Breathing Book for Horn


The Breathing Book for Horn by David Nesmith is appropriate for high school through professional horn players.

To breathe well means to breathe free of tension, and hornists who breathe well create a resonant tone quality. The Breathing Book provides concise information about breathing alongside etudes and activities encouraging application of this knowledge in musically meaningful ways. The Breathing Book teaches the truth about breathing, establishing a reliable foundation for improved resonance, articulation, endurance, and tone quality.

“Mr. Nesmith provides the reader with not only a wealth of information and facts about our breathing anatomy, but lays out a clearly guided path of self discovery, leading to a tension free system of playing the horn. His unique experience as a certified Alexander Technique instructor and a professional hornist, combined with his communication skills make this a must read!” - Erik Ralske, Principal Horn, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

“BRAVO David, on your new book, The Breathing Book for Horn! This is a fantastic new book that horn players should read and use each and every day!” - Gail Williams, Professor of Horn, Northwestern University

44 pages, spiral bound to lay flat on the music stand

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Flow Studies is a companion book to this volume, offering etudes to incorporate the knowledge gained from The Breathing BookClick here to order the Breathing/Flow Bundle for Horn at a discount.

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