A Short Bibliography of Resources for Beginning Horn Players

In a previous post on horn syllabi I mentioned that one item often included on a college-level horn syllabus is a bibliography of resources.  These lists usually include a number of “must-haves,” as well as several other optional publications.  One project I have been working on is compiling a bibliography of resources directed at beginning players and their private teachers or band directors.  There are numerous lists like this available out there, and the list included below simply represents some of my favorite resources. This list is certainly not complete, but it is a good start.   The bibliography is divided into several categories which I think are especially crucial for beginning players.  If you have some favorite resources that you like to use or recommend for younger players, please feel free to comment.

Playing Position and Posture

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

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

Hill, Douglas. Collected Thoughts on Teaching and Learning, Creativity and Horn Performance. Miami: Warner Bros. 2001.

Hill, Douglas, French Horn Basics. Eau Claire, WI: Really Good Music, 2010.

Hill, Douglas. French Horn Fundamentals. Eau Claire, WI: Really Good Music, 2010.

(Three-Quarter Size Horns)

http://www.holton-horns.com/frenchhorns/product.php?model=H-651M

http://www.ricco-kuehn.de/en/instruments/single_horns/w113.html

(Horn Support Stick)

http://www.paxman.co.uk/

http://www.ergobrass.com/cor/eng/eng_cor_etusivu.html

(Holding Strap/Left Hand Support)

http://store.osmun.com/browse.cfm/horn-holding-strap/4,93.html

Breathing

The following texts contain excellent information on breathing as well as detailed breathing exercises.

Farkas, Philip.  The Art of Brass Playing. Rochester, NY: Wind Music, Inc. 1962.

Hill, Douglas.  Warm-ups and Maintenance Sessions for the Horn Player. Eau Claire, WI: Really Good Music, 2004.

Pilafian, Sam and Patrick Sheridan.  The Breathing Gym. Fort Wayne, IN: Focus on Excellence, 2002. (Includes DVD and 32 page guide)

Reynolds, Verne.  The Horn Handbook. Portland, OR: Amadeus Press, 1997.

Embouchure

Clevenger, Dale. “Basics for Beginning Horn Students.” The Instrumentalist 51, no. 8 (March 1997): 34, 36, 38, 40, 42.

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

Farkas, Philip.  The Art of Brass Playing. Rochester, NY: Wind Music, Inc. 1962.

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

Hill, Douglas. Collected Thoughts on Teaching and Learning, Creativity and Horn Performance. Miami: Warner Bros. 2001.

Hill, Douglas, French Horn Basics. Eau Claire, WI: Really Good Music, 2010.

Hill, Douglas. French Horn Fundamentals. Eau Claire, WI: Really Good Music, 2010.

Robinson, William C. “The Beginning Horn Embouchure-Pitfalls, Problems, and Progress.” The Instrumentalist 22, no. 4 (Nov. 1967): 68.

Mouthpiece Placement

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

Farkas, Philip.  The Art of Brass Playing. Rochester, NY: Wind Music, Inc. 1962.

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

Hill, Douglas. Collected Thoughts on Teaching and Learning, Creativity and Horn Performance. Miami: Warner Bros. 2001.

Matlick, Eldon.  “Solving Horn Mysteries.” The Instrumentalist 48, no. 9 (April 1994): 34-49.

Perrini, Nicholas. “Basics for Beginning French Horn Students.” The Instrumentalist 24,  no. 7 (Feb. 1970): 64.

Wilken, David. “Brass Resources” on Wilktone.com http://www.wilktone.com/?page_id=696

Right Hand Position

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

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

Hill, Douglas. Collected Thoughts on Teaching and Learning, Creativity and Horn Performance. Miami: Warner Bros. 2001.

Hill, Douglas, French Horn Basics. Eau Claire, WI: Really Good Music, 2010.

Hill, Douglas. French Horn Fundamentals. Eau Claire, WI: Really Good Music, 2010.

Smith, Christopher M.Misunderstood Basics of Horn Playing Among Even Advanced Students.”  The Instrumentalist 56, no. 8 (March 2002): 36, 38-40.

Tone Quality

Numerous solo recordings available on amazon.com, ITunes, etc.

Ericson, John. “Striving for Tone,” Horn Articles Online. http://www.public.asu.edu/~jqerics/Striving%20for%20Tone%202003.pdf

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

Farkas, Philip.  The Art of Brass Playing. Rochester, NY: Wind Music, Inc. 1962.

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

Hill, Douglas. Collected Thoughts on Teaching and Learning, Creativity and Horn Performance. Miami: Warner Bros. 2001.

Hill, Douglas, French Horn Basics. Eau Claire, WI: Really Good Music, 2010.

Hill, Douglas. French Horn Fundamentals. Eau Claire, WI: Really Good Music, 2010.

Matlick, Eldon. “Teaching Horn Tone.” The Instrumentalist 42, no. 10 (May 1988): 40.

Braces

(Brace Guards)

http://www.dentakit.com/brgulippr.html

(Mouthpieces)

http://www.hornmouthpiece.com/

http://www.osmun.com (for specific information on the Neill Sanders rim, follow this link http://store.osmun.com/browse.cfm/osmun-neill-sanders-rim/4,2218.html)

(Articles)

Laudermilch, Kenneth. “Coping with Braces on Brass Students.” The Instrumentalist 48, no. 4 (November 1993): 46-53.

Ericson, John.  “Suggested Horns, Mouthpieces, and Mutes.” Horn Articles Online. http://www.public.asu.edu/~jqerics/sug_hnmp.htm

Morehead, Twanette. “Dentures, Braces, Overlays, and Brass.” The Instrumentalist 36, no. 8 (Mar. 1982): 38.

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