If you’ve been following my column – and why shouldn’t you? – you’ll remember that last time we talked about the importance of warming up before you sit down to play. Well, things have been pretty busy lately with Robben Ford & the Blue Line, so I’m going to follow up on our last lesson by giving you some specific warm-up exercises that I have developed.
These ideas were inspired by some basic warm-ups that were shown to me by a percussionist who taught me in college, Ronnie Gould. I kind of made these up on long bus rides during my early touring years. In other words, I had a lot of time on my hands.
Tom Brechtlein has played with Chick Corea, Joe Farrell, Wayne Shorter, Al DiMeola, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Robben Ford & The Blue Line