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Available on Amazon: Playing Natural Horn Today, second edition

The third of six new editions of books by John Ericson is now out, the second edition of Playing Natural Horn Today. Updated for...

New editions of Introducing the Horn and Playing Descant and Triple...

In December I looked back at a year of sales and decided it was time for some updated editions and a change in marketing...

My Top 5 Articles from 2017

Starting the year I thought it might be interesting to see exactly which of my Horn Matters articles from 2017 ranked the highest in...

Horn Matters People of the Year: Horn People

The Horn Matters People of the Year award goes to Horn People, a group that has hugely impacted the horn world in recent years. If you...

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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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The Modern, Paperless Hornist

One trend I have noticed is that more and more horn players (and musicians in general) are to varying degrees going paperless. Using your...

Review: Orchestra Excerpt CDs

Although we all know it is coming soon, I was recently struck by the statement “The CD really is dead” in a post in...

The Four Books 2.5 Years Later, and an Excerpt from Playing...

2007 was a busy year for me as I put together four book projects and launched a publishing venture. Of the four, the one that...

Why is my Horn Sharp?

One common question is that some models of horn seem to be built rather sharp, as in the main slide needs to be pulled...

#IHSTexas Day Three: Great Performances

Thursday started out with me missing all the morning sessions due to my final rehearsal, opting for a little shopping and a good warm-up....

The “Buzzy Buzz”

A comment on the previous post reminded me an article that used to be in my Horn Articles Online site. Titled "Buzzing on the...
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