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Introducing...The Crumhorn: A Practical Start to the Instrument

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SKU EMS900103

About this tutor book

In this modern tutorial, Clare Salaman introduces the Crumhorn with a progressive selection of 30 easy arrangements accompanied by technical notes and pictures. The mystery of this instrument is uncovered with a light exploration into its history and is further demonstrated with live recordings of all the included pieces available on a free audio download.

Introducing... Series

Designed as an introduction, this series provides a solid foundation in a clear and easy-to-read format. Essential for all beginners seeking a practical start to their instrument. 

The Author

Clare Salaman is a renowned multi-instrumentalist and founder of The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments. She has lectured and directed at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music.

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Erika B.
United States United States

So You Want to Play the Crumhorn. . .

If one wishes to begin playing the crumhorn in this day and age, one is limited by many things - the lack of entry-level information being one of the most dire. This book helps to close the gap. It is a friendly, non-threatening source of basic historical information, and technique - not an in-depth source, but it covers a lot of the basics for those who are approaching this instrument with total ignorance, but great enthusiasm. It includes explanations of all parts of the instrument, care of the instrument, different necessary techniques, a small selection of easy music, and a short list of further repertoire. All in all, a very useful book, well worth the purchase!

Rebecca F.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

This is the book I wish I'd had when I started

Given how little information there is out there about crumhorns, even on the internet, this book is a godsend. It's sparse and basic – there isn't any detailed discussion of anything – but it covers all the things you need to know when you start, including how to clean and care for the reed. It's got fingering charts, tips on breathing and tonguing technique (which is different from recorder) and on dealing with some of the instrument's little quirks. It does assume you already have a knowledge of music and ideally some experience with woodwinds, which is fine as I don't imagine many people take up crumhorn as their first instrument. The 30 pieces of music include a lot of well known favourites and the included audio versions are very helpful (the book comes with a download code, which is straightforward to use). Most of the pieces are simple melody lines for solo crumhorn, though they are all arranged for instruments in C – great if you're playing tenor or soprano, but you'll have to adapt if you want to play them on alto or bass. There are also two ensemble pieces, and the audio download includes multiple versions with individual parts omitted – so you can play along with it yourself, which I thought was a nice touch. Finally, everything in this book is also relevant to cornamuse, so if you're getting started with that instrument, this is the book to get.