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Talking about Horn Etudes

Etudes. Studied systematically or in more of a free form manner they a great way to work on technique and to keep your chops...

The Top Three Horn Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to follow your interests. There are three primary horn-related podcasts to know about as of 2018, all of which...

Brief Review: New book on Multiphonics

One work that many hornists are interested to work on is the Weber Concertino, which contains multiphonics in the cadenza. How do you learn...

PSA: How long should that mute string be?

One thing you need to do periodically as a hornist is hang your mute from your wrist to make a quick switch from open...

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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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A Brief Overview of YouTube Resources for Etude and Excerpt Study

Back when I was a youngster (whoa...did I really just say that?) auditioning for a regional or all-state event was a much different process than...

Two Ways to Warm-up, and a Great Quote from John Barrows

Today in our horn pedagogy class the topic was the warm-up. One aspect of this that is little commented upon is there are essentially...

Review: Louis Stout on Choosing an Artist French Horn

A small publication that has been on a shelf in my office for years and years is Choosing an Artist French Horn by Louis...

Warming-up before Farkas: Basic Technical Studies by Harold Meek

Recently I had a realization that so far as I can tell I don’t recall seeing a warm-up routine described in any horn publication...

Using Too Much Pressure?

Anyone who has read Farkas knows he was quite concerned with pressure and not using too much pressure into the high range. As a...

Review: Good Vibrations – Masterclasses for Brass Players

For a final book review of 2014 we have a new publication from Randy C. Gardner, Good Vibrations – Masterclasses for Brass Players. This...
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