A Mello Catechism
John Ericson is Associate Professor of horn at Arizona State University with a Doctorate in brass pedagogy from Indiana University and a Masters and Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He is also one of those wonderful people with knowledge, talent and curiosity. This is evident in his selection of the mellophone as the subject of his latest text entitled A Mello Catechism.
Unlike his peers in the horn world, John took the unusual step of investigating the mellophone to learn more about the instruments and strategies that could be undertaken to ensure that his horn students don't negatively impact their horn playing when they switch to mellophones during marching season. This is unusual considering most horn instructors shun the mellophone outright and refuse to even address the instrument. Horn faculty members who opt to ignore the mellophone are doing a disservice to students who perform with the instrument. So, it's even more refreshing to something like A Mello Catechism written by someone as accomplished and respected as John carrying a banner for our beloved mellophone.
A Mello Catechism is comprised of 30 pages and is organized into sections addressing the instruments, how best to prepare on them and special topics for directors and arrangers. The dizzying amount of mouthpiece strategies for the modern bell-front mellophone is aptly covered. Of particular interests to directors and arrangers is advice concerning the use of B-flat marching horns and scoring mellophone parts.
Questions addressed by
the book include the following:
What is a good
tone on the mellophone?
This is a compact, but no less informative narrative that is hopefully one in a series of treatises on the mellophone by this informed and talented author.
You can purchase your copy here and see other titles by John, including a great horn companion book to the Brass Gym.
Learn more about John and his work at Arizona State University at his site hornnotes blog site.
You can also hear John at mellocast.com.
About the Author (from public.asu.edu)
John Ericson is Associate Professor of horn at Arizona State University and serves on the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society. He previously served as Website Editor for The IHS Online and was Artist Faculty for seven seasons at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.
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