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A look at the IVASI Horn Club Starter Kit

IVASI (Interactive Video Audition System International) is a product that should be familiar to horn teachers out there, as it has been...

Revisiting the “buzz pipe”

I’ve had phases where I made much use of a B.E.R.P. device for buzzing on the mouthpiece to work on improvement of...

Looking closer at the topic of breath support with Eli Epstein

Those familiar with my teaching know that I almost never use the term “support,” and when I do I add disclaimers about...

Wellness, practice, and how to actually improve

This semester our guest for our horn day was Richard Seraphinoff. One focus was on injury and wellness, and that is a...
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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 Making Recorded Auditions

It is audition season for schools and festivals. Recently a video and an article made the rounds featuring one particular video audition this year...

Olympic Clams, Cornophobia and Auditions

Missed notes in auditions are a no-no. My audition days are long over and honestly, I do not miss them. Yet, in the process of taking...

Random Monday: Cleveland, Entrepreneurship, and a Piccolo Horn

Cleveland musicians in IU residency Students at Indiana University were treated to a chamber concert of Cleveland Orchestra musicians that included music for brass and...

Reynolds and the Big Three Horn Concertos

One discussion horn teachers have over and over with students is that of trying to select works for recitals. Years ago in a lesson...

Brief review: Rhythm Kopprasch by Jeffrey Agrell

The Kopprasch etudes are a staple of horn (and brass) teaching, yet they are a conundrum; some love them, some hate them. Those that...

Hornmasters on Trills, Part II: Various Tips

Gunther Schuller addressed the topic of the lip trill in Horn Technique from the practical standpoint of viewing it “more as a means of...
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