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Epstein, Eli - Horn Playing from the Inside Out, A Method for All Brass Musicians 3rd ed.

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The third edition presents MRI images and data of an elite group of 12 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.

“Without a doubt the most physiologically correct book ever published on horn playing.” ~John Ericson, Horn Matters

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 NEW 3rd Edition!  “The materials and ideas in this book have had many reincarnations over the last 25 years. I wanted to see if there were universal tools that we could reliably use to take the technical mysteries out of horn playing in order to allow a greater sense of freedom and enjoyment. I discovered with great excitement that these principles were indeed helpful to others.”
     —Eli Epstein
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“An overwhelmingly stimulating and productive treatise, which will yield positive influence on legions of horn players. students and professionals alike.” 
- The Horn Call, Journal of the International Horn Society 
Peter Kurau, Horn Professor, Eastman School of Music Principal Horn, Rochester Philharmonic 

“One of the most substantial and significant horn method books to be published in years.”
- John Ericson, HornMatters, Horn Professor, Arizona State University 

“Eli Epstein’s creative, personal approach to horn pedagogy and music making is both innovative and inspiring. His passionate, detailed approach has the power to excite us to practice more intelligently and explore music more deeply.” 
- Jennifer Montone, Principal Horn, Philadelphia Orchestra Horn Professor, Curtis Institute of Music 

“Eli Epstein’s exceptionally artistic and consistent playing has been a real joy for me to hear for many years. His success as a teacher is well known. Now through this great new book, a much wider audience will be able to put his methods to work. Bravo, Eli!” 

- Richard King, Principal Horn, Cleveland Orchestra, Horn Professor, Cleveland Institute of Music

“Horn Playing from the Inside Out approaches even the most challenging techniques from a very matter-of-fact, can-do perspective, which is infectious! With this book, Mr. Epstein has gone a long way towards taking the mystery out of horn technique.”
James Boldin, Horn World, Associate Professor of Music, University of Louisiana at Monroe

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  • 5
    Horn Playing from the Inside Out

    Posted by Jeb Wallace on Apr 22nd 2022

    This book is a great resource for professional , and aspiring professional, players and for educators at every level. It’s truly a “must have” in my horn studio!

  • 5
    Very Helpful!

    Posted by Casey on Jan 25th 2022

    As an amateur horn player, I'm finding this book a tremendous help in gaining an understanding of the mechanics of playing. The discussions on vowels and breath support have been particularly useful for me immediately, and there are plenty of other tips that I can continue to implement as I improve (and I do believe there's plenty of technical information that a seasoned professional could benefit from as well)

  • 4
    Fast Delivery

    Posted by Eddie Rosario on May 22nd 2020

    The book came in good shape, but I was most impressed with the speed with which the product was mailed. Lightning quick! This is especially impressive during a pandemic. Well done.

  • 5
    Useful insights and techniques for playing better and smarter

    Posted by Steve Knobler on Dec 5th 2016

    Eli Epstein does a very nice job explaining the basics of good play, from posture and breathing to embouchure and jaw positioning. He even includes a nice selection of warm-up exercises. Best of all, he applies his principles to many common orchestral excerpts making this an extremely practical, useful book. Well done Eli!

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