Do you warm up before your practice sessions? How about before your lessons? Do you have any warm up tips you'd like to share?
Warm ups are important to avoid injury and to ease into your playing each day. Try warming up at the beginning of each practice session, and before each lesson!
A great place to start is with long tones. Try starting with the medium range of your instrument. For flute, I usually start at the A on the staff. I hold the note for at least 6 beats before moving chromatically up to the G on top of the staff, giving each note in between 6 beats of solid, beautiful tone. Then, I return to the A and go down to the low C. Once I finish with all of that, I start on the G on top of the staff and go to the C above the staff. To end the long tones, I go from that C, to the highest D.
What do you begin your practice with?