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BRIDGING THE GAPfor French Horn
BRIDGING THE GAP was created to help students consolidate abilities and information learned in the beginning book, and to help better prepare them for intermediate study.
The method book is nicely organized in five sections. Section 1 reviews time signatures by presenting them in a way that clarifies them. Section 2 introduces playing keys and ideas necessary for continued progress. Section 3 develops resilience through the use of chromatics. Section 4 places emphasis on concepts to enhance player reliability. Section 5 consists of a short series of etudes and duets which may be used as supplementary lesson material, as sight reading material, or played for enjoyment.
Because much of the information in BRIDGING THE GAP is subjective, it is often overlooked by teachers in their lesson presentations. By formalizing the material in a method book format, we have made it possible for teachers using BRIDGING THE GAP to become more thorough and more effective in their efforts to instruct and inspire their students.
CONTENT INCLUDED IN BRIDGING THE GAP
SECTION 1 - Time Signatures (Each type includes instruction and one-beat patterns)
The quarter note time signatures
The eighth note time signatures
The half note time signatures
Less common time signatures
Compound time signatures
SECTION 2 - Playing Keys
Common sense tactics for a more musical performance
SECTION 3 - Chromatics
SECTION 4 - Reliability
Play it perfectly the first time
Playing with confidence
Mixed etudes, duets and a trio
HOW THE BOOK CAN BE USED
BRIDGING THE GAP for French Horn contains supplementary material to help consolidate information learned in MEASURES for Beginning French Horn, and to prepare students physically and mentally for intermediate study. Section 3, chromatics, provides important pattern drills not found in the beginning or intermediate books.
Group lessons in a public or private school setting can be approached like private lessons except that easier etudes should be played together, and fast or ornate exercises should be played individually.
Teachers may use their own copy of BRIDGING THE GAP as a reference tool to help provide a list of topics often omitted from other lesson books, and to provide a more complete and a more systematic teaching program.