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Looking closer at the topic of breath support with Eli Epstein

Those familiar with my teaching know that I almost never use the term “support,” and when I do I add disclaimers about...

Wellness, practice, and how to actually improve

This semester our guest for our horn day was Richard Seraphinoff. One focus was on injury and wellness, and that is a...

If you still say “clams” for missed notes …

… maybe you are getting old. I have noticed something, confirmed by current students and a former student teaching...

Brief review: Recipe for Success — a new method for young...

Anyone who teaches lessons to young horn players knows already, not only are there limited materials easily available to teach from, but...
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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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Tips for a Successful Recital Poster

UPDATE: 10/19/2010 - a revised graphic and final word. This is the time of year when academic music performance majors are planning recitals. A big factor...

Things you can do with a Music Education Degree

One of the things I get to do every year as a full time college professor is produce an "Annual Review," and one of...

Pele, a recent work for horn and wind ensemble by Brian...

This coming Sunday afternoon I will be performing at Arizona State University a very attractive, recent work for horn and wind ensemble, Pele by...

Poll: Mouthpiece Buzzing and Multitasking

UPDATE: Polls closed on 27 October 2011. Recent studies indicate that multitasking - doing more than one task at once - is not all that...

Review: Using Tooble to Download YouTube Videos

An excellent tool to make YouTube videos portable. More and more I like to use brief videos in music lessons to illustrate various things that...

One Cause of Focal Dystonia in Brass Players

One of the most serious problems a brass player can face is that of an embouchure dystonia. Why it is such a hard problem...
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