The ASU Horn Studio

The Arizona State University Horn Studio
Information for current and future students at ASU and useful resources for the horn world

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Articles on Horn History, Horn Playing, and Other Middle Brass

The Kopprasch Zone
Information on The Low Horn Boot Camp, links to free PDF etudes and duets, excerpt resources, studio materials, and much more.

Introducing the Horn
Information on a great publication for players just starting on the horn and their teachers, and more. We all need to be doing all we can to start and convert more horn players.

Playing the Natural Horn
Information on a practical, modern method for the natural horn, and six informative articles on the history and performing techniques of the natural horn, including in particular notes from the Domnich method, on the 9th symphony of Beethoven, and on Brahms and the natural horn.

Playing Descant and Triple Horns
Information on a publication for high horn playing, and an introduction to these important tools for high horn playing.

Playing the Wagner Tuba
Information on the best publication to introduce the Wagner tuba to modern horn players. Used by Wagner, Bruckner, Strauss, and others in major orchestral and operatic works, this instrument really deserves to be heard more often.

The Mello Zone
Information on A Mello Catechism, a virtual "Art of Mellophone Playing." Marching mellophones are frequently performed by current and future horn players in marching bands and drum corps.

The Early Valved Horn
An "online book"--20 carefully researched original articles on the history and performing techniques of the valved horn in the nineteenth century, based on John Ericson's published articles in The Horn Call and other journals. Topics covered include the invention of the valve, famous early performers including Franz Strauss, important early works of Schubert and Wagner, and the invention of the double horn. A great overview of the history of the valved horn in the 19th century.

A Tenor Horn/Alto Horn FAQ
Information for hornists on an alto range instrument once widely used in the United States and still used in British-style brass bands

Piston Horns
A quick look at two vintage horns with piston valves, part of the collection at Arizona State.

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A History of Horn Articles Online
The classic horn resource, housed within the ASU Horn Studio website, has been online since 1998!

And visit Horn Matters, the largest horn website on the Internet!

Purchase John Ericsons' publications online through Horn Notes Edition at

To read many more articles by John Ericson and much more visit
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This site opened in August of 1998.

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John Ericson

John Ericson has wide-ranging experience as an orchestral player, soloist, and teacher.
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Recordings by John Ericson include:


Canto, lyric works for horn and piano

Les Adieux

Les Adieux, music of Franz Strauss and others

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School of Music, Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-0405
Phone: (480) 965-4152
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