Published in Jully  2015 by Phoenix Music Publications 

ISBN: 978-90-5552-072-5

Available for purchase at: Phoenix Music Publications  • June Emerson  • Köbl  • Spaeth-Schmid  • Pope Repair  • Casa dos Músicos 


This is one of the books for the III Matosinhos’ International Youtube Competition do you feel lucky?

Horn playing has nothing to do with good or bad luck, it is all about practicing! 

Ricardo Matosinhos

The story behind this book started in 2010, when the 12 jazzy etudes for horn were published by Phoenix Music Publications. Then, in 2013, two more etude books were published the 10 Jazzy Etudes for horn and the 15 Low Horn etudes. There were 13 etudes missing to totalize 50 etudes, but 13 is a bad luck number, so…
Arts in general and particularly performing arts have a strong tradition of superstitions and lucky charms. People know conscientiously it’s all merely hollow superstitions but they keep using them as a psychological support, something that increases their confidence and so ironically it ends up working out after all. This book does not intend to demystify these traditions, but rather simply reinforce the idea that horn playing has nothing to do with good or bad luck, it is all about practicing.
Practicing helps and it is definitely the key and it does help for sure, but sometimes we need something more, some sort of lucky charm…However be careful and don’t expect these lucky charms to work without practicing! I encourage you to use them if you feel the need to do so, even if it is the placebo effect that gives you confidence. I strongly recommend you to use them wisely and only after a making sure you’ve done your part by practicing or your performance might end up a terrible disaster and you’ll miss all the magic in music!

Luck or Bad Luck it’s all up to you: What, Why, Where, When, with Whom, How and How much you practice! But, most of all, please have fun while practicing!