Warm Up Time: Up, Up, Up… Down….

January 31, 2008 at 12:33 am | Posted in Teaching Tips: Warm ups | Leave a comment
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Usually when I do this warm up I have my guitar, but not always. If you are a guitar player, simply pick a guitar chord and slowly slide it up the next as you say, “Up, up, up, up!” Start from a crouching position, and slowly stand up to your tipoes. Ask the kids to do the same, start in a crouching position and as they chant “up, up” with you they should slowly stand up eventually reaching up as high as they can. When everybody is as tall as possible say, “Down!” and everybody should fall back to the crouching position.

No Guitar? No Problem!

If you don’t have a guitar, simply clap your hands, or shake a tambourine, or anything else fun to get the kids moving. While you are clapping, start the “up,up” chant until you are clapping your hands high above your head. If you clap, the kids probably will too, so you can clap in rhythm with the chant.

I usually use this warm up after I do the “Getting Faster” warm up. Have Fun!

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