May 18, 2022
In this episode John Ericson has a few stories related to vintage Giardinelli mouthpieces, a brief review of a book by Arthur Brooks, and more. Length 24:23
May 2, 2022
There are probably 1,000 ways to miss a note on the French horn, but one of the key items that will help improve your accuracy is proper selection of a better mouthpiece. In this episode John Ericson focuses on the topics of note connections, how those are impacted by mouthpiece choice, how to find better mouthpiece,...
Apr 27, 2022
In this episode John Ericson looks at the topic of practice and playing the French horn. Some teachers, in an effort to encourage progress, push duration and intensity of practice too far -- to the point of failure -- which is not a productive way to improve on the horn. Rest days, atheletic training, and tactics for...
Apr 20, 2022
In this episode John Ericson examines the topic of moving on from Kopprasch in lesson teaching. These venerable etudes are dated music with many alternatives that may be used today. The episode concludes with further notes looking back at grad auditions for this year and more. Length 29:37
Oct 14, 2021
In this episode we look at the topic of a correct interpretation of the Till Eulenspiegel opening solo, with a focus on how Farkas taught the excerpt. Farkas learned the solo working with the conductor Frederick Stock, who had studied the work with Strauss, as he explains in an audio clip from a presentation at the...