Horn Books

Bluemel, C.P: Guide to Brass Musical Instrument Repair
"This book, by master repair technician, Chris Bluemel, covers repairs from basic simple repairs to professional repair work. It is a step-by-step guide to brass repair. Easy to read and designed for use the book while repairing brass instruments. Lots of photos and diagrams. Perfect for classroom repair as well as a guide individuals."
Northeastern Music Publication $44.95
Bourgue, D: Conversations About The Horn
Translator: Nancy Jordan Fako
International Music Diffusion $44.95
Burden, J: Horn Playing-A New Approach

(Special Order Edition by Novello Publishing)
Patersons Publications $28.95

Bushouse, D; Practical Hints on playing the French Horn

(in collaboration with James D. Ployhar)

...designed to answer the many important question raised by the beginning musician as well as the more advanced students
Warner Bros. Publications
Clark, L: I Used To Play Horn

An Innovative Method for Adults Returning to Play with Piano Accompaniment and Data/MP3 CD

I Used to Play is a new series for adults looking to get back into playing their instruments of yesteryear, and will help jumpstart their memory and comfort with music. Its #1 goal is to get people re-acquainted with their instrument(s) by not only reviewing theory and technique with etudes, but also providing them with types of music they want to play, like pop, jazz, and classical tunes. Each book contains a CD with audio MP3 files of complete performances of most songs, plus accompaniment-only play-along versions. The CD also contains printable PDFs of piano parts for practice or performance opportunities. It's just the push former players need to fall back in love with their instruments again!
Carl Fisher

Colson, J.F: Braces & Brass

A regimen of studies for use in regaining playing proficiency and control after the application or removal of orthodontic appliances (braces).

Contributing Editor: Ron Stoneback
RBC Publications
$ ask

Dixon, M: Tuning the Horn - Beginnings

Tutor Book including CD
"Comprehensive teaching resource book which provides a framework for learning to play the horn. It could also benefit those desiring to deepen their practical awareness of the harmonic series. This book focuses on the harmonic series that each valve produces, the pitch relationship between them and introduces subtleties of intonation that various fingerings provide ... and more"

Ericson, J: Playing High Horn: A Handbook for High Register Playing, Descant Horns, and Triple Horns

A great resource for advanced and advancing hornists, with an emphasis on the effective use of descant and triple horns. Includes exercises for range development, notes on equipment and fingerings, complete parts for the Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and B Minor Mass of Bach, Concertos by Telemann and Förster, the Symphony No. 31 and Divertimento a tre of Haydn, the Symphony No. 40 of Mozart, the Schumann Concertstück, excerpts from other works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Dvorak, Ravel, and Shostakovich, and much more. 116 pages

Horn Note Edition
$ ask

Ericson, J: Introducing the Horn: Essentials for New Hornists and Their Teachers

Covers in one volume the range of performance-related topics that are the most essential in giving a new hornist a good start. While primarily directed toward current and future instrumental music educators (the materials originally were compiled for use in methods classes for music education students), this publication is also a great resource book for beginners and for those converting to the horn. 22 pages.

Horn Note Edition
$ ask

Ericson, J: Playing the Wagner Tuba: A Handbook for Hornists

A complete, practical guide to the literature and performance techniques of the Wagner tuba. An ideal resource for the advanced student or young professional who needs to get up to speed quickly to perform Wagner tuba in a symphonic setting. Includes information on instruments and fingerings, complete parts (original notation and transposed) for Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 and excerpts from Götterdämmerung and Eine Alpensymphonie, and much more. 62 pages.

Horn Note Edition

Ericson, J: A Mello Catechism: A Guide to the World of Mellophones and Marching Horns

The Mellophone is widely used today in marching bands and drum corps, but it is an instrument with few published resources. A highly practical tome on all things mellophone, A Mello Catechism is directed primarily toward music educators and horn teachers with limited mellophone experience. This unique publication includes information in a question and answer format on mellophone history, mouthpiece choices, tone quality, intonation, coping with marching, and much more. 30 pages.

Horn Note Edition

Ericson, J: Ultimate Horn Technique

The result of a long quest for practical technical materials to develop Classic technique for modern horn students, Ultimate Horn Technique contains exercises from 19th-century masters Gallay, Meifred, Kling, Dauprat, Schantl, and Arban to develop finger technique, range, transposition, characteristic playing, and double and triple tonguing, with an appendix containing 38 exercises to develop intonation by Gumpert and Kling. 80 pages.

Horn Note Edition
$ ask

Ericson, J: Ultimate Low Horn

It is not a secret; every horn teacher knows that developing tone and facility in the low range is the key to everything for an advancing hornist. Ultimate Low Horn is the result of a long search for practical and effective materials for low range study by intermediate to advanced students, containing focused exercises by Bordogni, De Pre, and Gallay to develop low range facility and characteristic playing. 80 pages.

