Horn Playing from the Inside Out, Third Edition by Eli Epstein
This book is a result of Eli Epstein’s 18 years in the Cleveland Orchestra and 30 years of Conservatory teaching. It breaks down into four parts, dealing with Technique, Musicianship, Warm up and Exercises and finally, Applying the Method. It is both innovative and inspiring. Epstein presents his theories in a clear and understandable way, which gives the reader much to think about and practical ideas to help improve one’s playing. An excellent addition to any horn enthusiast’s collection.
The third edition presents MRI images and data of an elite group of horn players, including Stefan Dohr, Fergus McWilliam, Sarah Willis, Stefan Jezierski (all of the Berlin Philharmonic), Marie-Luise Neunecker, Jeff Nelsen, and others. MRI films confirm that what we do internally, inside the mouth, pharynx, and thoracic cavity is just as important as what we do externally. And, just as there are hallmarks of healthy embouchures that most professional horn players employ, there are many consistent internal movement patterns among the elite group. Epstein presents tried and true methods to learn and teach these exemplary biomechanics.
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