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On teaching styles of horn teachers, and creativity

Not too long ago a colleague made an offhand comment about another teacher, saying they were a “method” teacher. That observation, and looking at...

Creativity, Gallay, and the natural horn

When I was working on the review of the new Jeff Agrell book on creativity I was struck by the idea that a lot...

Confidence, Optimism, Fearlessness, and Trusting Yourself

What mindset gives us the best horn performance? This is something debated in various ways for a long time. I decided to do a...

Brief review: The Creative Hornist by Jeffrey Agrell

Creativity. One observation I have had is that people outside of music, often they are looking for creativity, that special spark, tying that idea...

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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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Your Digital Footprint and its Future Impact

A subject that keeps coming up in trending web sites that monitor business and social networking, is social media and its impact on a...

“The Little Descants”

One thing that has not been remarked on much are the changes seen in descant horn designs since WWII. There were two basic approaches...

Halloween Frights, I

Something is not right with this image of Dennis Brain. Yes, it is upside down but if you turn your head around to look at...

Random Wednesday: Counting, Practicing and Parading

Getting the bug This is one way how French horn addicts are born. It's not that Janelle Wigal doesn't like sharing the stage with other French...

On Choosing the Right Natural Horn and Mouthpiece

This year on my annual recital one work will again be on natural horn. Between my personal instruments and Arizona State I have access...

What to practice for fun and improvement

The topic of practicing over breaks has come up several times in Horn Matters, with this article perhaps my most comprehensive on the topic....
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