The Importance of a Good Saxophone Warm-up Routine
How you practice is more important than what you practice or how hard you're working during your practice sessions. You can literally spend hours practicing only to find that you were practicing incorrectly, drilling in something that will end up taking you hours to unlearn. How you practice is more important than anything else and there's a science in how to get the most out of your time practicing your instrument.
Of all the most important things to progress as a saxophone player learning jazz improvisation in Los Angeles, I have found that the greatest thing that impedes my students' progress is the lack of a good practice routine. It's also important to realize that the warm-ups must change sometimes week to week in order to reflect the changes that are happening in your ability after each saxophone lesson.
Below is a compilation of many of the most important warm-up techniques that I've put together from all my various Burbank saxophone students. This came as a request by my students so that they would have a routine to follow.
DETAILED WARMUP PRACTICE ROUTINE It’s important to do this in a sequential process
Learning the violin can feel very overwhelming at first, and understandably so. It can take years for a violinist to feel confident and happy about their sound, shifting, and intonation. Then there’s vibrato and bow strokes, high positions, etc. When you’re starting out, it’s crucial to build your fundamentals so your technique continues to advance and you don’t have to go back and relearn basics, which is a very frustrating thing to do later on in life.
I’m very picky with my beginner students in Burbank and Los Angeles with posture. I make sure their left and right hands are always in the right position and they standing straight with no added tension. Once that’s mastered, I make sure they understand about arm levels. When you are playing on each of the strings, your left and right arms need to be at certain levels. If you don’t have your left arm on the right level, you will get tired fast and you will not have accurate intonation. With your right arm, you will hit other strings if it’s not positioned correctly.
I usually put tapes on the fingerboard for my Burbank and Los Angeles beginner students so they develop muscle memory for where their fingers go. With the bow hand, the next step is to teach them to practice in front of the mirror so they are watching where the bow is moving and making sure it stays parallel to the fingerboard and bridge and is always between the two. You don’t want to play too close to either of them or your sound will change drastically.
As you can tell from this blog, there are a lot of details to keep in mind when learning the violin. However, when you have a teacher who takes you step by step and teaches you how to practice, you will progress a lot quicker and it will feel so much easier to learn music. I hope this helped! If you have any questions about Los Angeles Music Teachers, please visit us at http://www.losangelesmusicteachers.com or call us at (818) 209-2620
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