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  • Series: Art of
  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (June 1956)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874870216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874870213
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Reader on March 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
Philip Farkas's book is still the best. May it long be published! (Perhaps I speak prematurely. I have not yet seen Verne Reynolds's new book on horn playing, published by the Amadeus Press.)
There are a few areas where I would like to see it brought more up to date, though. In the chapter devoted to maintenance, Farkas advocates using valve oil for lubricating the valves. That is out of date advice that I religiously followed and quickly wore out my valves' bearings, which made them clack within a couple of months of purchase of the horn. Nowadays, the better advice is to lubricate the upper and lower bearings with key oil, which has much more lubricity than valve oil, and to use valve oil strictly between the rotor and the casing as a space filler, administering the oil through the valve slides. Ever since I started searching for it in 1959, I never did find Linen Cuttyhunk string, but I think technology has moved ahead and what's now available will outlast that string manyfold. Slide greases have also improved greatly, and I don't think anyone seeks out gun grease for slides anymore. (I still use Marvin Howe's old favorite: wheel bearing grease.)
In his chapter on embouchure, Farkas included nearly everything. But he omitted mention of the levator and depressor muscles, the ones that bare the teeth, without whose participation it is impossible to form an aperture, so essential to tone and response. He was obviously using them-- I am sure I see that in the photograph of him playing-- but he might have been unaware of it. The mouthpiece also forms part of the horn player's embouchure.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jim on January 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book made me! Farkas' book is the most complete guide to playing horn I have ever read. It offers everything from lip position to advice for stage fright, and the BEST warmups you can ever use. Play his warmups for about half an hour every day, and in a month I guarantee you'll see results. This book made me the performer I am, and I can't emphasize enough how valuable it is to a horn player on any level. Buy it; it's well worth it!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1998
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I refer to this book CONSTANTLY as a guide for practicing, and playing. I've also recommended this book to all of my horn pals. It covers (and explains) everything: tuning, warm-up, embouchure, transposing, hand placement, etc. with helpful pictures. If you're serious about horn playing, this is a MUST in your library of books -- leave it in your music folder!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William L. Harwood on May 30, 2000
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This is still the best of all horn instruction books. I have used it for nearly 40 years and find new things in it every time I refer to it. As the other reviewers say, every horn player must have it, along with the Dennis Brain CD's.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1997
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"Art of French Horn Playing" by Farkas is a must and bible for horn players. Never seen a book so complete with problems and SOLUTIONS discussed
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heather on September 20, 2003
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This book was suggested to me by my horn lesson teacher and boy was she right on! I had so many questions because I've only been playing for 4 years and I still had so much to learn and know. I love the warm ups and all the information given. This book is truly the best horn book ever. The Horn Society calls it "the bible of french horn playing" and I agree 100%!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Bridewell on May 6, 2006
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This book is my favorite of all time-- and for a teenager, that may seem strange. I have played horn for about four months, and this is my reference for any issues from technical problems, to practice advice, to encouragement and warnings. Philip Farkas speaks in a way that I love-- he offers frank advice and talks to the reader in a voice that clearly states that he is a fellow hornist, a friend helping a friend. His tone is clear, honest, and very distinguished-- I found it very encouraging that he does not speak to the reader in a condescending way. I am extremely encouraged that he offers such a wide variety of advice, though I do question some of his techniques, such as sitting while practicing and advising not to hold the horn "free". I do agree with his preference of a dark, mellow tone, but I believe that can be achieved while holding the horn free if the right hand is in the correct position. Furthermore, Mr.Farkas's book is the bible of french horn and should be commited to memory by each and every hornist that is serious about this art.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tonyfv on January 3, 2004
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As a Horn teacher for many many years, this is required text for all my students. The "manual" for Horn playing.
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