Here are the two Kentucky All-State etudes for French horn for the 2018-2019 school year.
As usual, I’ll also provide a recording and some practice tips to help get you started out on the right foot. If you need more help, you can contact me for lessons – either in person or online.
KMEA All-State Horn Excerpt #1 – Kopprasch 27
Like the past several years, the first horn etude for this year’s All-Sate comes from the Kopprasch book. This year it’s Kopprasch #27
If you don’t have the Kopprasch book, you really should. You can either download it for free from IMSLP or you can buy it. It’s one of the most important books in order to be a well-rounded horn player.
KMEA All-State Horn Excerpt #2 – Shoemaker 6
Although the Legato Etudes for French Horn book by John Shoemaker isn’t quite as well known as Kopprasch, it’s been quite popular as a resource for All-State horn etudes for the past few years. I wasn’t very familiar with this book until 2008 or so, but it’s a really great book which covers a lot more than just legato playing. If you don’t have it, you should definitely check it out.
Start Preparing Now!
Hopefully, these two short videos and tips will give you some inspiration and ideas to get a jump on the All-State music for this year.
The two best pieces of advice I can give in general, though are:
- Start practicing the All-State music today. Even if you only do 1 measure of 1 piece, that’s a start. Tomorrow you can do the next measure. If you wait, the amount of work becomes overwhelming, and you never start because you’re afraid of how hard you’ll have to work. Don’t worry, you have time to practice, no matter how busy you are.
- Make sure you have a strong routine of fundamentals and do them regularly. For most horn players, this is marching band/mellophone season, so make sure that you find time to keep your French horn basics in shape. Scales, arpeggios, harmonic series, long tones, etc. I have lots of exercises for all these things over on my French Horn exercises page. All for free!
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