More Warm-Ups and Routines for Horn

Earlier this year I posted a series on warm-ups and routines for the horn, which in turn was based on an article I was working on for The Horn Call. To continue with that series I thought I’d go ahead and post the full list of the twenty-two routines I looked at for the article (which should hopefully be appearing in the May, 2011 issue of  The Horn Call). I’ve included links for these publications, where available.  The list is by no means comprehensive, but I think it does give a good representation of the kind of materials available.  Please feel free to comment with other routines you have found useful for yourself or students, even if they are not currently in print.

Carmine Caruso, Musical Calisthenics for Brass, Almo/Irving Music, 1979. See also

Richard Deane, The Efficient Approach: Accelerated Development on the Horn, Atlanta Brass Society Press, 2009.

James Decker, The Master Class Series for Horn, Interactive Video Audition Systems International, 1990.

Louis Dufrasne, Dufrasne Routine edited by Thomas Bacon, Southern Music Company, 2005.

Eli Epstein, Power Warm-up for Horn, Self-Published, 1999.

John Ericson, Introducing the Horn: Essentials for New Hornists and their Teachers, Horn Notes Edition, 2007.

Philip Farkas, The Art of French Horn Playing, Summy-Birchard, 1956.

Douglas Hill, Warm-ups and Maintenance Sessions for the Horn Player, Really Good Music, LLC, 2001.

Michael Hoeltzel, Mastery of the French Horn: Technique and Musical Expression, Schott, 2006.

Ifor James, Warming Up, Editions Marc Reift, 1999.

Sam Pilafian and Patrick Sheridan, The Brass Gym: A Comprehensive Daily Workout for Brass Players edited for Horn by John Ericson, Focus on Music, LLC, 2007.

Max. P. Pottag, Daily Exercises for French Horn, Belwin Mills, 1941, 1969.

Verne Reynolds, The Horn Handbook, Amadeus Press, 1997. [out of print, try Amazon for a used copy]

Wendell Rider, Real World Horn Playing, Wendell Rider Publications, 2006.

Gunther Schuller, Horn Technique, Oxford University Press, 1962, 1992.

Joseph Singer, Embouchure Building for French Horn compiled and edited by Richard E. Ballou,
Belwin, 1956.

James Stamp, Warm-ups and Studies: Trumpet and Other Brass Instruments, Editions Bim, 1978, 1981, 1998, 2005.

Forrest Standley, Standley Routine for Horn in F edited by Gene Standley and H. Stephen Hager, Southern Music Company, 2002.

David B. Thompson, Daily Warm-up and Workout for Horn, Thompson Edition, 1994.

Barry Tuckwell, Playing the Horn: A Practical Guide, Oxford University Press, 1978. [out of print, try Amazon for a used copy]

Frøydis Ree Wekre, Thoughts on Playing the Horn Well, Norhornpress, 1994.

Milan Yancich, A Practical Guide to French Horn Playing, Wind Music, Inc., 1970.

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I did not see it in the list but I really like and usewith my students the Walter Moeck French Horn warm-ups.
It’s put out by C.L. Barnhouse Company and is still only $2.50. Can’t go wrong with that.


Two other texts I would add to the list are:

Progressive Studies in Flexibility and Range Development for French Horn by Fred W. Teuber (Medici Music Press)

Lip Flexibilities for all brass instruments by Bai Lin (Balquhidder Music)

The Teuber has been a great resource to supplement students trying to figure out what they want/need in their routine. I find myself coming back to this text more than any other single resource for my personal needs.

Keep up the great blogging! MH


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