french horn lessons with william caballero

Principal French Horn, Pittsburgh Symphony, Professor of Music Carnegie Melon University
Intermediate through Advanced, Audition Prep

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William Caballero French Horn Lessons

  • Foundational Skills
  • Practice Habits and Playing Maintenance
  • Intermediate Etudes
  • Advanced Etudes
  • Orchestral Excerpts
  • Solo Repertoire

Foundational Skills

  • Introduction to Foundational Skills
  • Breathing Method
  • Air Stream
  • Buzzing Lips
  • Buzzing Mouthpiece
  • Tonal Centering
  • Air Attacks, Tongue Attacks
  • Hand Position
  • Stopped Horn
  • Stopped Horn with Brass Mute
  • Bell on or Off the Leg
  • Tuning the Horn
  • Ear Strengthening with a Piano
  • Working with a Drone
  • Forehead Movement

Practice Habits and Playing Maintenance

  • Introduction to Practice Habits and Playing Maintenance
  • Chromatic Warm-Up with Air Attacks and Tonal Centering
  • Chromatic Warm-Up with Air, Tongue Attacks and Tonal Centering
  • Major and Minor Scales
  • Minor Scales
  • Major and Minor Arpeggios
  • Sustaining Exercises
  • Dynamic Exercises
  • Interval Exercises for Legato Playing
  • Trills Understandings and Exercises
  • Bandwidths of Pieces You Are Preparing
  • Recording Yourself
  • Amount of Practicing
  • Usage of Vibrato
  • Sight Reading
  • Audition Preparation

Intermediate Etudes

  • Introduction to Etudes
  • Kopprasch Etude Studies, Book 1, #'s 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 - Analysis
  • Kopprasch French Horn Book 1, #1
  • Kopprasch French Horn Book 1, #2
  • Kopprasch French Horn Book 1, #3
  • Kopprasch French Horn Book 1, #4
  • Kopprasch French Horn Book 1, #7
  • Kopprasch Etude Studies, Book 1, #'s 8, 9, 10 - Analysis
  • Kopprasch French Horn Book 1, #8
  • Kopprasch French Horn Book 1, #9
  • Kopprasch French Horn Book 1, #10
  • Kopprasch Etude Studies, Book 1, #'s 5, 11 - Analysis
  • Kopprasch French Horn Book 1, #5
  • Kopprasch French Horn Book 1, #11
  • Kopprasch Etude Studies, Book 2, #'s 35, 36 - Analysis
  • Kopprasch French Horn Book 2, #35
  • Kopprasch French Horn Book 2, #36
  • Kopprasch Etude Studies, Book 2, #38 - Analysis
  • Kopprasch French Horn Book 2, #38
  • Kopprasch Etude Studies, Book 2, #40 - Analysis
  • Kopprasch French Horn Book 2, #40
  • Galley - Twelve Studies for Horn, Opus 57 #1
  • Maxime Alphones, Book 3, #'s 1, 2, 3, 7 - Analysis
  • Maxime Alphones, Book 3, #1
  • Maxime Alphones, Book 3, #2
  • Maxime Alphones, Book 3, #3
  • Maxime Alphones, Book 3, #7
  • Maxime Alphones, Book 3, #24

Advanced Etudes

  • Maxime Alphones, Book 4, #'s 1, 2 - Analysis
  • Maxime Alphones, Book 4, #1
  • Maxime Alphones, Book 4, #2
  • Maxime Alphones, Book 5, #'s 1, 2 - Analysis
  • Maxime Alphones, Book 5, #1
  • Maxime Alphones, Book 5, #2
  • Reynolds - 48 Etudes for French Horn #1
  • Reynolds - 48 Etudes for French Horn #24
  • Bach - Cello Suite #1 in G, 1st Movement

