for Piccolo Players

Gudrun Hinze
Piccoloist of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Starting from a special pre-warm-up meditation, Gudrun will accompany you on a path that aims to make you aware of what are the most important aspects for an effective warm-up: its psychological and motivational part, the theoretical and the practical one, with the favorite exercises used by Gudrun herself.

What you will learn in this course:

  • A pre warm-up meditation
  • How to find the strongest motivation
  • How to activate the thymus gland
  • 3 exercises for the morning body wake-up
  • 4 of the Gudrun’s warm-up exercises

What you will learn in this course:

  • A pre warm-up meditation
  • How to find the strongest motivation
  • How to activate the thymus gland
  • 3 exercises for the morning body wake-up
  • 4 of the Gudrun’s warm-up exercises

Lessons of this course:

1. Meditation on wood
In this special warm-up, Gudrun Hinze accompanies us in a meditation which serves as a “greeting ceremony” for our wooden instrument.

What you will learn:

  • The two ideas behind this meditation
  • Which kinds of wood to use
  • Preparation
  • Meditation on wood
2. Motivation
In this lesson, Gudrun Hinze will give you practical tips for finding motivation to start the warm-up. She will also tell you about ambition, and how to use it in the most mature way. Finally, you will find out what is the strongest motivation to start your musical day.

What you will learn:

  • Why we need motivation
  • Motivation given by duty
  • Motivation given by ambition
  • The strongest motivation
3. Monday morning body wake-up
Discover with Gudrun how to start the week with the right energy, both mental and physical, through the warm-up exercises you will study in this lesson.

What you will learn:

  • Activation of the thymus gland
  • Exercise #1: the fan
  • Exercise #2: the rubber ball
  • Exercise #3: fall down
4. Gudrun’s favourites
In this lesson you will practice with the 4 exercises that Gudrun uses for his own warm-up.

What you will learn:

  • Exercise #1: activation of the chin muscles
  • Exercise #2: the “curvy zigzag exercise”
  • Exercise #3: the swing exercise
  • Exercise #4: the endings exercise
  • One last tip to make exercising more interesting

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All the lessons are subtitled in English

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is IPFA?
The International Piccolo Flute Academy is a streaming platform that allows you to access video lessons created by internationally renowned piccoloists, as well as further added services such as piccolo backing tracks and the possibility to ask specialist questions to Nicola Mazzanti.
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