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Coming Soon from Mountain Peak Music: Solo Duet Training for Horns

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October 23, 2014

In my Semester Preview, I mentioned a new book project for Mountain Peak Music. Work on the publication has been going well, with an anticipated release in 2015. The title is Solo Duet Training for Horns, and it will consist of duo adaptations of several standard solo works for the horn. David Vining, owner of… Read More ›

Friday Review: New E-Books for Horn

As noted earlier this year, I have a backlog of new publications, recordings, and other items that I’m slowly working through in my review series. This week we’ll look at three electronic publications related to teaching the horn, I Like to Practice Scales, by Ricardo Matosinhos, Introducing the Horn, 2nd ed., by John Ericson, and A Mello Catechism, 2nd… Read More ›

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Kopprasch Project “The Final Five” No. 60

No. 60 is a very interesting study, and a bit different from the other fifty-nine in Kopprasch’s Op. 6 collection. It can be practiced quite slowly – which makes for a good single tonguing exercise – or when practiced at faster tempos (quarter note=60 +) it is a great workout for multiple tonguing. However you approach… Read More ›

Kopprasch Project “The Final Five” No. 57

Number 57 is an arpeggiated study in staccato articulations, and it is deceptively difficult. Maintaining a centered tone and ringing staccato throughout this etude was a particular challenge for me. The tempo can range from quarter note = 108 – 160, as printed in my edition. Slurring the entire thing is helpful, as is practicing… Read More ›

Should I Warm Up on the F or B-flat Side of the Horn?

This is a question  I have seen come up in online forums several times, and it is inevitably followed by a debate about which side of the horn is best to use in a warm-up (or in general). Here’s a quick recap of the major benefits to using each side. There are certainly more good… Read More ›

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Friday Review: Blow Your OWN Horn! by Fergus McWilliam

For this week’s review we’ll take a closer look at Blow Your OWN Horn!, by Fergus McWilliam. Mr. McWilliam is probably best known for his work with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he has been a member of their famed horn section since 1985. In addition, he is an internationally recognized clinician and teacher. Subtitled as “horn heresies”… Read More ›

Kopprasch Project continued, No. 55

Here’s another installment of Kopprasch for your post-Thanksgiving enjoyment! Like a handful of other studies in this collection, No. 55 is slow and lyrical, but with greater demands in flexibility and range. Suggested tempo range is eighth-note=72-80, although anything faster than eighth=76 seemed a little too frantic for me. A light, quick single tongue works… Read More ›

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Public Service Announcement: Private Lesson Scams

Every semester I receive at least a few phishing emails – scams masquerading as legitimate requests to set up private lessons. Although the details of each email scam vary a bit, they all go something like this: Re: Private lessons for my daughter Hi, I want some private lessons for my daughter,Mary. Mary is a… Read More ›

Louisiana Music Educators Association Clinic Preview

In a few weeks, my colleagues and I will be presenting a clinic at the 2013 Louisiana Music Educators Association State Conference in Baton Rouge. The topic of our clinic is chamber music for brass, and is intended to be a guide for music educators who wish to start or develop a brass chamber music… Read More ›

Video: Lip Trill and Range Development Exercise by Douglas Hill

Here’s a short video demonstration of a great exercise for working on lip trills and range development. The exercise can be found in two publications by Douglas Hill, Warm-ups and Maintenance Sessions for the Horn Player, and High Range for the Horn Player. Both books are highly recommended, and I have used them regularly for… Read More ›

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