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The Art of French Horn Playing
By Philip Farkas

Brass - French Horn Method or Collection; Method/Instruction. The Art of Series. Learn To Play. Instructional book. With introductory text, instructional text, instructional photos, musical examples and standard notation. 100 pages. Alfred Music #00-0021. Published by Alfred Music (AP.0021).

Item Number: AP.0021

ISBN 9780874870213. 9x12 inches. English.

Philip Farkas is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music at Indiana University. In 1956, when Summy-Birchard published Farkas's book, he was a solo horn player for the Chicago Symphony and had similar positions with other orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Kansas City Conservatory, DePaul University, Northwestern University, and Roosevelt University in Chicago. This book offers help to students in learning to master their instrument and achieve their goals.

  • Choosing the Mouthpiece and Horn 
  • Care and Maintenance of the Horn 
  • Playing Position and Use of the Right Hand 
  • Fingering and Tuning 
  • Embouchure 
  • Correct Breathing 
  • Practice 
  • Legato and Legato Tonguing 
  • Tonguing 
  • Staccato 
  • Tone Quality 
  • Musical Phrasing 
  • Range 
  • Endurance 
  • Dynamic Range 
  • Mouthpiece Pressure 
  • Accuracy 
  • Transposition 
  • Lip Trills 
  • Muting and Stopping the Horn 
  • Miscellaneous Tips and Aids 
  • Selected Etudes 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Susanville, CA
    Difficulty Level:
    Not sure
  • June 06, 2011 Art of French Horn Playing

    This is a classic text on the horn along with very informative explanations and musical examples. I have reviewed this book many times over the 40 years I have played horn. Perhaps I am a bit partial to this book as I was fortunate enough to have the grand old...

    man himself, Philip Farkas, autograph my copy years ago..

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  • 5

    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • December 15, 2010 I love this book!

    My french horn teacher first introduced me to this book. It has so much information that is very important for new, and even some older, horn players to know! If you like this book you should also read Farkas' The Art of Musicianship!

    24 of 41 people found this review helpful.
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  • 3

    Amber B.
    Great Falls, MT
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  • January 31, 2008 good book overall

    this is a book i would recommend to all f. horn players because it reallly helps the player to understand the instrument they're playing, which i think is very important. it runs first through history, and different mouthpieces, horns, etc. and then moves on to technique. i'm not...

    quite through it, because it's kind of slow reading, but it's a good book to get.

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  • 5

    jose zarzo
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  • January 09, 2008 the bible for the hornplayer

    the art of french horn playing will remain the bible for all hornplayers. here is a book written by a 1st class hornist, that also was an extremely intelligent and meticulous human being.the book is a must for students and profesionals , congratulations to the late phil farkas. on the...

    vai label i recomend the dvd of the chicago symphony conducted by fritz reiner with live performances of 1953 and 1954, see and listen how phil farkas played!!

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  • 5

    La Crosse, WI
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  • August 14, 2007 The Bible for Horn Players!

    I rated this book for Beginners, but it really is for every level of player. It covers nearly every aspect, both physical and mental, of horn playing. I'm starting to play again after 12 years, and I wish I knew of this book when I started playing back in...

    grade school! It has really helped me focus on my weaknesses as a player, and got me excited about playing again!

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