Many mistakenly call rims "embouchure visualizers," but they have more uses than to observe the placement of one's embouchure. The real value is to isolate the lip*s muscle fibers while buzzing. Jacobs cautions students not to buzz their lips without the use of a rim. Buzzing without a rim involves many more muscles than if the lips are supported with a rim. He recommends that buzzing should only be performed in the lower mid-range and for very short periods—two or three minutes maximum
The mouthpiece is placed in the Buzz Aid to add resistance while buzzing through it’s two holes. It can also be placed in the instrument’s receiver to simulate playing the instrument while buzzing. They are available for horn, trumpet, tenor or bass trombone and tuba.
No matter how strong your inner musician is, it is impossible to achieve your horn-playing goals without understanding the basic cornerstones of technique. In The Efficient Approach, I discuss at length how a clear appreciation of air pressure, embouchure support, and syllabic manipulation influence our core sound, and how that sound production influences every aspect of our horn-playing success. “…any number of complex things are explained – air, sound, embouchure use, warm-up – very succinctly, leaving out unnecessary complexity.
A brilliant accomplishment” – David Jolley
…an in-depth analysis of efficient production by an outstanding artist/teacher of the horn….practical, through, and clearly presented.– Randy C. Gardner
Included in this study by Philip Farkas are life-size, highly detailed photographs of some of the great horn players’ embouchures of the 20th century from all over the world. They show each embouchure in high, middle and low registers. A diagram at the side of each photo shows the direction of the air-column.
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The Reiter brothers, Josef and Xaver, were true heroes of the horn, having filled solo positions in the Munich Opera, other European orchestras in Sondershausen, Hannover, Karlsruhe and the Bayreuth Festival, before coming to America in the latter half of the 1880s. Here they were solo horns of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Symphony with Damrosch, Scheel's Orchestra of San Francisco, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the first season of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and finally the New York Philharmonic with Gustav Mahler and Josef Stransky. They appeared as soloists with several of these orchestras. The older brother, Josef, returned to Munich and left us rather early in 1909, but Xaver, with his hair down to his shoulders, lived on in Valhalla, New York, until 1938, a real character to the end of his life!
Norman Schweikert was born in 1937 in Los Angeles. In 1955 Norman auditioned for the RochesterPhilharmonic Orchestrain Music Director Erich Leinsdorf'shotel room in Los Angeles and won the fourth horn position. He remained with the orchestra until 1966 with three years out for military service with the United StatesMilitary Academy Bandat West Point. He earned a BM degree and Performer's Certificatein 1961 from the EastmanSchool of Music while playing in the Philharmonic, studying with Morris Seconand Verne Reynolds. Norman played second horn to Reynolds for two years and also enjoyed playing in the Eastman Wind Ensemblewith Frederick Fennell, including taking part in more than a dozen recordings. Norman spent five years as Instructor of Hornat the Interlochen Arts Academyand a member of the Interlochen Arts Quintet(woodwind). In June 1971 he joined the ChicagoSymphony Orchestraas assistant principal horn. He moved to second horn in 1975, where he remained until retiring in 1997. In 1977 Norman, Dale Clevenger, Richard Oldberg, and Tom Howellperformed and recorded the Schumann Konzertstück in Chicago. Norman also taught horn at Northwestern Universityfrom 1973 to 1998.
The contributions of Philip Farkas in the fields of symphonic horn playing, pedagogy, and instrument design are of such importance that he will certainly be considered a major figure of the twentieth century. As a horn player, he was the only person ever to be offered the solo horn position in each of the "big five" American orchestras (Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra). His first book, The Art of French Horn Playing (Summy-Birchard Music, 1956) is considered the "bible" of horn players and is still a best seller in its field. The Art of Brass Playing (Wind Music, 1962, written in collaboration with the present author) and The Art of Musicianship (Wind Music, 1976) widened his exposure to encompass the entire music profession. The horn he designed with the Frank Holton Company in 1957 immediately established itself as the top-selling American-made horn, a position it continues to hold forty years later. This biography contains a wealth of previously unavailable correspondence, technical material, and photographs. It is a "must" for all horn players and music lovers.