Finally it is time to discuss building up the high and low ranges of the horn, a topic on which every horn teacher has suggestions. The readings this week are from the Hornmasters series.
- Understanding Range Development
- Farkas and Schuller on the High Range
- Yancich and Fox on the High Range
- More on the High Range
- Low Range, Part I: Older Resources
- Low Range, Part II: More Recent Resources
As with previous weeks, the articles have been updated for 2016 with insights gleaned from the recent (and ongoing) MRI horn studies. It is interesting to read the quotes closely, as clearly some of the Hornmasters are suggesting things that are not great suggestions, and the concept of “breaking” the embouchure seems to mean different things to different people.
To close for this week, I would offer these additional brief thoughts on the low range from my publication Ultimate Low Horn (now out of print, but replaced with a good alternative, the Gumpert-Ericson “Low Horn Boot Camp).
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….
The specifics of how to arrive at the best low range production tend to be highly individualized but my general advice is to think of the embouchure being very open and fairly firm, keep the tonguing low and forward in the mouth, and be willing to explore “breaking” the embouchure with the goal being results.
Next week we turn to endurance and other related topics.
This is week 10 of a fourteen week course in horn pedagogy. The introductory article is here, and the series is presented for the educational purposes of our readers.