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Innovative Publications for Horn and All Brass Players

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Study Materials for Horn

30 Modern Preparatory Etudes and Solos for French Horn NEW for 2020
These new etudes and solos, composed in a modern style, bridge a gap in the horn etude literature and function as a concise, modern version of the classic Schantl/Pottag book of Preparatory Melodies. The 26 short etudes focus primarily on technical issues, but the goals overall are accuracy and preparing students for performance of more difficult 20th-century etudes and works of a similar character which present a variety of challenges. The book concludes with a set of four new works that review the melodic materials of the etudes, formatted as solo horn works suitable for jury or studio class performance.
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35 Melodic Etudes, in three versions (Standard, Low, and High), by Joseph Meifred and Josef Schantl, second edition NEW for 2020
These 35 melodic etudes have been “rescued” from the method books of two important 19th-century horn teachers, Joseph Meifred (1791-1867) and Josef Schantl (1842-1902). These short, intermediate level etudes are available in an updated second edition in Kindle and print versions, at three different pitch levels. In the Standard French Horn Version the etudes are presented as originally published, in order by key, and with only light editing. The High French Horn Version increases the difficulty level by transposing these etudes to higher keys, targeting the highest notes of the horn. The Low French Horn version transposes these etudes to lower keys, targeting the lowest notes of the low horn.
Standard Print version -- Kindle version | High Print version -- Kindle version | Low Print version -- Kindle version | Sample page showing ranges

French Horn Warmup CollectionThe French Horn Warmup Collection
The topic of warming up needs little introduction; hornists who wish to excel should plan to warm up every time they get the horn out of the case to play. This practical and effective collection brings together the warmup materials and technical exercises presented in four recent publications -- Introducing the Horn, A Mello Catechism, The Low Horn Boot Camp, and Playing Descant and Triple Horns -- with additional exercises designed for the improvement of breathing and intonation.
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Horn Scales EricsonHorn Scales and Technique Exercises, second edition
A practical collection of inventive scale and arpeggio exercises to develop technique and intonation, carefully selected from the classic horn method books of Gallay, Gumpert, Kling, and Meifred. This collection contains four to six exercises in every major and minor key with varied patterns and articulations, followed by a concluding section of intonation duets based on scales for teacher and student to play together. Suited for intermediate to advanced horn students and amateurs, this collection will help in forming a foundation of great technique.
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Low Horn Boot CampThe Low Horn Boot Camp, second edition
A volume of effective materials for initial low horn study, this expanded second edition includes text on a variety of topics related to low range development and a special edition of the classic Bordogni Vocalises. This version is based on a 19th century vocal edition by Ferdinand Gumbert, presented in low treble clef and low bass clef. The low bass clef version is a fourth lower than that widely used on the trombone, with the low treble clef version providing a logical stepping stone toward developing the lowest range of the horn.
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Books and Methods

