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PSA: How many mouthpieces should you own?

In my recent article of bad horn advice I suggested that a serious student of the horn needs to own at least 5 mouthpieces....

Does your lip touch your mouthpiece cup?

I had heard trombone players speak of this, their upper lip does enter the cup a bit and touches the cup when they vibrate....

Looking ahead in the online world of horn

As the year ends and it is always a good time to look back and look ahead, and especially so the online world of...

Apprenticeship: Practice and teaching insights

One thing you have to keep looking for as a teacher are insights into how to teach better and how to help students learn...

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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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On Testing Mouthpiece Rims

As noted in the recent article on mouthpieces and metal allergies, my current working theory is that may I have developed a sensitivity to...

Random Monday: Coming Soon?

Summer concerto competition I attended the Interlochen summer camp for several summers and even worked there one summer while in college. A major factor for...

Backstage: Angels Seen on High

During Arizona Opera productions I like to regress to the green room of symphony hall to relax. During an intermission break at a recent...

3 Key Ideas from a Master Class with Gail Williams

My previous post on buzzing reminded me of another classic post from my original HTML blog not yet reposted to Horn Matters. Dated 3/6/05...

Random Monday: Smokin’ Graas, Character Study and College Standards

John Graas biography Thanks to Valerie Wells - here is more information about hornist John Graas. A very active musician in the 1940-1950's, Graas carved...

Cuts at the Arizona Opera

Another one bites the dust? From the 6/15/2009 Arizona Business Journal: Arizona Opera is slashing costs as it moves to keep its full slate of productions...
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