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 Wonderful Warm-ups
Author: Amy 
Date:   2001-11-15 21:10

Hi all,
I have been using the same warm-ups for a while (Baermann scales, etc... gotta love the Baermann!!) and was looking for something new. Not that I'm saying that Baermann is bad, I was just looking for something to shake things up a bit. So, what are your favorites? Challenges welcome!
Thank you,
Amy

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 RE: Wonderful Warm-ups
Author: HAT 
Date:   2001-11-15 23:02

First of all, good for you for practicing Baermann (I assume we're talking about Book 3, or Hite's FOUNDATION STUDIES, which is the Baermann book in a more logical sequence).

Here are some other books that will supplement your studies.
Rudolf Jettel: Klarinetten Schule, Book 2
Gaston Hamelin: Gammes et Excercises
Paul Jeanjean: Vade-Mecum
Robert Stark: Arpeggio Studies

None of these are what I would call 'fun.' They are just different from the Baermann in various ways. They will all help make you a better clarinetist.

Spend an hour or 90 minutes a day using any combination of the 5 books with a metronome and you will probably notice excellent results within 6 months.

Incedentally, don't set the tempos too fast!

David Hattner, NYC
www.northbranchrecords.com

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 RE: Wonderful Warm-ups
Author: Karel Vahala 
Date:   2001-11-16 01:45

I very much like Avrahm Galper's "Upbeat Scales and Arpeggios". Karel.

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 RE: Wonderful Warm-ups
Author: Hiroshi 
Date:   2001-11-16 04:38

Here is a very good article written by a trumpet player taught by late legendary Arnold Jacob.
http://www.bobreeves.com/articles/Cvejanovich.htm

As written in this article, it is not constructive to think ourselves we cannot get a good sound just after we start warm up. We should try to get a good sound even from the start.

Another impressive instruction is choosing a little song or a favorite tune before anything to let our body including lips know what they are now doing, music.
This was advised also by late Marcel Moyse. At first he plays his favorite tunes from opera arias. After one minute his tone became fine at his Master Class in Japan. If you glance into Hite URL about how Moennig barrel was developped between Ralph MacLane and Hans Moennig, you will find to test the barrel MaLane played Lullaby by Brahmas. I believe he played that song everyday before anything. For this purpose, I play at first Heinrich Baerman's adagio or an etude from Karl Baerman's etudes, before scale or arpeggio.

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 RE: Wonderful Warm-ups
Author: GBK 
Date:   2001-11-16 05:54

The great Pablo Casals once said something to the effect that playing Bach first thing in the morning kept him both "honest and humble".

Every day, when possible, I try to follow that same advice and play a Bach transcription. Any of the solo violin or solo cello works are wonderful in their ability to (at least for me) transport my thinking to a different level.

There are many sources for these. If you don't own the originals, you can find a good selection in the Voxman Classical Studies book (Rubank)

Hey...it worked for Casals....GBK

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 RE: Wonderful Warm-ups
Author: Larry Liberson 
Date:   2001-11-16 22:11

I'm certainly not going to contradict David -- but I guess I never thought of using Baermann, Jettel, etc. scales, per se, as 'warm-up' material (fully understanding that we all have our own rituals). For me, I sit down and PRACTICE scales (yeah, still) and I generally keep my in-depth scale work to a single key on a given day (after all, there's a whole lot more to work on....).

If you're looking for something that covers a lot in a quick and concentrated fashion you might consider looking at "The Essentials of Technical Dexterity" by William Stubbins. It has varied tonal (nope, I won't get into the long tone discussion! -- of course, Mr. Stubbins calls them 'flexibility studies!'), finger and articulation studies in all keys throughout the compass of the instrument. It can get you 'warmed-up' sufficiently, for sure.

But it certainly isn't a substitute for devoted scale practice!

Couple of side notes, Amy since I see you're at U of M:

1. William Stubbins was the professor of clarinet at U of M from the mid 1930's until his passing in 1975. I believe that he was the first instrumental teacher brought to Ann Arbor by William D. Revelli.

