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Print books are back! And a brief production history of Horn...

The headline is correct, seven books of mine that since 2018 have only been available in Kindle format are available again as...

Take the 50% of the time practice challenge

Metronome. Tuner. How much do you use them in your practice? At Arizona State we have a new trumpet...

On tight valve strings, thin oil, and alignment

Rotary valves can be a bit of a mystery for horn players and musical instrument repairmen. Three topics you should consider.

Tempos and the Hindemith Sonata

Tempo choice is always an interpretation question. At the 2019 IWBC Gail Williams performed the Hindemith Sonata on...
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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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Hornmasters on Performance Anxiety, Part IV: Kaslow

David Kaslow has as arguably the central chapter of Living Dangerously with the Horn a chapter on “Fearlessness.” His discussion is substantial and should...

Friday Funny: 12 of the Most Irritating Sounds on the Planet

Being a musician I am perhaps a bit too overly sensitive to the sounds and noises of modern life when I am out in public....

The Natural Horn and the Beethoven 9 “Controversy”

In our horn repertoire class at ASU we arrived recently at the topic of Beethoven 9. The fourth horn solo has been the subject...

Random Wednesday: The Heat is On

August is Here and the Heat is On We have been having some very hot days here in Phoenix, Arizona. The temperature topped out at...

The Dilemma of Performance Paranoia

Mind over matters. Occasionally I have internal struggles with my 'chops' and how they are feeling. When this happens, it always ends up as a...

Hornmasters: Farkas on Mouthpieces

Philip Farkas chose to begin The Art of French Horn Playing with a discussion of mouthpieces and horns. As this was his starting point...
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