Playing from the Core – A New Method for Horn
New, more comprehensive approach to horn playing. Playing from the Core consists of three parts: body, body and mind connection and balanced practice. The body chapter consists of optimal playing posture, natural coordination of respiratory muscles, voice production from the deep muscle layers of the body, cooperation of embouchure, tongue and larynx. In the body and mind connection chapter physiology of stress and anxiety, awareness and mental training supporting the playing, mental preparation for performance are surveyed. Balanced practice consists of quality, diversity and rhythm in training and new, more holistic exercises for horn player.
English version of the Playing from the Core method will be released in 2017.
“Congratulations to Tommi Hyytinen on his new “Playing from the Core Method”! By writing this book he has richly contributed to our literature on horn playing. All of his knowledge and experience both as a musical artist and an expert on the Pilates method of exercises are brought together in an original way. Tommi thus manages to explain and show us the benefit of both body and mental exercises in preparation for musical performance. He shares all his wisdom so generously that I have no doubt that all performing artists, especially brass and wind players as well as singers will profit enormously from reading it.
It is indeed a fascinating and comprehensive overview as well as a thorough analysis of all physical functions while playing. We learn about research in the field of anatomy and acquire a deeper understanding of our own body muscles. Correct, efficient and well coordinated use of our body is explained in depth. In order to prevent us from harm and injury there is a “checklist” of pitfalls such as bad posture, poor breathing and a general disbalance between the various parts of our body used while holding our instrument. A set of exercises will help with creating a daily routine.
As we search for more meaning in our daily creative artistic process, Tommi helps us on our way by offering a more spiritual and holistic approach. He emphasises the necessity for more general awareness which will help us fully develop our musical potential and talent. I warmly recommend this work to all fellow musicians and hope you will find as much joy and insight as did I.”