You might have been told that warming up before you play is important. But has anyone ever taught you how?
Warming up is more than just noodling around on your instrument for a minute or playing fast, technical passages to impress those around you. Warming up prepares your muscles so you can practice or perform without injury.
I use a basic template when I warm up. It looks like this:
What you use for each step doesn't matter; it can be a scale you enjoy or an excerpt from your music. You can use the same thing for each step and vary the tempo and articulation, or you can choose something different each time.
If you're able, work through these four steps first using the lower range of the flute, then again in the high range. If you're short on time or just starting out on the flute, just do the lower-range warmup.
Here's a printable warmup sheet to keep on your music stand. Click the image to download, and have a great, injury-free practice session!