Here’s the latest installment in my Kopprasch video project. It’s been a while since the last video, but I am hoping to pick things up in the next few months and record more frequently. The Cornopub edition suggests a tempo range of quarter note=72-112, and my tempo settled around quarter=88. As always, consider using some B-flat horn fingerings below the staff for better clarity.
Kopprasch Project continued, No. 37
September 2, 2012•Etudes, Practicing, Repertoire, Teaching, Technique
Just curious, does your horn stand in F or B-flat? I switched mine to stand in B-flat in November and I find that not having to keep my thumb pressed down all the time really frees up my fingers to do technical exercises like this. (Not to mention, it makes playing descant horn much less complicated.)
My horn stands in F, but I’ve heard about the benefits of having the horn stand in B-flat. Did it take you long to adjust to the switch?
It took two weeks for me, but I know someone that has a triple horn and it only took a day or two after switching it to stand in B-flat.
An interesting phenomenon to me is that playing on a B-flat/High F horn doesn’t feel that weird, even though it stands in B-flat. I suppose I’m used to engaging a thumb valve to access a shorter horn, and that feels less awkward than the opposite. That being said, I would be willing to give the double horn a try standing in B-flat, provided that I have enough time to get the fingerings under my belt.