There are a couple of things I’ve learned since I started playing the violin. One of those things is the importance of warming up. By “warming up,” I mean setting aside 5-10 minutes at the beginning of my practice session to fire up my brain and limber up my muscles. Today, I’m going to tell you why warming up is so important and how I warm up. (You can keep in mind that I’m writing this from a violinist’s perspective, but most of my points apply to other instruments too).