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Seasonal Creativity: Halloween-themed Warm-Ups

Seasonal Creativity: Halloween-themed Warm-Ups

A lot of things in your daily life can be sparks of creativity in your daily horn life. Here’s one: let’s call it “Seasonal Creativity”, by which I mean: what’s happening on the calendar.

Right now (in spite of the Xmas decorations already up for sale at big stores), it’s Halloween. So this week I’ve started doing “Halloween warm-ups” (aka Weird Warm-Ups) at lessons. Anything out of the ordinary counts, but weirder is better, and a lot of fun.

Some ideas for your HWU: Our warm-ups are almost entirely done slurred on the overtone series, so the first thing we do to weird it up is to do parallel patterns on different horns. E.g. you do 8-9-8-9 10-9-10-9 on C horn (F:13) and I do the same, but on Db horn (F:23). Or do 4 5 4 5 6 5 6 5, one on F horn, one on E horn. Try all kinds of combinations of keys and horns.

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The Creative Hornist by Prof. Jeffrey Agrell, available on Amazon

The Creative Hornist by Prof. Jeffrey Agrell, available on Amazon

The Creative Hornist: Essays, Rants, and Odes for the Classical Hornist on Creative Music Making Conventional horn wisdom has always been that one simply doesn’t go exploring with the horn. It simply isn’t done. You play the ink. Basta! Other instruments – say, instruments with a jazz tradition – are allowed off the leash, butRead more about The Creative Hornist by Prof. Jeffrey Agrell, available on Amazon[…]