Posted by Mary Ann on June 30, 2003 at 10:19:52:
In Reply to: Essential for Daily Practice posted by Scott on June 30, 2003 at 09:43:42:
It depends on what your strengths and weaknesses are. For me, it's essential that I do a warmup to loosen my chops for the low range; the high range is just "there" for me on call. I also need to do articulation exercises to loosen up the tongueing; legato is much easier, so I don't have to spend much time on it. I don't do a huge warmup and technical run-through like someone would who was intensely practicing for a degree, though. I only need to get going those things that I will need in the routine playing that I do (brass quintet, brass band, lately some intermediate level solos.)
Like you said, it depends on what you need to work on and what skills require more work to get moving. I know quite a few amateurs who are thoroughly stuck because they only practice the things they are already good at.