The (really short) Siegfried Call [video]

Documentary of the history of the Los Angeles film studio horn players from the 1920s through the 1960s. “Featuring …interviews with LA music legends, the film follows the development of the motion picture industry…”

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The roaring twenties… California’s economy was booming. Hollywood became the epicenter of filmmaking. Silent films had gained great acclaim, and musicians were hired to play in the theatre to provide a live soundtrack for the movie. As technology advanced, studios began to record sound on the set, and the musicians would record the score off camera while the actors filmed their scenes on camera. Later, the soundtrack was recorded separately and added to the film in post production.

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C. J. Leuba plays Gallay (I) – video

French Horns, Unwond and Entwined

(Photo credit: meg_nicol)

58 Ways to Improve as a Horn Player

  1. Before you start playing, stand up and stretch. Give your head, face, and scalp a massage. Eyes closed, focus on the word “horn” for 1 minute. Breath deeply.
  2. Don’t bring your cell phone into the practice room.
  3. Warm up with comfortable overtone series patterns. Know the numbers of the overtones (hint: the central C E G triad is 4 5 6).
  4. Work on overtone skips separately from adjacent overtone movement before you mix the two.
  5. Learn new scale types, not just octave major scales, e.g. minors (natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, Dorian mode).
  6. Practice scales in all lengths, not just octaves.
  7. Work on arpeggios of various types and lengths, not just scales.
  8. Practice patterns (decorate a scale in some way, then play it in diatonic sequence up and down, e.g. scales in thirds).
  9. Be able to turn around at any time when you play scales.
  10. Start scales with a pick up or after beat one – not always on the strong beat.
  11. Every once in a while, don’t play anything in 2/4 or 4/4 the whole day. Continue reading »
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