From your first experience with the piano, you have been told over and over again that you have to exercise proper warmups with exercises and scales before you can even think about starting proper piano practice. This is sort of taken as gospel truth, especially by the bulk of piano teachers out there, and it is hammered into the brains of every pupil.

Might you wonder if you really need to do this? Despite the fact that warming up to an extent can be very helpful, you might not want to do it. However, it can come in quite handy, especially if you are coming in from the cold, and you literally need to warm up your fingers for practice and performance, which some scales can help with.

What’s more, you would be quite foolish if you feel you can just plop down in front of a piano and immediately break into a very fast and difficult piece without doing any kind of warming up beforehand. At the same time, if you don’t do scales, what can you do instead to prepare yourself for this particular type of exercise? What will ready your fingers for this kind of exercise? More crucially than any of that, what can mentally prepare you for the task at hand?

Alternative Piano Practice Warmup Tips

Let us say that you don’t have a whole lot of scales or broken chords in that piano music you wish to play. Instead, you have some strange rhythms to conquer, or great octave leaps and hand coordination issues you want to overcome. If this is the case, you might want to look into customizing your own warm up for that specific song, so your hands are prepared for whatever challenges the song might throw your way.

One more strategy you can try is warming up your piano practice with a fairly easy song that will not be difficult for you to play right away; this can be a fun, far from tedious method of getting your body and concentration ready for the harder song you want to play. Your playing will become more confident, and you can pump yourself up for this piece. After all, scales are not why you chose to play the piano – it was music, making it and playing it.

Here are some nice tips for warming up your body before even touching the piano keys:

Don’t forget, exercises and scales still have their place!

This is not to say that you cannot find any merit with exercises and scales whatsoever – they absolutely serve a vital purpose to any pianist. At the same time, they can come dangerously close to ruining the fun for you, and reducing piano playing to a chore, something you are forcing yourself to do. Find smart, entertaining ways to incorporate broken chords and scales into your practicing.