Wake Up and Warm Up

Exploring Flute Warmups

with James Brinkmann

Ease into your flute day with an online guided warmup class. Each class focuses on a different topic and encourages you to approach playing with curiosity, awareness, and self-compassion.

Join the Wake Up and Warm Up community as we explore how to be kinder and gentler to ourselves as we start a new day of playing.
Contact me if you would like to host a warm-up workshop for your studio. Topics include:
Creating your own warm-up
Gradual and Grateful
Designing warms around music
Power of the headjoint
Think Outside the Tube
Tone
Flexibility
Articulation
Technique
Vibrato
Soft Playing
Intonation
Classes will resume again during the winter.
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WHAT flutists SAY

"By the end of his warm-up class, I sounded like I do on my ‘good’ days of playing.”

- Lizabeth

FAQs
Who is this appropriate for?
These warmups are great for college students, woodwind doublers, adult amateurs, and professionals.
What can I expect from this class?
I will give instructions and then set a timer for all of us to play on our own. Then, I'll bring us back together and explain the next part of the warmup. The last 10-15 minutes of class will be open to questions.
Do I have to go to all of them?
Nope, you are welcome to come to one, multiple, or all of them! This is meant to be a resource to give you new ideas or help you back into playing if it has been hard to play because of a long break, COVID-19, burnout, or any other reason.
Will anyone hear me play?
Nope! After I share the exercise, I will have everyone mute their sound and we will warm up in the privacy of our rooms. When the time for an exercise is up, I will bring everyone back together.
What should I wear?
Come in whatever comfortable for you in the morning. I might wear a robe, comfy hoody, workout pants, or fleece pajamas. It depends on the day.
Can I actually come to class completely cold?
Yes, I encourage it! It's a casual judgment-free space for you to have a guided warmup. 

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