New Resource: Kopprasch Guide, Tips and Suggestions for the Op. 6 Studies

Over the last few days I’ve gone through all of my posts related to the Kopprasch Project, and compiled them into a single document. As I wanted to focus only on tips and suggestions for the etudes themselves, the original posts have been edited for content. A link to a YouTube video of each study is included as well. Teachers and students should feel free to edit and/or amend my¬†comments as necessary. They are only suggestions. Enjoy!

You can download the guide here, Kopprasch Guide: Tips and Suggestions for the Op. 6 Studies, and also on the Resources page.

Kopprasch Project continued, No. 53

The relatively few lyrical studies in Kopprasch’s Op. 6 collection are among my favorites. Not only do they provide some much needed variety, but they also force me to work on elements of my playing which can go unnoticed in the faster, more technical studies. Suggested tempo markings in my edition are quarter=54-66, and I prefer this one on the slower side, maybe even quarter=52. To my ear that keeps the turns and 32nd notes from sounding rushed. Another thing to try is practicing the arpeggios with the corresponding tonic drones to ensure that each note is centered and in tune. I “splee-ahed” the sfz in measure 9 a bit, but I was happy enough with the rest of this particular take to keep it. One technical note is that the microphone gain was set a little too high, so there is some distortion in a few places. Will fix that on No. 54.

Kopprasch Project Continued, No. 47

This installment in the Kopprasch Project is another challenging study in mid/low range flexibility. These types of etudes really work out the range around my break, which is an area where I can use the practice! The time signature used in my edition is 12/16, with a suggested tempo of dotted-eighth=76-92. The more familiar Gumpert/Frehse edition uses 2/4 in the time signature, so a suggested tempo range there would be quarter=76-92. Finding the right tempo took a little of bit of experimenting; too fast and the low register skips became less clean, too slow and making the phrases in one breath became an issue. Eventually I settled around dotted-eighth (or quarter)=88. One practice tip is to slur slowly through this etude, breathing wherever necessary, just to find the centers of each note.

Video Page Update, Part 2

This week I once again updated the video page on this site to include links to all of my current Kopprasch videos. Hopefully the table format will make it easier to find a particular study. In looking back through all thirty-nine of the etudes to find the links, it was quite interesting to notice the equipment changes (mouthpiece and horn), wardrobe variation (sometimes dressy, sometimes quite casual), and hair length (too long vs. too short). More importantly, though, this chart makes it clear how much of the project is complete, and how much remains. Though I’ve recorded nearly two-thirds of Op. 6, I don’t anticipate completing the project anytime soon – certainly not this academic year. With various performances and other projects in the works this year I realistically don’t expect to be able to record a large amount of Kopprasch, especially given the greater difficulty of the remaining studies. I’m fine with this, and actually really like the idea of having a long-term project out there. I’ll keep working on and recording them as I can, and posting updates here.

Other new additions to the video page include a short tutorial on stopped horn as well as some links to recent performances. If you have time, feel free to stop in and check out a few.

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