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Footnotes on the First Triple Horn

I was pleased to see my article, “Memories of the First Paxman Triple Horn,” in the October, 2017 issue of The Horn Call. It...

The question of water keys and horns

Here is a question you know you have wondered at some point: why are some horns constructed without water keys? It is a puzzle for...

Introducing the Horn Notes Podcast

Those following Horn Matters for a few years know that there are a group of videos on YouTube related to posts in Horn Matters....

On the Dreaded C on the Third Space, the Best Note...

They have all been off the site for a while, but in the early years of Horn Matters there were a series of articles...

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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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Orchestra 101: How to Get Fired

There are many more topics that I could cover in this series, but to conclude the articles already planned I must end on a...

A Complete Reference for French Horn Transposition (2012)

In a few weeks John will be covering the topic of transposition in Week 12 of the University of Horn Matters pedagogy course. In the...

All in the High F Family

One thing perhaps not obvious from my recent mellophone posts is I am actually very familiar with the high F tube length, as I...

Lady of the Lake, with Hornistic Twist

A fantastical twist on an old legend. I love the imagery and symbolism in Pre-Raphaelite works. This piece is an experiment with some new Photoshop techniques...

Advertisement Preview: Horn Matters in the IHS 45 Program Guide

In about one month the 45th International Horn Symposium will begin in Memphis, Tennessee at the University of Memphis. In order to help support...

Practicing can be Fun

One site I follow and enjoy is Trumpet Matters by Phil Collins. In his article "Accepting the Ratio" he has what I am sure...
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