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Episodes 25-27 of the Horn Notes Podcast, interesting new horn products...

Episode 27 of the Horn Notes Podcast was recently posted, an interview with Ion Balu and Dan Vidican focusing on their new horns but...

PSA: Why did my horn come with two main tuning slides?

Owners of Hoyer 6800 series horns may have noted that the horn is supplied with long and short main tuning slides. I noted in...

Brief review: Harmony Kopprasch by Jeffrey Agrell

The second publication in the Millennium Kopprasch series by Jeffrey Agrell is Harmony Kopprasch. For me personally this volume is much more fun to play...

A Punto award, and 20 years of Horn Articles Online, a...

To many readers it probably seems as if Horn Matters has always been there. A university horn student of today has not known 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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Prejudice and Bias in the Horn World

As noted in prior posts, I have been reading A Devil to Play by Jasper Rees. I went back to it last night and...

Random Monday: Cleveland Strike, Vlatkovic on BBC and Who’s Who

Cleveland on strike After 30 years without any work stoppages, the musicians in Cleveland are on strike. Considering our current economic climate in America, a...

Frøydis on Breaking the Rules of Horn Playing

I recently noted an interesting online article from Frøydis Ree Wekre on the rules of horn playing. Basically she says in “Never Say Never...

Anatomy of a Music Stand (Spring 2011)

In the same vein as previous articles where I posted pictures of my workstation and mouthpiece pouch contents, today's article highlights some of the...

From the Mailbag: Why so many breath marks in Strauss 1?

We get a variety of questions and this one recently is one that I am sure is wondered often. I have a question that's been...

Monster Mash Tuesday

The studio stills that Hollywood tried to hide! Tuesday's classic Hollywood monster was an avid horn player trained in the finest old-school European tradition. He...
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