Warm up before you start to play your violin lesson.  Athletes do it.  And playing the violin is just as much a physical activity.

You perform best when your body is prepared for the effort.  Stretch your hands, your arms, your shoulders and your neck.  Warming up makes the whole experience a lot more pleasant.

But how should you warm up?

The purpose is to make the hand more supple so that you can move your hand more quickly and easily contort your hand into positions that allow you to play double stops or accomplish some unusual or uncomfortable interval.

Scales and arpeggios are commonly used by musicians.  Start slowly and play more and more quickly.

But I know violinists that use two other methods.  If you have difficulty warming up, you might try one of these methods.

1.  Wear gloves.  I have known several violinists who use gloves after they have warmed up if there was more than a few minutes before they would be playing.  That way the heat they generated in their warm up was not lost.

2.  Warm water. This seems extreme, and it's not the way I would go, but I know of several violinists that soak their hands in warm water for up to ten minutes before they play the violin.  This seems to make sense.  The muscles are warmed up, and if the water is still a comfortable temperature the muscles will be relaxed.  I would caution you to be sure to dry the hands completely before you pick up your instrument! Wet hands are slippery hands, and violins don't bounce. We also like to keep violins dry for the instruments' sake.

But whatever you do, be sure to warm up your hands, wrists, arms and shoulders! 
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