Introducing the Horn coverIntroducing the Horn: Essentials for New Hornists and Their Teachers, third edition
Covers the range of performance-related topics that are the most essential in giving a new hornist a good start. This updated edition is a great resource for beginners and for those converting to the horn, with information also of use to intermediate and advancing hornists. In addition, supplemental text is presented which is directed toward current and future instrumental music educators, and presents practical information that will serve to augment materials used in horn methods classes.
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Mellophone bookA Mello Catechism: A Guide to the World of Mellophones and Marching Horns, third edition
The mellophone is widely used today as a substitute for the horn in marching bands and drum corps. This unique publication presents information in a question and answer format on mellophone history, related middle-brass instruments, mouthpiece choices, range development, tone quality, intonation, fingering charts, warmup, coping with marching, and much more. This updated edition also includes materials of interest to music educators and horn teachers with limited mellophone experience.
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Orchestra 101Orchestra 101:
Audition Preparation and an Introduction to Professional Orchestral Performance
Many music students aspire to play full time in orchestras or to develop a freelance performance career, but have a limited perspective on what that career might actually look like. Expanded from a series of articles first published on the website Horn Matters, Orchestra 101 examines audition preparation, the early stages of a performing career, and what you should expect in terms of working conditions in the orchestral world. Positives and negatives are discussed, with the goal of giving a clear, introductory understanding at how orchestras work in the United States.
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Descant Triple bookPlaying Descant and Triple Horns: An Introduction to the use of Descant and Triple Horns,
second edition
A practical introduction to descant and triple horns, tools available to the modern hornist for more secure high range performance. This volume covers many topics related to these instruments including fingerings, mouthpiece choices, and music to study and perform, while also touching on the history of the instruments. This second edition includes expanded coverage related to high range production along with tips and excerpts from important solos and orchestral works.
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Natural horn bookPlaying Natural Horn Today: An Introductory Guide and Method for the Modern Natural Hornist,
second edition
A concise, modern method for the natural horn, developed with the needs of horn players in mind. This updated second edition is focused toward introducing the natural horn effectively for players who already play the valved horn and wish to learn the older instrument. Topics covered include equipment choices, hand positions, and much more, presented in a practical manner. Short exercises and etudes are included to build technique, making this an ideal resource for learning to play the natural horn.
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Wagner Tuba bookPlaying the Wagner Tuba: A Handbook for Hornists,
second edition
A complete, practical guide to the literature and performance techniques of the Wagner tuba, geared toward the advanced student, amateur, or young professional who needs to get up to speed quickly to perform Wagner tuba in a symphonic setting. This edition includes information on instruments and fingerings, complete parts (original notation and transposed) for Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7, excerpts from Götterdämmerung and Eine Alpensymphonie, and more.
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Study Materials for All Brass Instruments

Bordogni standard treble coverThe Bordogni-Gumbert-Ericson Collection (six versions of Bordogni for all brass), second edition
These classic vocalises (vocal etudes) by Marco Bordogni (1789-1856) are a favorite among brass players today. This new edition is based on the 1880 edition by Ferdinand Gumbert (1818-1896), following Gumbert closely for the first 21 of these classic melodies. Intended for vocalists, Gumbert has indicated more articulations and less slurs than the typical edition, providing for us more musical variety to the treatment of the original Bordogni melodies. To better suit the modern brass player his edition has been lightly updated, and is presented here as a collection of six versions, covering ranges from Standard Treble Clef to Ultra-Low Bass Clef. More information on all versions here

Our older publications and CDs

Les Adieux CDWe are committed to our line of updated and affordable publications, which since 2018 have been facilitated through Kindle Direct Publishing. However, we started out in 2007 selling print editions and CDs directly to customers, and we do still have for direct sale legacy copies of one book (hard copy version, with bigger music and spiral bound!) and the following compact discs featuring John Ericson. Contact us for price and payment information. Shipping to USA addresses only, and please allow two weeks for delivery:

  • Canto
  • Les Adieux
  • Rescued!
  • Table for ThreeReicha-trio-cover
  • Playing the Wagner Tuba, first edition

And also note that this publication (as recorded on Table for Three) is now available through IHS Music Sales

  • 10 Trios for Horn, Trombone, and Tuba by Anton Reicha, arr. Ericson


One of the most visible hornists today, John Ericson has wide-ranging experience as an orchestral player, soloist, and teacher.

Co-founder of the online magazine and resource Horn Matters, Ericson began his professional career with serving for six seasons as Third Horn in the Nashville Symphony. From there, he turned to full time teaching, first at the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam), where he launched Horn Articles Online. Since 2001 he has served on the faculty at Arizona State University and is Brass Area Coordinator. Besides teaching at Arizona State University, in recent years Ericson has also served as artist faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Brevard Music Center. He holds degrees from Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, and Emporia State University.

Canto CDHis three solo CDs on the Summit label received critical acclaim: The Horn Call hailed Les Adeiux for "Fantastic playing.... The level of musicality, nuance and artistry is not to be missed" and called Canto a "Terrific collaboration between horn and piano." Author of numerous publications, he has performed and presented sessions at eight international horn symposiums and numerous regional events.

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