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Looking back at a year of publication sales

Periodically it is a good idea to look back, take stock. Especially of your more enterprising things, is there a return on the investment?...

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...

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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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Knopf or Geyer?

One of the perennial favorite articles in Horn Matters is on the topic of Kruspe or Geyer. Both terms reference the names of classic horn...

The “N” Words: Negativity – Part I

Shooting ourselves in the foot with misinformation and gossip, teachers without hope, and personal demons. As pointed out in "Narcissism" a common tool of narcissists...

Lawson on Lacquer and on Freezing

I was recently pointed to the Lawson Horns website looking for some information in their print publications on trying mouthpieces and leadpipes, but those...

Questions on Single and Triple Horns

Recently received from a reader were a series of questions on single horns and triple horns. What is the status of single horns in the...

Hornmasters: Farkas on Right Hand Position

Most active horn teachers have read the Farkas book at some point but mostly not recently. One thing that you may have missed was...

Another Fingering Problem to Watch Out For

Besides the single B-flat horn/single F horn fingering issue noted in the previous post (the fingerings are not the same!) there is another one,...
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