Warm Up Techniques From Local Musicians – Building Your Routine

There are so many ways to warm up on different instruments, and each players methods are unique. It can be hard to develop your own warm up routine, and we get it. So, below we’ve compiled a list of different warm up routines/methods from local musicians, just for you.

Brass Instruments

  • Randy Ouellette, Trumpet Performance and a Brass Instructor:
    • Breathing and stretching exercises
    • Mouthpiece buzzing and air movement exercises
    • Long tones
    • Flexibility Exercises
    • Scales and range studies

Woodwind Instruments

  • Justin Fisher, Saxophone Performer
    • Body stretching exercises
    • Begin blowing hot air through the instrument to warm it up, then long tones
    • Slowly beginner to move my fingers, get faster bit by bit
    • Trying multiple reeds to make sure that they have good sound and are not ready to be thrown out
    • My whole warm-up takes about 10 minutes

Percussion Instruments

  • Edward (Ed) McPherson, Drum Instructor and Performer
    • Allow your arms and wrists to go limp and shake them out.
    • Stretch out your fingers and arms. I like to hold my arms out perpendicular to my body and spread my fingers so my hand is open flat, fingers pointed to the sky.
    • Slowly make a fist with each hand and then spread your fingers again. Do this several times.
    • Keep your arms straight and gently pull the fingers of each hand back towards your body without overextending them.
    • Get your sticks and give your practice pad or snare drum a few good whacks with each hand. If you are at a drum kit, do the same for every drum and also with your feet. Focus on being as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
    • Now take any exercises or rudiments you’ve been working on, and play them at a slow tempo with both your hands and your feet. It’s more important for you to be relaxed than for the exercise to sound particularly good. (Note: Incorporate unison notes between the feet and the hands into this step. This is important because it will feel different on every kit, and will change even if you set up your own kit slightly differently than you’re used to.)
    • Now you can just mess around for a minute or two, and you should be good to go.
    • It is worth mentioning that the longer it’s been since you’ve played, the longer it will take to warm up.
    • Stay loose, and have a good time!

 

Casio Town

We are ecstatic about the variety of Casio Keyboards we have in store right now! Let’s take a look at all the wonderful options.

The Casiotone CT-S200

These cool little keyboards are great beginner keyboards. With over 400

tones and 77 rhythms, as well as a Dance Music Mode that offers 50 additional rhythms, this keyboard is versatile! Plus, it has a super cool handle built into the keyboard, and it’s so lightweight that you’ll want to carry it around (plus, it has the option to function on batteries alone!). This keyboard comes in red (pictured) as well as black.

Casio’s CT-s300

This keyboard is the step up from the CT-S200. With all the same great tones and rhythms, as well as portability. The CT-S300 model comes with velocity-sensitive keys, to take the next step in realistic playing.

 

Casio’s CT-X700

 

This 61-key portable arranging station is perfect for someone just getting into making

music. With 600 tones, 100 arpeggiators, 195 auto-accompaniment rhythms, and 161 songs, this keyboard is ready to jam. Don’t forget about the recording abilities on board, or the easy MIDI connection for getting your wonderful music into your computer.

Casio’s CDP-S150

This stage piano is a wonderful step in the world of electronic pianos.

With weighted keys and velocity-sensitive electronics, this feels like a real piano. No sounding like a telephone or anything crazy like that, just realistic piano tones (including a harpsichord, a grand piano, and an electronic piano).  This piano also features Duet Mode, which is excellent for lessons or practicing with friends.

 

Come on by to check out the wonderful selection of keyboards we have. For any questions, feel free to give us a call at (603) 356-3562. We hope to see you soon!

 

Holiday Hours

With the Holidays coming closer, we wanted to remind you of our holiday hours.

  • December 21st – 23rd; 10am – 5pm
  • December 24th; 10am – 2pm
  • December 25th; CLOSED
  • December 26th; 10am – 5pm
  • December 27th; CLOSED
  • December 28th – 30th; 10am – 5pm
  • December 31st; CLOSED
  • January 1st; CLOSED

We hope to see you around soon! If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (603) 356- 3562.