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Episodes 25-27 of the Horn Notes Podcast, interesting new horn products...

Episode 27 of the Horn Notes Podcast was recently posted, an interview with Ion Balu and Dan Vidican focusing on their new horns but...

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...

Brief review: Harmony Kopprasch by Jeffrey Agrell

The second publication in the Millennium Kopprasch series by Jeffrey Agrell is Harmony Kopprasch. For me personally this volume is much more fun to play...

A Punto award, and 20 years of Horn Articles Online, a...

To many readers it probably seems as if Horn Matters has always been there. A university horn student of today has not known 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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Technical Materials II: Standard Materials I Teach From

As mentioned in my previous post, in terms of materials I started out as I was taught but over the years began to experiment...

Anatomy of an Orchestra Gig: Getting Out-of-Town and Staying Overnight

When working in Chicago as a freelancer many years ago, a portion of my work involved commuting very long distances. For a few jobs...

Fried Horns, by William Melton

Today we welcome an article by hornist and scholar William Melton, with a link to a fascinating recording of Mahler 2 (the first complete...

Backwards Horns and The Historic Brass Society Journal

As mentioned in a previous post, at the IHS Denver event I had the opportunity to meet Richard Martz, a horn collector. While I...

Tonguing is a big key to everything, especially accuracy

The Public Service Announcement of the weekend is on the topic of tonguing. There is a lot of dogma on tonguing out there to...

Tips on How to Make Horn Players Less Accurate

Reading the recent article by Bruce Hembd, “Wild Card Critic,” reminded me of several ways teachers and conductors make things worse for horn players. Conductors. The...
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