Horn Note Edition
$ ask
Farkas, P: A Photographic Study of 40 Virtuoso Horn Player's Embouchures.
Included in this study by Philip Farkas are life-size, highly detailed photographs of some of the great horn players' embouchures of the 20th century from all over the world. They show each embouchure in high, middle and low registers. A diagram at the side of each photo shows the direction of the air-column.
Wind Music $27.95
Farkas, P: The Art of Brass Playing
The Art of Brass playing is a treatise on the formation and use of the brass player's embouchure. It includes sections on the embouchure's function, mouthpiece placement, moist versus dry lips, the lip aperture, articulation, mouthpiece pressure and breath control. A must for all brass players, this includes photos of the embouchures of Adolph Herseth, Philip Farkas, Edward Kleinhammer, and Arnold Jacobs, among others. This book has become a standard in brass technique classes and at conservatories everywhere.
Wind Music $33.95
Farkas, P: The Art of French Horn Playing
A treatise on the problems and techniques of French Horn Playing, explained to the fullest extent and in a manner to make clear, to even the self-taught hornist, the secrets of successful horn playing. Included are the author's own warm-up studies, designed to create and maintain a strong, flexible embouchure. Also icluded are selected Etudes for specific playing problems.
"The bible of French Horn playing"
Summy Birchard $35.95
Farkas, P: The Art of Musicianship
The Art of Musicianship explores the skills, knowledge and sensitivity needed by the mature musician to perform in an artistic and professional manner. It has been used since 1976 in brass classes and music appreciation courses across the country. Topics of discussions include; Musicianship, phrasing, dynamics, tempo, rhythm, articulation, intonation, ensemble playing and stagefright, to name a few.
Wind Music
Gardner, R: Mastering the Horn's Low Register

A new low horn method for all horn players, whether high or low hornists, students, amateurs or professionals, who wish to enjoy the many benefits that come with low register proficiency. Randy C. Gardner, Professor of Horn at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and former Second Hornist of The Philadelphia Orchestra for 22 years, examines tone production and technique, breathing, register breaks, shifts, flexibility and more. The excerpt studies give detailed insights and practice techniques for the preparation of 30 audition excerpts with challenging low register passages including Beethoven Symphonies 3 and 9, Mahler Symphonies 1 and 3, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, Strauss Don Quixote, Ein Heldenleben and Till Eulenspiegel, and Wagner Das Rheingold. Includes a list of resources of special value to low register performance and successful audition psychology. A must for all horn players! (100 pages). Teachers and institutions are encouraged to order multiple copies together to save on mailing expenses.
International Opus
Gorham, C: Mahler. A Brass Player's Guide to the German Instructions Contained in the Symphonies of Mahler.
At last, the perfect resource for those who practice and perform Mahler's brass parts. Charles Gorham, professor of trumpet at Indiana University, has compiled a glossary of over 300 words and phrases needed to correctly understand and practice Mahler excerpts. Indispensable for both students and professionals. The print, organization and style of this all contribute to a first rate product. Highly recommended. Every brass player should own one.
Manduca Music Publications
$ ask
Hill, D: Collected Thoughts
on Teaching and Learning, Creativity, and Horn Performance
Alfred $55.95
Hill, D: Extended Techniques for the Horn.
A practical handbook for students, performers and composers. Includes CD
Warner Brothers Publications Out Of Print
Hill, D: Warm-ups and Maintenance Sessions for the Horn Player.

Really Good Music $29.95

Hill, D: French Horn Basics....Questions Answered.
A Compact Guide for Teachers and Young Players
Really Good Music $18.95
Hill, D: Low Range for the Horn Payer.
Text and Exercises by Douglas Hill
Really Good Music $22.95
Hill, D: French Horn Fundamentals.
Performance/Practice Materials for Music Education Students
Really Good Music $22.95
Hill, D: From Vibrato to Trills to Tremolos...for the Horn Player.

Really Good Music $29.95
Hill, D: High Range for the Horn Player.
Text and Exercises by Douglas Hill
Really Good Music $ ask
Hoeltzel, M: Mastery of the French Horn
The well-known standard for all questions concerning the technique and playing of the horn - now in English translation. The work is relevant to professionals as well as students. Apart from issues of daily practice and playing, it also deals with topics that haven't been covered within horn literature until recently: playing the high F-horn or the Wagner-tuba, the arrangement of the cadenza in the solo concertos (including cadenzas of all established concertos), personal management as a performer, and other subjects. The German edition has received the German award "Best Edition" 2000.
Kristy Morrell, K: Musician, Heal Thyself - A Self-Help Guide for Hornists
".... is intended to help horn players help themselves. The book is an assemblage of drills and exercises, strategies for more efficient practice and problem solving, injury prevention and musical wellness, audition preparation, and dealing with performance anxiety and other helpful resources, all in a concise and easy to use format including ten color photographs and illustrations. Dr. Morrell is instructor of horn and chamber music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and the Colburn School of Performing Arts."
Balquhidder Music
Orval, F: Method for Natural Horn Edition Marc Reift $37.95

Ree Wekre, F: Thoughts On Playing The Horn Well
"Thoughts on warming up, breathing, intonation, work of the facial muscles, memorizing, practicing, and much more." by Frøydis Ree Wekre
McCoy's Horn Library
Ridgeon, J: The Physiology of Brass Playing.
A comparative study of brass playing and teaching techniques
Brass Wind $32.95
Robinson, W.C: An Illustrated Advanced Method for French Horn Playing. Edited by Philip Farkas
This method is intended as a guide for advanced students of the horn with materials included to help students establish a good direction in their efforts and also to serve as a helpful guide in the avoidance or correction of faulty fundamental playing habits.
Wind Music $ ask
Skornicka/Erdman: Intermediate Method"A follow up course for individual or Like-Instrument Class Instruction"

Yancich, M: A Practical Guide to French Horn Playing Wind Music $ ask