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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...

Brief review: New publication, Keys to Transposition

New for 2018 is Keys to Transposition: A Method for the Teaching & Learning of Transposition on the Horn by Pete Nowlen with Brian...

Where to get printable horn excerpts

One thing I have heard mentioned more than a few times recently are issues with printing excerpts from Hornexcerpts.org. There is no “printable” version...

Brief Review: Richard Deane, Mid-Century Sonatas for Horn and Piano

Last year Richard Deane, who serves currently as associate principal horn of the New York Philharmonic, released a new CD. I was interested to...

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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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Humor: Looks Like…

Random acts of humor. Horn virtuoso and conductor Anthony Halstead** and character actor Donald Pleasence* - separated at birth? Long-lost brothers? *best known as the quintessentially...

The Most Insane and Crazy Carmen Story Ever Told – Part...

When enough is not enough. A bullfight during the opera "Carmen." Inspired by Jason Heath's "Crazy Gig Stories," (and his recent cartooning) this is a...

Hornmasters: Farkas on Horns

For the next topic in the Hornmasters series we turn to horns and begin again with Philip Farkas. For the average reader today, this...

Review: The Flip Mino Video Recorder

A cool, new video device small enough to keep in your instrument case. In the featured series "Physician Heal Thyself," basic practice tools and how...

PSA: Why did my horn come with two main tuning slides?

Owners of Hoyer 6800 series horns may have noted that the horn is supplied with long and short main tuning slides. I noted in...

Review: Etudes for Horn by Paul Basler

Back almost a year ago I was describing my teaching materials and the final article of that series was devoted to noting what materials...
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