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: 

There are no beats. There are no set rhythms. There are no set phrases.

I simply explore the flute’s range in the lower and middle registers, to get a tone I am happy with. I can play with tone colours and vibrato as I feel. It is about being at one with your tone.

Anyone can do this. If you have never relaxed into your flute playing before, I strongly recommend a putting a little bit of improv into your day 😀

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