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Brief review: Preparatory Kopprasch by Jeffrey Agrell

A very significant new publication aimed at the younger horn player (and their teachers) is Preparatory Kopprasch by Jeffrey Agrell. What Agrell has done is...

From the Mailbag: How to finger second line G on a...

This question actually came in now several years ago, and I answered it by e-mail, but it is worth noting here in Horn Matters...

Injury, pressure, dystonia, other playing problems

In episode 29 of the Horn Notes Podcast the topic centers around injury, including focal dystonia, mouthpiece pressure, and various playing problems, with some...

Talking about Horn Etudes

Etudes. Studied systematically or in more of a free form manner they a great way to work on technique and to keep your chops...

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Hornmasters: Even More on the High Range

To close the topic of the high range we have quotes and tips from seven more classic horn texts. Harry Berv in A Creative Approach...

Thoughts on ‘Quality’ and an Overview of Trusted Brands in French...

As someone who works in marketing and advertising, I respect the value and power of word-of-mouth opinion. While big-name consumer brands - like McDonald's and Sony - manipulate popular...

The Vintage Conn 8D

Last week an article was featured on Cleveland.com, “Conn-Selmer Inc. turns out classic horns for world's best musicians.” Also last week I got back...

The Top Ten Orchestral Works for Horn (the last one might...

I recently had a question come in on what were the most important horn excerpts. Back when I was first at Arizona State I...

Choosing a French Horn Mouthpiece (I): The Basic Parts

Part I: The Rim and Preliminary Thoughts Part II: Cup, Throat and Bore Part III: Weight, Plating and Shopping Tips For the past decade I have stayed...

French Horn Transposition Chart

A complete reference. Transposition Chart (PDF) (updated 2012) Over the past few months, I have been posting various transposition tricks, including how to transpose: A and...
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Brahms and Modern Performance on the Natural Horn

Brahms wrote for the natural horn in all of his works but wrote for it in a period when the valved horn was coming...

Lips, the Mouthpiece, and Aging

In the most recent issue of The Horn Call (May, 2008) there is an interesting article by Frøydis Ree Wekre on horn playing and...

Two Recent Resources for Performance Enhancement

One thing I have observed especially in juries (performance exams) is that players who are perhaps not technically as strong as others in the...

Random Monday: Mooing, bumping and stressing out

Practicing without the horn Of late I have been rather focused on buzzing techniques to be done away from the horn. Bruce Richards writes on...

Hornmasters on Trills, Part III: Berv and Brophy

One of the most extended chapters of A Creative Approach to the French Horn by Harry Berv is on the topic of “Lip and...

Turning Points

One turning point we horn players have in common is we all decided at some point to play and keep playing the French horn....
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