Basic Winds Warm Up

Basic Winds Warm Up

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The following exercises are to be used as a daily warm-up and technique series for marching and/or concert band. I have designed these exercises so that both woodwinds and brass players will be able to get an effective warm up in a concentrated amount of time. All these exercises are also written so that they can be played on the move either doing a box drill or a circle drill exercise.


• Exercise A, C, G, H, and I are all written with 12 count phrases. So, box or circle drill sets can either be play and move for 8 hold 4 for the rest, or continuous 12 count phrases.


• B, D-F, I, and J are all written with standard 8 count phrases so they should be sets of 8 for each phrase.


• Exercises D-F can be split up woodwinds/brass for more concentrated technique work during rehearsal. But they are designed so that the full wind section can play together, and it will all fit. I wanted to write an exercise that did not simply have the woodwinds playing unison with brass on lip slurs as I feel their time was better spent working on run style figures instead of simply slurred interval passages.


• After playing through J I would recommend playing through at least the scales that you have within your show or concert. This is a great way to get your students focused on the tonalities they will be playing during their show or concert.


• K and L are a chord progression and chorale set. This is a great listening exercise and a good opportunity to talk some theory with your students. The chord progression is the same for both exercises so the students can focus on listening to the chords in K, then work on hearing those same chords through exercise L. You could also take a chord progression from your show or a concert piece that your students need to work on and use that in place of K and L. That would be a very effective way for your students to practice a real example that they have in their own music.


You should be sure that each student has tuned their instrument before playing through exercise K and L to ensure the best intonation. I generally had my students play through all the previous exercises before fine tuning with a tuner so that they would first warm up their embouchures and instruments to make tuning more efficient and effective.


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  • Long Tone Chord I
  • Long Tone Chord II
  • Interval Study
  • Lip Slur/Runs I
  • Lip Slur/Runs II
  • Lip Slur/Runs III
  • Staccato Study
  • Tenuto/Legato Study
  • Accent Study
  • Fast Fingers
  • Chord Progression
  • Chorale