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For any musician taking the plunge into learning an instrument, it’s essential to have excellent supporting material to help reach your goals. Whether you’re taking music lessons or teaching yourself, having a well-written and comprehensive method book by your side will be an indispensable resource as you explore the French horn. A method book normally has full-color illustrations and demonstrations to guide a musician step-by-step into learning a new instrument. A good method book is like having a portable music teacher at your convenience 24 hours a day. There are multitudes of excellent reading material out there to assist in helping you reach your goals of mastering the French horn. The right book is the one that helps you clearly understand the concepts being described. French horns are most commonly seen in orchestras and concert bands, and while not the most common instrument, are still popular today. Like any instrument, playing the French horn takes dedication, practice and patience. With the aid of a great method book to help you learn concepts and proper form, you’ll be playing like a champion sooner than you could have hoped.
Proper resource material will help you learn theory, basic technique, scale exercises and best use of the mouthpiece. If you are not using proper technique on the mouthpiece, the horn can sound harsh and you will find yourself tiring out much too quickly. The Accent on Achievement Book 1 Horn includes among other things, a section on ‘lip slur’ exercises to learn proper mouthpiece form and increase flexibility. Another good option is Tradition of Excellence Book 1 for Horn which is a performance-based band method and interactive practice manual. A DVD is also included to assist with visual learning. Younger players may appreciate the Hal Leonard Play-Along First Recital Series book with CD which gives professionally recorded demonstrations and solos to help them practice and refine their skills.
Learning a new instrument is a journey full of ups and downs. Wherever you plan on playing your French horn, it’s important to start with a good base of knowledge. Method books are a compact, affordable and versatile approach to learn the basics and then to continually improve your skills.