The "ugliest" exercise I know comes from John Glasel for reducing pressure. Play, say a g in the staff and reduce the pressure until it sounds bad. Using that pressure do whatever it takes to make it sound "better."
I use 4 different books: Arban's (everyone needs this), the Brandt orchestral etudes (exercises, but with some musicality), the Clarke technical studies (harder exercises than Arban's and some challenging solos in the back), and the Schlossberg daily drills (flexibility and range).
I usually incorporate "moving long tones" in my practice routine. I find the concept appealing, especially the focus on the sound. There are several examples: some giving credit to Cichowicz, others in the same or similar form, or you can create your own. Major elements include focus on the sound, not overdoing, and alternating registers. Actual Cichowica studies are likely "public domain" since you can find them easily by goggle searching
...do you really need written notes for this? Or do you have problems with the very unusual and adventurous harmonic progression?
Only the first time you use them. Then they are fairly rote and committed to memory as they are maintained fingered patterns. No fancy change in harmonic progressions. They are what they are intended, just to get the blood flowing and muscular dexterity initiated to the lips.
Both flugelgirl and Dr.Go indicated they did lip flexibility exercises as a warm up. I am now wondering why I never tried doing them as a warmup for my afternoon ballad playing session. Well, it is on the table for this afternoon's session...two hours from now...☺
Looking forward to your review on how this works out for you!
I have been doing a 5 minute warmup routine of whole note long tones that always seemed to benefit my tone in the first pece of music I play, but the 5 minute flexibility I used yesterday did something that long tones never did. They eliminated a stiffness, especially with intervals, that I often encountered with my first or second song in my afternoon sessions. Now, maybe my chops were just in a better condition yesterday. I don't know. But I am going to warmup with flexibilities for the next couple of weeks to see how it goes.
Great to hear this! I really think the octave slur component of the Blee warm up exercise is what it takes to get the blood flowing through the lip muscles. Getting oxygen (and glucose) to highly toned muscles is key to optimizing muscle activity out of it's resting threshold.