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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 very recently was how to hold a stop mute. My method of...

Your Chops, after the Warm Up

A topic that has come up a number of times over years of teaching is the warmup, and more specifically how your chops should...

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....

Dimes, part III

Twice before in Horn Matters we have turned to the topic of Dimes: Why You Might Need Dimes Got Dimes? Which brings us to Part...

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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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Horn 101: Does My Horn have a Bb Tuning Slide?

This topic has come up for me at this point in many horn lessons over the years. The short answer is that your horn...

A Glimpse into the Horn I Book of the Duo Operas...

For the first production of the 2011-2012 Arizona Opera season, I am bumping up from third to principal horn on a pairing of two...

Humor: da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man ‘Photoschlopped’

The list of accomplishments of Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci is, without a doubt, impressive. When we use the term renaissance man in today's culture, his epic...

Top 10 Ways to Provoke a Horn-Geek

How to get a horn geek riled up. Horn aficionados and geeks as a general rule, are a pretty easy-going breed. But if we get...

Ask Dave: How can I play high notes without squeezing them...

Shane asks: How can I play the high notes without squeezing them out? Dave replies: At first, I was going to overlook this question as a practice...

The “Tut Tut” Style of Tonguing in Horn Articulation

Clean articulations using tongue-stopping. With my very first baby steps on the French horn, my big brother gave me the Dennis Brain Mozart concertos album...
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