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Regular readers will know already that I am very interested in the recent (and still ongoing) MRI horn studies led by Dr. Peter Iltis...

Recently I was pointed toward some relatively recent research that indicates that a less strenuous warm-up gets better results. For example, this article from...

Since doing the interviews with Peter Iltis (MRI horn) last summer (more here) I have been pondering a related topic, horn intonation and vowel...

Recently, as part of a session with brass colleagues at our AMEA all-state, I presented a session for music educators, "Tips to Improve your...

One thought I have heard (and have repeated myself) is that this is a “golden age” for the French horn. Or is it? Before getting...

Last up in this brief series looking at some of my favorite works for the horn from the 20th century (all included in my...

Continuing this brief series looking at 20th century works I chose to include on my Canto CD, next up is Im Tiefsten Walde, Op....

We all like good music, and a lot of wonderful music for the horn was composed in the 20th century. I have five favorites...

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Random Articles

Stepping up to principal For the past few years I have stepped up a few times to play principal horn in the Arizona Opera. Since...

As we approach the end of the semester it is again very clear that a course of this type cannot possibly cover it all. But...

A hearty thanks to Kenneth Woods over at A View from the Podium for passing on a Premio Dardos Award. Somewhat resembling a chain...

From the world of Star Trek. Science fiction and fantasy shows, and the French horn seem to go together like a hand in a glove....

Harry Potter and Dmitri Shostakovitch. Found this one a while back:

I love old horns. One of those magical names among horn makers of the past is that of Kruspe. A leading horn maker in the...

While some artists and musicians might resist the idea that innate talent may be a myth, the growing evidence in scientific research is pointing...

All horn players recognize that conductors are a part of the accuracy problem. Gunther Schuller in Horn Technique addresses the topic of accuracy in...
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