Orchestral Excerpts

  • Introduction to Orchestral Excerpts
  • Bach - B Minor Mass, Quoniam
  • Bach - Brandenburg Concerto #1 Trio 1st Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #2 2nd Movement 1st Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #3 3rd Movement 1st Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #3 3rd Movement 2nd Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #6 3rd Movement 1st Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #6 5th Movement 1st Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #7 1st Movement 1st Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #7 1st Movement Ending, 1st Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #7 1st Movement, 2nd Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #7 4th Movement, 1st Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #8 3rd Movement Trio
  • Beethoven - Symphony #9 3rd Movement, 4th Horn
  • Beethoven - Fidelio Overture, 2nd Horn
  • Brahms - Symphony #1 2nd Movement, 1st Horn
  • Brahms - Symphony #1 4th Movement, 1st Horn
  • Brahms - Symphony #2 1st Mvt, 1st Horn, Excerpt A and B
  • Brahms - Symphony #2 1st Mvt, 1st Horn, Excerpt C
  • Brahms - Symphony #2 2nd Mvt, 1st Horn
  • Brahms - Symphony #3 1st Mvt, 1st Horn
  • Brahms - Symphony #3 3rd Mvt, 1st Horn
  • Brahms - Symphony #4 2nd Mvt, 3rd Horn
  • Brahms - Piano Concerto #1 1st Mvt, 3rd Horn
  • Brahms - Piano Concerto #2 1st Mvt, 1st Horn
  • Brahms - Piano Concerto #2 1st Mvt, 3rd Horn
  • Bruckner - Symphony #4 1st & 2nd Movement, 1st Horn
  • Bruckner - Symphony #4 3rd Movement, 1st Horn
  • Bruckner - Symphony #4 4th Movement, 1st Horn
  • Dvorak - Cello Concerto, 1st Movement, 1st Horn
  • Dvorak - Cello Concerto, 2nd Movement, 1st Horn
  • Dvorak - Cello Concerto, 1st Movement, 3rd Horn
  • Dvorak - Symphony #9 4th Movement, 1st Horn
  • Dvorak - Symphony #9 3rd Movement, 3rd Horn
  • Franck - D Minor Symphony, 2nd Movement, 1st Horn
  • Mahler - Symphony #1 1st Movement, 1st & 2nd Horn
  • Mahler - Symphony #1 2nd Movement, 1st Horn
  • Mahler - Symphony #1 3rd Movement, 2nd Horn
  • Mahler - Symphony #3 1st Movement, 1st Horn
  • Mahler - Symphony #3 1st Movement, 4th Horn
  • Mahler - Symphony #5 Complete Analysis
  • Mahler - Symphony #5 1st Movement, 1st Horn
  • Mahler - Symphony #5 3rd Movement Obbligato
  • Mahler - Symphony #5 5th Movement, 1st Horn
  • Mahler - Symphony #9 1st Movement, 1st Horn
  • Mendelssohn - Nocturne, 1st Horn
  • Mendelssohn - Symphony #3 2nd Movement, 3rd Horn
  • Mozart - Symphony #40 3rd Movement Trio, 1st & 2nd Horn
  • Ravel - Bolero, 1st Horn
  • Ravel - G Major Piano Concerto 1st Movement, 1st Horn
  • Ravel - Pavanne, 1st Horn
  • Schubert - Symphony #9 1st Movement, 1st Horn
  • Schumann - Symphony #3 1st Horn
  • Shostakovich - Symphony #5 1st Movement, 1st Horn
  • Shostakovich - Cello Concerto #1, 1st & 2nd Movement, 1st Horn
  • Strauss - Don Juan, 1st Horn
  • Strauss - Ein Heldenleben, 1st Horn
  • Strauss - Til Eulenspiegel, 1st & 3rd Horn
  • Stravinsky - Fairy's Kiss, 1st Horn
  • Stravinsky - Firebird Suite Finale, 1st Horn
  • Tchaikovsky - Symphony #5, 2nd Movement, 1st Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #6 3rd Movement, 1st Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #6 5th Movement, 1st Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #7 1st Movement, 1st & 2nd Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #7 4th Movement 1st Entrance, 1st Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #7 4th Movement 2nd Entrance, 1st Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #8 3rd Movement Trio, 1st & 2nd Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #9 3rd Movement, 4th Horn
  • Beethoven - Fidelio Overture, 2nd Horn
  • Beethoven - Symphony #8 3rd Movement Trio, 1st Horn
  • Brahms - Symphony #1 2nd & 4th Movement, 1st Horn

Solo Repertoire

  • Introduction to Solo Repertoire
  • Bozza - En Foret
  • Beethoven - Sonata for Horn in F, Opus 17, 1st Movement
  • Mozart - Concerto #4 K.495, 1st Movement
  • Mozart - Concerto #2 K.417, 1st Movement
  • Strauss - Concerto #1, Opus 11, 1st Movement

About William

As Principal Horn of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for 24 years running, William Caballero is one of today’s most respected French horn players. He has performed as guest Principal Horn with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the St. Louis Symphony. His previous Principal Horn positions include the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, and Hartford Symphony.

A graduate from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Caballero studied under former members of the Boston Symphony. Early in his career, Caballero was a member of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and an acting member of the Boston Symphony both as Third Horn.

As an educator, Caballero has held teaching positions at Rice University Duquesne University, and at Indiana University Bloomington as adjunct professor of horn. He has taught master classes at prestigious institutes including his alma mater New England Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music, New World Symphony, and the Beijing and Shanghai Conservatories – as well as numerous others. Caballero currently chairs the Brass Department at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music and is the current Associate Teaching Professor of Horn.

In addition to his French horn lessons online at ArtistWorks, Caballero continues to collaborate with jazz and classical musicians from around the world as an in-demand chamber musician.

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