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How to Hold a Stop Mute, and a Mute Comparison

One topic I had literally never, ever, given any thought to until today (!) is the topic of how to hold a stop mute.** My...

Your Chops, after the Warm Up

A topic that has come up quite a number of times in years of teaching is the warm up, and more specifically on how...

How to Practice Maxime-Alponse Book 6

One book of studies many Horn Matters readers undoubtedly own is Maxime-Alphonse book 6. The etudes, besides being very difficult, are also very long....

Tilt, the Secret to Mid-Low Range Power

People are always looking for horn secrets. One difficult range for many players is the “cash register” just below the staff, getting the notes...

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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 Average Tonguing, Part III: Fox and Berv

Continuing our series, we turn to two more Classic horn methods for their notes on tonguing, both of which hit on some ideas outside...

A Study on Hand Position: Notes on the High Range and...

I found the link in Random Monday this week to a recent (2009) study very interesting, on the topic of hand position. The title of...

‘Listening’ with Your Whole Body

Hearing music is not necessarily limited to the ears. Take for example musician, composer and speaker Evelyn Glennie. Ms. Glennie has been profoundly - not completely -...

Horn Repertoire Week 12: The Wagner Tuba

Continuing our look at some of the standard works horn players perform often from the nineteenth century our next topic is the Wagner tuba....

Random Monday: Answer Fail, Indy Horns, Stolen Horns and Bouncing Czechs

Wrong place, wrong question Yahoo Answers are an endless source of entertainment (click the image at right). My advice? The Yahoo search engine would be a...

Hornmasters on Stopped Horn, Part IV: Hill and Beyond

One of the best know publications of Douglas Hill is Extended Techniques for the Horn: A Practical Handbook for Students, Performers and Composers. This...
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