Flute Warmups

Beginners

I recommend that you keep a daily log of your practice routines. Be sure to specify what you practice and how long you practice your warm up, scales, etc. As a beginner, your daily practice time should equal the time of each of your lessons.

Warm Up Exercises

Start your practice session with a warm up every time. Warm ups are long tones. As a beginner, it is a good idea to use a tuner to make sure you are playing every note in tune. If you have a metronome, set your metronome on quarter note = 60 so that you can keep track of the length of your notes. If you don’t have a metronome, hold out every note in your range for as long as you can.

A good range for a beginner would be a two octave range from low D to high D. You might find a fingering chart helpful for this exercise. If you need a fingering chart, I highly recommend

Foundations F/Sup Perf Fingering & Trill Chart-Flute - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com Foundations F/Sup Perf Fingering & Trill Chart-Flute By Richard Williams. Edited by Jeff King. (Program-Technic Books). Band Method. Method. Level: Book A,1. Music Book. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company. (W33FL)
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I suggest starting on a comfortable note like middle F and working down chromatically (i.e. half steps) to low D, then jump directly to high D and work your way back down chromatically to middle F.

There are several books available that will walk you through a good warm up routine. Here are a few books you may want to try:

AMA Flute 2000 - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com AMA Flute 2000 By Robert Winn. For Flute. Method. AMA Verlag. All Styles. Level: Beginning. Book/CD Set. Size 9×12. 88 pages. Published by AMA Verlag. (610209E)
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Practice Book For The Flute: Book 1 Tone By Trevor Wye. 44 pages. Published by Novello. (N0V120510)
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Foundations For Superior Performance, Flute By Jeff King. Edited by Richard Williams. (Program-Technic Books). Band Method. Method. Level: Book A,1. Music Book. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company. (W32FL)
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