MSU Horn Professor Authors New Book

Monday, November 4, 2019

Dueling Fundamentals


Writing a book is quite an undertaking, but for one Department of Music faculty member, the long hours paid off with the publication of his new method book for French Horn.

Dr. Matthew Haislip, Assistant Professor of Horn, has just announced the release of his new book, Dueling Fundamentals for Two Horns. This book consists of five chapters: Long Tones; Intervals; Flexibility; Scales and Arpeggios; and Range Extenders. In each duet, both lines are challenging—there is no “student” line and no “teacher” line. Therefore, this book works well for lessons or as an excellent tool for two friends or classmates looking to challenge themselves and each other.

The reviews are very positive:

"I can see our Northwestern University horn studio using Dueling Fundamentals for Horns not only in lessons but especially in our warm-up classes. You have covered and combined so many important fundamentals that we all need to play each and every day. These fundamentals are in our solo, chamber, orchestral, and etude literature. So, as my teacher John Covert would say, "they are all the same notes but in a different order.” Practice these exercises and you will gain the technique, strength, and intonation that will help you have a healthy career in music." - Gail Williams, Professor of Horn, Northwestern University and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence; retired, Associate Principal Horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

"Dueling Fundamentals for Horns is a great addition to the horn rep that lets players improve fundamentals while working together and having a fun time doing it!" - Marty Hackleman, Artist in Residence and Associate Teaching Professor of Horn, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance; former hornist of Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, and Principal Horn, National Symphony Orchestra

To order a copy, visit the publisher’s website.


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