Before gigs, rehearsals, and practice sessions, I'm always looking for a quick way to warm up my hands and get them ready to play. This example warm-up is what I use when I'm looking to maximize my time.
While you can play this warm-up with a metronome at the tempo of your choosing, 120 BPM makes this almost exactly 3 minutes. (I've also included a fun backing track to play along with at the bottom of this article.)
This short exercise routine fits in physical muscle warm-ups, mental warm-ups, double stroke and multiple bounce rolls, paradiddles and flams.
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The rational behind each section is as follows.
After finishing this 3 minute workout, I recommend that you spend about 2 minutes stretching. I typically stretch from the shoulders, to fore arms, to wrists, then each finger.
With this warm up, I'm ready to play any percussion instrument in only 5 minutes!
While you can play this warm-up with or without a metronome by itself,
below is a fun track at 120 BPM that fits perfectly with this 3 minute warm up.
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Updates from music educator and composer, Matthew Curley.