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    I'm just curious if other people have their "go to warmup song" they use or if it's just me. I've been playing a mash up of Whiskey Before Breakfast and St. Anne's Reel as my main warm up song(s) for a bit since they provide a good combination of a variety of skills (chords, hammer on / pull off, sliding, etc).

    Anyone else have a go to warmup tune or two? If so which song and why?
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    Probably just because of my background in classical guitar, but I always warm up with some Bach.

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    After some tuning and noodling, I like to play President Garfields and President Grant’s hornpipes to warm up with. Both tunes are in Bb and if I play them in 1st position, my left hand gets a good stretch and all four fingers get a good workout.
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    I have used this little ditty for a million years. I like to play it as written, and then to play it as a hornpipe, and try other rhythmic abuse.
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    In addition, I have recently added a Wohlfahrt study, #3. I don't yet have it memorized, so I usually use this when warming up for a practice at home.

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    Muddy Waters's "I Can't Be Satisfied" or "Alabama Jubilee." I've just played them a lot and they come fairly easily, though I can always use the practice. They loosen up my fingers without too much effort.
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    Red-Haired Boy, key of A. No particular reason other than years of habituation.
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    Home Sweet Home for me. But I also like Whiskey Before Breakfast and St. Anne's Reel.

    Beautiful melodies, can involve all four pairs of strings, lots of room for improvisation, sound nice in every tempo.

    Many tunes in D share these characteristics, so yeah, D is my favourite warm-up-key, thanks for asking

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    I play St Anne's / Fischer' Hornpipe / Whiskey in that order. Someday I will try Whiskey before Breakfast. Literally! I'll occasionally sip a bourbon in the evening, but I've never tried it first thing in morning. Alas, that might lead to Farewell to Whiskey!
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    Mine is "Angeline the Baker". I guess because it's the first song I learned on the mandolin......
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    Liberty in D major seems to arrive at my finger tips, recently at least.
    That’s a tune, and Eyes on the Prize, Bruce Springsteen version, is a song I often begin without having to think about it first.



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    Lately it’s been Kelly the Boy from Killane. I like the melody and playing around with it rhythmically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbruno View Post
    ... and why?
    I prefer exercises for warm up, for this reason; I don't want to turn a tune into a warm up exercise. I mean, if and when I am playing that particular tune in a jam, or open mic, or a concert, I don't want it to sound to mechanical, like an exercise, and more like, "here is a tune you might like".

    I don't know if it is a real thing or not, because I have been using that first exercise I posted as a warm up for many many (many) years.
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    Used to be Old Joe Clark, but I've switched so it is usually Angeline the Baker now. Just songs that I learned to play and like to play.

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    I like to do some Mike Marshall Finger Busters, right and left hand for starters. He's got some playalong ones on ArtistWorks that I currently like, because I like playing along. After that, a song or two that I can do pretty well; Arkansas Traveller is one. Or maybe it will be some of Jim Bevan's student center MandoScales - Sexatonic Zigzag is a cool one that I like, or another one is Scales First Position. Then after that, whatever I'm working on.

    I am working on Liberty on my mandola, so that one runs through my head, alot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    ...I don't want it to sound to mechanical, like an exercise, and more like, "here is a tune you might like"...
    I agree about the mechanical issue. For me I think this arrives when I flatten the rhythm out, no emphasis and no rubato, and with good timing. Funnily enough I think timing issues can actually make a piece sound less mechanical, more like a human.

    I just remembered too that the songs I like to warm up with are usually very slow (difficult) and relaxed with a lot of feeling, 2/4, 4/4 (or 7/8) and heavy rhythm -blues, gospel type songs.

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    It'd be "Dancing Eyes", a great Sean Ryan jig - I usually start with some scales and some warm up exercises from one of Enda Scahill's books, and then launch into this jig - for me it's a great warm up as there's trebles, triplets and a few wee chords in it - here 'tis on my tenor guitar:

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    If that's you just warming up Jill, I want to hear you when you are fully charged! Lovely bit of playing there.
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    Bonapart's Retreat and or St. Anne's Reel. Why? It's an automatic thing. Or an idiomatic thing. Anyway, it gets my fingers moving.

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    It changes. Often it's whatever tune I'm working on. One that's been maybe memorized, but not that comfortable yet. Right now it's Snigelschottis. Other times it's a Quebec tune. Also changes depending on mood and what am trying to accomplish with the instrument.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jill McAuley View Post
    It'd be "Dancing Eyes", a great Sean Ryan jig - I usually start with some scales and some warm up exercises from one of Enda Scahill's books, and then launch into this jig - for me it's a great warm up as there's trebles, triplets and a few wee chords in it - here 'tis on my tenor guitar:

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    Sometimes I do some blues noodling. Sometimes I flog Leon Fullerton's "Run for the Money."
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    Both Whiskey Before Breakfast and St Anne's Reel are tunes I naturally go to when I pick up my mandolin (and my guitar). Angeline the Baker is an interesting one - I've heard live recordings of Chris Thile and David Grier, and also Chris Thile and Bryan Sutton, where that's the tune they kick off with. Maybe it's a good loosener at any level

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    I play two jigs - Munster Bacon and Humours of Ennistymon. I love them both and they're also good left hand exercise

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