Resources for beginners. Also microtonal resources.

Beginner Duets Part One, Seven Sessions

Beginner Duets Part Two, Seven Sessions

Series 1, Part 2, Session 1
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Learn playing duets. This series aims to make repeating simple pitches and rhythms feel musical. I want the experience to be as close as possible to playing a duet with your teacher. Part 2 builds on your work in Part 1. Session 1 has the notes C, D, E with a sneaky B-flat near the end.

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Series 1, Part 2, Session 6
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Learn playing duets. The first duet is specifically for the F horn, notes B-flat, D & F. The second duet is specifically for the B-flat horn, notes B-flat & E-flat. The third duet begins work on a chromatic scale, notes C, B, B-flat, A - the use of fingerings 0, 2, 1, 1+2 and in reverse.

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Series 1, Part 2, Session 7
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Learn playing duets. The first duet is specifically for the F horn, notes A, C-sharp & E. The second duet is specifically for the B-flat horn, notes A & D. The third duet begins work on a chromatic scale, notes C, B, B-flat, A - the use of fingerings 0, 2, 1, 1+2 and in reverse.

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Further resources

Educational resources for students from beginner level.

French Horn Beginners: Learn Playing Duets gives you a practice-buddy. Practising is more interesting when shared. Series 1, Part 1 is free for you to download. Part 1 has 7 sessions. Each session has 3 duets. In the first you play the note C as whole notes. In the second you play the note C as half notes. In the third you play C as quarter notes. The pace is very gradual.

Series 1, Part 2 will have 7 sessions. Each session has 3 duets and is available for $4.

Modular Horns - 6 in the series so far.                                          Easy repetitive musical cells for near beginner (French) horn players. Group work supplement. Simple rhythm with variations encouraged. As few as two notes in a musical cell, for those students who don't always remember how to play their notes from one week to the next. A student can play one cell along with the music for the duration or change to another musical cell at will. For single F horns or single B-flat horns or double horns. 

Multi-moded may suit more advanced students undergoing embouchure rehabilitation. The pitch range is small and the pieces consolidate earlier learning.

Michael's Microtonal Method is for advanced players wishing to expand their knowledge, experience and skills.

Overview, Episode One (3rd harmonic), Episode Two (5th harmonic), Episode Three (7th harmonic), Episode Four (11th harmonic) published so far.

Microtonal explorations: links to YouTube videos

Multi-moded for horn & piano. More of the microtonal series.

Modular music for those with a year or so experience. More of the microtonal series.