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Print books are back! And a brief production history of Horn...

The headline is correct, seven books of mine that since 2018 have only been available in Kindle format are available again as...

Take the 50% of the time practice challenge

Metronome. Tuner. How much do you use them in your practice? At Arizona State we have a new trumpet...

On tight valve strings, thin oil, and alignment

Rotary valves can be a bit of a mystery for horn players and musical instrument repairmen. Three topics you should consider.

Tempos and the Hindemith Sonata

Tempo choice is always an interpretation question. At the 2019 IWBC Gail Williams performed the Hindemith Sonata on...
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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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Review: The Tuning Sleeve

At the recent IHS Symposium in Denton, TX one of the new products on display was an item called The Tuning Sleeve. It is...

The Words to Mozart 4:3/Flanders and Swann

Working on the third movement of Mozart 4 with students I often bring up the topic of “the words” to the movement. Many musical works...

Presentation on “Schubert’s ‘Auf Dem Strom’ and Horn Technique in the...

This week a focus for me has been preparing the first of the three sessions I will present at the upcoming International Horn Symposium,...

Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow – The Importance of Hearing Protection...

Sound-induced hearing loss is something to take seriously - from Part I. I have a vivid memory of a sitzprobe rehearsal where a Wagnerian duo...

Muted or Stopped in American in Paris?

I enjoyed hearing the ASU Symphony concert last night. One of the works on the program was American in Paris by George Gershwin. In...

Random Wednesday: Flipping Horns, Deep Questions and George Szell on Conducting

Buying and flipping horns Bruce Tubbs takes us through the process of buying a horn online and fixing it, then providing it for sale. Heightened emotions In...
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