Healthy Piano Playing

The Roskell Warm-up Sequence

A 5-minute warm-up routine

Most pianists agree that it is important to warm up before playing, but those who do regular warm-ups tend to differ greatly in their views on what an effective warm-up might be. Some place their hands in warm water, others play scales or other exercises and some do more general physical stretches or gymnastic exercises. Doctors who specialise in helping musicians with injuries agree that to avoid injury, it is vital to bring a full supply of blood to the muscles before playing. It is not advisable to start practising any fast scales or studies if the...

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