to be a Sevcik guy, only because I was introduced to it first. But the principles are largely similar to Schradieck; I do a measure or two a day from the first five numbers of Op. 1 Bk. 1. I also do a bit of Carl Flesch Urstudien (very useful if pressed for time) and parts of Dounis Op. 12, The Artist’s Technique, and if I’m feeling courageous that day, a measure or two of his Op. 15, The Absolute Independence of the Fingers.
Paganini Caprice #5 played very slowly and with a hypercritical ear for intonation, shifting, articulation, and string crossings. Also, any scale (both major and minor) from Elisabeth Gilels' Daily Exercises for the Violinist.
I like to use Bach Cello Suite No. 1 to warm up (on viola). For me it's a more relaxed warm-up than scales or etudes because it doesn't put my mind in drill mode.
Selections from the Dounis collection that focus on finger independence and stretch, vertical/horizontal finger action, and bow control.
Don't worry, there's always the other half.
I am not using any book for warm-up and scales now. In the past I used Sevcik Op. 1 part 3, first half of the book, which is similar to the Yost Scale and Arpeggio book. I never liked the Flesch book and gave away my copy years ago. A comprehensive version that is out of print is Leon Fontaine, Scale and Arpeggio Manual. Now I do the three-octave scales and arpeggios from memory with this personal system; Start in first position. Start the third octave with the first finger on the E string, with 4 different fingerings for the top octave of the scale. For finger independence and velocity all I need is the "taps and lifts" exercise, upper and lower grace-notes at the whole- and half-step. A printed version of that can be found in one of the Doflein books.
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