James Boldin
James Boldin
My name is James Boldin, and I am an Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where I teach applied horn and music history courses, and perform with the Chamber Arts Brass.

I have performed and presented at the Southeast Horn Workshop and have presented clinics at the Louisiana Music Educators Association State Convention and the South Central Regional Music Conference.

I am an active orchestral musician, and perform with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra as principal horn and the Rapides Symphony Orchestra as third horn, and have also performed with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Lyric Opera, and Opera East Texas.

I have published articles in The Instrumentalist Magazine and The Horn Call: The Journal of the International Horn Society, and maintain a blog devoted to horn playing and teaching at www.hornworld.wordpress.com
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Solo horns in movie filmscores
By James Boldin
By James Boldin Bruce Hembd’s great series on Horn-tastic TV Themes at Horn Matters got me thinking about all the amazing horn solos in movie soundtracks.  There are too many to list in this post, [...]

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How to write program notes
By James Boldin
By James Boldin Most music students will at one time or another need to write their own program notes, but this useful skill often goes overlooked in an undergraduate curriculum.  The ability to write and [...]

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Physical fitness for brass players
By James Boldin
A regular (or semi-regular) fitness routine can be very helpful for brass players, whether it be running, swimming, biking, or some kind of light weight training combined with aerobic exercise. Listed below are what I [...]

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How to string rotary valves on the french horn
By James Boldin
A video by James Boldin, assistant professor of horn at the University of Louisiana at [...]

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Practice journals
By James Boldin
On a recent trip back home to NC I found an old practice journal from my first year in college.  Looking back through this notebook was really kind of fun, and got me thinking about [...]

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The Feldenkrais Method
By James Boldin
A while back I posted on the potential benefits of the Alexander Technique for horn playing, and as a follow up this post will consider the Feldenkrais Method, or as it is known today, The [...]

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Chord intonation
By James Boldin
I picked up a great one page handout showing exactly where each note of a chord needs to be in order to be perfectly in tune according to just intonation. The handout is constructed to [...]

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Record your lessons
By James Boldin
Get great deals on the Zoom H4n portable digital recorder Lately I’ve been listening to some of my lessons from graduate school, specifically the two years spent working on my master’s degree with Doug Hill [...]

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Performance Practice – Turns
By James Boldin
With the exception of trills, turns are probably the most encountered ornament in horn music – think of Kopprasch and Maxime-Alphonse, to name a few. Many excellent resources deal with the performance of both turns [...]

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The Horn Handbook: Quotes
By James Boldin
Get the book here! One reference text I keep coming back to is The Horn Handbook, by Verne Reynolds. One of my favorite chapters is the last one, “Teaching the Horn.” Below are some of [...]

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