How do you warm up on the classical guitar? How do you get your practice session off to a great start? There is no one-size-fits-all approach, but it’s important to be intentional about your warm-up.
Just as an athlete needs to warm up to make sure his body and mind are ready for intense activity, a musician needs to warm up to prepare mentally and physically for the demands of a practice session.
Warming up is not the same as working on the limits of your technique and pushing your speed.
Instead, it is about reviewing the fundamentals, reconnecting with the instrument, and feeling comfortable diving into the more intense work of practice.
Though the warm-up can include scales, arpeggios, and slurs, you need to work through these techniques slowly to warm up. Later in your practice session, you can supercharge your speed.
As you seek to design a warm-up that works for you, consider including several of the following elements: