Dimoff's Warmups

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by darrenmccarthy, May 12, 2012.

  1. darrenmccarthy


    Jun 1, 2011
    I would be fascinated to hear what you cats thought of this.

    I found it online last week and have been really enjoying it. Especially 'Max's Magic'.

    Others I don't quite understand (2,6,9).
    Maybe someone could shed some light on these?

    Also I'd like to talk about some of the benefits of each individual exercise.

    I'm going to practice this stuff for a few hours everyday for a month. Then maybe customize or omit others.

  2. darrenmccarthy


    Jun 1, 2011
    Haha Here's the link

  3. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Cool stuff! I've seen variations of it in other books but it's nice to have it all in one spot. I have to get in shape for a couple of things over the next month. I'll try it as well. Thanks for sharing!
  4. darrenmccarthy


    Jun 1, 2011
    It's very cool, enjoy roy
  5. darrenmccarthy


    Jun 1, 2011
    How's it going Roy? I'm having a great time with it!
  6. This stuff is excellent, max's magic is really difficult, I'm playing it much slower than the suggested tempo, like quarter=80.
  7. darrenmccarthy


    Jun 1, 2011
    I've started using 'Max's Magic' as a relaxation exercise.

    My object being to concentrate on small movements, tuning, the actual notes your playing, breathing and also to keep my left hand as legato and relaxed as possible.

    I have been playing it slowly too but building up speed by 5bpm every couple of days.

    If you did these exercises everyday forever, you would be amazing. Let's do it!
  8. trkkazulu


    Apr 18, 2007
    Is there anywhere I might be able to find instruction/explanation for using the Dimoff warmups? For example, page two is especially cryptic. I’ve interpreted it a number of different ways; all have proven beneficial. I’m still curious about what “the correct” way of executing these warmups is.

  9. paulunger

    paulunger Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2002
    Fort Worth, Texas
    #2 - is the Flesch arpeggio exercise. It is a famous violin exercise. The basic pattern is that you play the arpeggio built on the I chord, then the minor i chord, then vi, IV, iv, i dim7, I7. In Flech then you would take it up a 4th and start the pattern again in the next key and continue through the Cycle of 4ths (5ths).
    First you do the pattern one octave on each individual string. Then you do it 3 octaves across the strings.
    In Max’s exercise, he adds the scale, broken 3rds and the chromatic scale.
    The Flesch exercises are great shifting exercises and great ear training.
    #6 - is just the one finger scale exercise from exercise #5 but done with the thumb starting at the heel (Rabbath 3rd position) instead of starting in 1st position.
    #9 - exercise to work on intonation and finger spacing in thumb position. You put your thumb on the D harmonic (Rabbath 5th position) and fingers 1, 2, 3 over the next three half steps and play the patterns +-3-2-3, +-3-1-3, +-2-1-2 and then move the whole hand down a half step and repeat the pattern.
    To learn this type of thumb position stuff I recommend getting “Simplified Higher Technique” by Franco Petracchi. This is an advanced book. There is a great introduction to Petracchis concepts called “Scaling The Heights” by West.
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  10. trkkazulu


    Apr 18, 2007
    Fantastic, thank you ever so much!