"Horn Playing from the Inside Out" deconstructs brass playing and presents specific methods to improve technique, musicianship, practicing, audition taking, managing performance anxiety and expressing authentic emotion through sound. Warm-ups and daily exercises are presented and explained. The final section, "Applying the Method," puts it all together with step-by-step instructions on how to master challenging orchestral excerpts both technically and artistically.
The Third Edition presents MRI images and data of an elite group of horn players, including Stefan Dohr, Sarah Willis, Fergus McWilliam, Stefan Jezierski (all of the Berlin Philharmonic), Marie-Luis 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.
"Eli Epstein's creative, personal approach to horn pedagogy and music making is both innovative and inspiring. His passionate detailed approach gives many interesting tools to improve one's playing, and has the power to excite us to practice more intelligently and explore music more deeply."
"With this book, Eli Epstein offers a terrific window into his philosophical and practical approach to playing music. Whether you are a beginner or professional, information here can help make your playing better...This is an absolutely terrific resource: All brass players should have this wonderful new book at the top of their practice stacks."
"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!"
"In these pages, Eli Epstein shares thoughts that flow from his distinguished professional experience and deep reflection about his art. Epstein is a master teacher and innovative musician who thinks outside the box."
"Mr. Epstein's book is the new Kopprasch. This is an approach that covers every aspect of brass playing in a way that's systematic, easy to understand and easy to apply. When I approach my instrument using Epstein's positive, effective techniques, I find myself more confident, more creative, and much more at ease in my chair."
"Many of the ideas that Eli posited in the past were really quite accurate and have been supported by the evidence afforded by the MRI project. Eli's willingness to adapt to new information provided by our research in Germany presents a stellar example of how a true master teacher continues to grow...This book, I believe, will be another classic."