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From the Mailbag: Online Materials for High School hornists

One question that periodically comes (in various forms) asks about online materials that would be of use to high school hornists. Certainly, the number one...

Brief Review: An Inexpensive Natural Horn

With a small amount of funds available, I had an idea how to use them for something that would help the studio. What I...

5 Keys to Horn Success

It is human nature to be curious, what are the keys for success for famous people? The following are five keys to success I...

More on “clicks” — and the best horns

Last year a topic touched upon in an article was that of “clicks” and valve changes. In that time frame, I started taking some...

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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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Hornmasters on Mouthpiece Placement

I changed my embouchure twice in college, the first time right after my sophomore year and the second during my Doctoral studies. It is...

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...

Playing ‘dominoes’ with the conductor

This video is a fun satire of how a conductor really should not behave. Although in the much broader and very figurative sense, this...

Hornmasters: Merewether on Horns

Richard Merewether writes at length about actual horn design in The horn, the horn… Merewether was for many years also a professional hornist in...

Anatomy of a Practice Space

The room where I practice at home is also where do design and development work. This is the music wing of my desk....

Intonation and Vowel Shapes

Since doing the interviews with Peter Iltis (MRI horn) last summer (more here) I have been pondering a related topic, horn intonation and vowel...
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