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Stepping Up Your Mozart Horn Concerto Performance

A recent master class with Javier Bonet at ASU brought up some great topics in relation to Mozart 3, with the following two main...

Mailbag: Tuning Various Models of Double Horns

This very good question just recently came in, from a music educator: I am seeking any resources on French horn tuning, including diagrams with slides...

And now, A Mello Catechism, third edition

Of all my publications, I think the one that has mystified the most people has been the mellophone book. I even thought about dropping...

Now available: The Low Horn Boot Camp, second edition

Continuing the series of updated editions, today the focus is on the updated and expanded second edition of The Low Horn Boot Camp. The...

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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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Random Monday: Beer, Community Orchestras, Art Song and Beat-Boxing

Beer as a brass polish? An article titled "5 New Uses for Beer" had me wondering if this technique would work on an un-lacquered brass...

Random Monday: Beauty, Kisses and Endangered Species

Expanding dynamic range A new site offers some interesting thoughts on dynamics and air speed. Coping with stress Bruce Richards offers some good tips on attitude adjustment. Discussion...

Two Recent Resources for Performance Enhancement

One thing I have observed especially in juries (performance exams) is that players who are perhaps not technically as strong as others in the...

Keys to Avoiding Chop Problems

This past year I have been in contact with several players who have had embouchure problems, including focal dystonia. These can be very serious...

Existentialism and the Paradigm of Trolls, Musicians and Union Labor

As regular readers might know, I am an avid follower of internet culture, especially meme humor. What I find most fascinating is how some...

Copyright and the PDF Maxime-Alphonse Etudes

Looking over the search terms coming in to Horn Matters I know the word is out that there is a place you can find...
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