2. Come to the U-M Campus Symphony Orchestra concert next Tuesday night (8PM) at Hill. This is the top orchestra of those who are not in the School of Music. They are doing the Dvorak New World Symphony (which has several nice clarinet solos) and my daughter (an LS & A sophomore) will be featured as a soloist performing the first movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Campus SO!

I'll be the guy in the back with the video camera....  :)

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 RE: Wonderful Warm-ups
Author: Kristen Denny 
Date:   2001-11-17 04:52

Amy,

I have to agree with Larry. Baermann is something that I practice. I can't imagine using
it as a warm up.

To warm up for the day, I have recently began using "Clarinet Warm-Ups: Materials for
the Contemporary Clarinetist" by Kelly Burke for about a year now. It's much like a "buffet" of
warm up materials (even contains scale exercises). I choose different exercises each day to
maintain variety. She has several exercises in each section. I think any player would find this
book invaluable... no matter what level! Burke's book contains the following:

Pre-playing Warm-Ups (mental preparation, breathing, physical preparation)
Playing Warm-Ups (long tones, sound exercises, intonation, technical warm-ups, finger
exercises, basic finger motions, over the break, articulation, basic scale and chordal patterns,
chromatic patterns, intervals)
Expanding the Warm-Up (contemporary scale forms, multiple articulation, quarter tones,
multiphonics)
Performance Routine
Reference Materials

I believe I bought the book from Muncy Winds, but I can't recall the price. It was a typical
price one would expect of a technique or method book.

Kelly Burke is on staff at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG).

Good Luck!

Kristen Denny
GTA: Clarinet, UNL

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 RE: Wonderful Warm-ups
Author: HAT 
Date:   2001-11-17 14:18

Just for the record, scale practice IS my warm up. Has been since I was in school.

I don't use books any more, I have worked out a rountine of scales and arpeggios (toungued and slurred) which lasts about 50 minutes which I do every day.It goes through all major and minor keys. It is so complete that it is all I have to do on any given day if I don't have anything else to practice.

Of course I use a metronome.

When I used books I would do only one major and minor every day through every permutation. This is also excellent.

It is frankly amazing to me the difference between the way I sound at the beginning of the 'warm up' and the end.

On days when I have an early rehearsal and can't practice before I leave home, I try to get in an abreviated version on the job, 5-10 minutes or so. It does help.

In any case, what Mr. Liberson said about devoted scale practice. . I agree!

David Hattner, NYC
www.northbranchrecords.com

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 RE: Wonderful Warm-ups
Author: Dennis 
Date:   2001-11-20 13:13

warmups or exercises.........either way, the book is different........has anyone heard of (or perhaps forgotton) :
Emile Stievenard -- Practical Study of the Scales
It may still be available through Schirmer

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 RE: Wonderful Warm-ups
Author: Hiroshi 
Date:   2001-11-21 00:57

I read somewhere that pros spend about 45 minutes at minimum for warm-ups. Is this true? My practice may be all warm-ups.

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 RE: Wonderful Warm-ups
Author: Kristen Denny 
Date:   2001-11-26 05:18

In reply to Hiroshi's previous comment:

I'm a grad student... not a pro. I try to get in about 3 hours of practicing each day (or more
if possible), and 45 min. to an hour of that time is used for "warming up"... For me, this
includes long tones, articulation warm-ups, finger drills, and scales (a lot of these from the
Burke book I mentioned before). Once I've done my daily "warm-up", the next practice session
or rehearsal that I have-- I still feel warmed up and ready to go. I also try to break up my
practicing throughout the day. This seems to help with concentration (i.e. 3 one-hour sessions
instead of 1 three-hour session).

Have fun!

Kristen Denny
GTA: Clarinet, UNL

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 RE: Wonderful Warm-ups
Author: michele zukovsky 
Date:   2019-03-10 10:45

does anyone have that fantastic book of william stubbins with the great warm-ups?
or would they know where to buy it?

thanks,

michele zukovsky

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