Simple flute warm up with improvisation

flute warm upMost people warm up with scales or tone tones. I usually start with a little bit of improvisation to get the chops going.

Most classical musicians (myself included) can be a bit uptight when it comes to improvising. We are so used to seeing music on the page – music usually ordered with beats, bars and phrases – that we find it difficult to let go of the notation.

It is as if the notation is a security device. We need to set ourselves free.

Doing a little improv in our flute warm up is the perfect time to get the chops going before moving onto scales, long tones or pieces.

Here’s a little improv warm up I did today:  [Read more…]

Stretches for Flute Players and Wind Musicians

When I was studying flute at university, so many students had to take time off due to injury. I also had to take several months off playing once I had finished my final exams. This could have easily been avoided if we all knew how to look after our bodies better.

Musicians need to learn a few simple stretches so they can survive hours of practise, hours of rehearsals, and hours of performances.

I put together this short video with my super simple stretches for flute players and wind musicians. [Read more…]