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MEASURESfor Intermediate French Horn
This method book is carefully designed for balance and efficiency in the presentation of information, drills and etudes. Understanding the layout of the book is important for assigning lesson material to players with varying abilities.
The book has two pages of scale & chord exercises in each key. They face each other; a left and right page. The content of these two pages contains exercises to establish reliable fingering patterns. There is a performance piece at the end written in the key being studied. The next two pages present new subject matter. These pages also face each other and include material to enhance knowledge and playing ability. Each new detail learned is reinforced in pages that follow.
CONTENT INCLUDED IN MEASURES FOR INTERMEDIATE FRENCH HORN
Warmups - found throughout
Pattern exercises in each key - presented throughout
New notes - presented throughout
The dot and double dot
16th note patterns in 8th note time signatures including dotted rhythms
The modern grace note (three forms)
Older forms of the grace note including historical information and performance traditions
The mordent with performance variations
The turn and it’s variations
Key signatures and Recognizing key changes
Transposition by interval
Upper range development
Trills, half step & whole step. Includes fingering charts
Irregular & changing meters
Tonguing length & style
Double and triple tonguing
Muted & stopped horn
HOW THE BOOK CAN BE USED
MEASURES for Intermediate French Horn is a direct continuation of information found in MEASURES for Beginning French Horn. Bridging the Gap is designed to consolidate and enhance information and skills learned in the beginning book so that the student’s physical abilities can catch up to his knowledge. The three books together are powerful.
College horn majors often enter school without thorough preparation. MEASURES For Intermediate French Horn can be used for review and to bring them up to speed.
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.
The clarity of our books makes them appropriate for French horn pedagogy in group settings. Not only will prospective teachers understand the information, they will also have a practical resource to rely on in their own teaching. As with all group lessons, faster or ornate etudes should be played individually.