by Howard Hilliard


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Lip Slurs for Horn: A Progressive Method of Flexibility Exercises by Howard Hilliard. ISBN 978-1-57463-108-1; $14.95. This unique text provides a comprehensive collection of essential slurring skills for the first year student as well as exercises that challenge the most advanced professional. A balance between variety and accessibility is used to challenge the ear and combat the monotony of typical lip slur exercises while maintaining a logical and musical shape to the phrase.  Special areas included contain:

  • Large intervals within a modest range
  • Exercises designed to eliminate or minimize breaks between registers
  • Memorizable warm-ups
  • Techniques that exploit out-of-tune harmonics
  • Innovative ways to increase range both high and low
  • Exercises that provide an extreme challenge to the ear
  • Lip slur hybrids combined with lip trill precursors

“…The early focus on simple intervallic slurs as they relate to the harmonic series of the horn is especially important …a comprehensive method for all levels, from the beginning student to the accomplished professional.”  

Mark Houghton, Principal Horn, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

The MOST important thing in horn playing is hearing what you’re about to play. Sometimes, feeling what you are about to play helps you to hear it. Howard’s book is a GREAT help in accomplishing this for players of all ages. Knowing where you are on the harmonic (overtone) series is crucial for any player, and Howard’s book is a great MAP to help us all navigate it.”      

Charles Bell, Hornist, The Cincinnati Symphony; horn professor, Xavier University

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